"...the elections could make a deep impression on the citizens of Iran and its vassal, Syria. Young, educated, sophisticated Iranians, dissatisfied with their country’s religious orthodoxy and economic failures since the 1979 revolution, will draw their own conclusions from Iraq’s peaceful democratic process."President Obama argues that the successful, peaceful elections provide support for his policy of US withdrawal. That is probably true but it is evidence too that the surge has been far more successful than its detractors would admit. Let us hope that Obama takes wise and flexible counsel on the Iraq War. I believe that history will be kinder to George Bush than to his leftist rabble critics.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Ex-president George Bush's Iraq surge seems to have been a success. Free elections in Iraq where Sunni arabs participated in force and where there was widespread participation - was one of the positive outcomes that can be attributed to the surge. Contrary to popular opinion Iran is weakened by a strengthened Iraq and the rational basis for the intervention in Iraq is confirmed. As John Bolton remarks concerning the Iraqi elections: