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Morning Bell: Protecting Their Fragile Progress
Posted By Conn Carroll On January 2, 2008 @ 2:47 pm In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
22-year-old Iraqi student Ridaa al-Azzawi told Reuters  New Years Eve, “The security has changed and it took us by surprise. We’re very happy. Especially us young people.” While the statistics support al-Azzawi’s personal observations, liberals back in the United States are threatening to pull the plug Iraq’s nascent peace.
According to iCasualites.org , casualties for both American servicemen and Iraqi civilians were down from November. The comparison to December 2006 is even more dramatic. US deaths  were 80% lower in 12/07 than 12/06 (23-112) and Iraqi casualties  fell more than 70% (1629-462).
The dramatic turn around in Iraq comes as long held conservative principles were finally implemented in theater. As The Honorable Thaddeus McCotter recently told a Heritage  audience: “I believe that Russell Kirk was right: Every society has traditional roots of order. As a conservative, this is a deeply held principle for me. For the United States government, under the direction of a ‘conservative president’ to try to create a model democracy in Iraq from the top down through a highly centralized bureaucratic state was absolutely inexcusable. What we are seeing now is the success of General David Petraeus’s plan. … This is because he has adopted a counter-insurgency plan that relies upon gathering the support of the traditional roots of order–the local tribal and religious leaders–just as the United States did with our town councils as we built up to states, as we built up to the Articles of Confederation, and as we built up to a Constitution.”
The American people are beginning to take notice as well. Data from PollingReport.com  show that Americans belief that the surge is helping the situation in Iraq has steadily increased since April 2007, while the belief that increased troop levels are hurting the situation have consistently declined.
This new reality has been completely lost on progressives here in America. John Edwards recently promised  Democratic caucus voters in Iowa that he would remove virtually all American forces within 10 months. This despite the fact that the latest National Intelligence Estimate warned that hasty withdrawal of American troops from Iraq would probably lead to “massive civilian casualties and forced population displacement.”
Back in Iraq, Al-Azzawi told Reuters, “This will be the year that we take our freedom!” Let’s hope Americas leader make that a real possibility.
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URLs in this post:
 Reuters: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071231/ts_nm/iraq_newyear_dc_2
 iCasualites.org: http://icasualties.org/oif/
 US deaths: http://icasualties.org/oif/IraqiDeaths.aspx
 Heritage: http://www.heritage.org/Research/MiddleEast/hl1053.cfm
 PollingReport.com: http://www.pollingreport.com/iraq.htm
 recently promised: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/02/us/politics/02edwards.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&hp&adxnnlx=1199272583-DXiLbaNki1KdBrlDokrLiw
 elections postponed: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119927694651762085.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
 24-hour security: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,22995670-2703,00.html
 defense ties: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/India_Israel_to_focus_on_joint_RD_in_defence_/articleshow/2667414.cms
 armed supermarket customer: http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=7565465&nav=menu188_2
 Rasmussen Reports: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/party_affiliation/partisan_trends
 New Orleans: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8TTC5F80&show_article=1&catnum=1
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