The media and Democrats are so focused on Iraq as a quagmire and as a failure of the Bush policy. I’m reminded that in October 2001, the same people were warning ominously the same things. They warned that the Afghans had defeated major powers in their mountainous country in the past and they would do so again. We would be committed to years of guerilla warfare, soldiers dying every day. Every time there was an apparent setback, they leapt up with their “Aha!”, claiming they were right all along.
Yet in the end, the Taliban were defeated, most Afghans embraced the overthrow, and despite initial guerilla fighting, and independent Afghan government was set up and continues in place. That’s not to say that it’s been easy or that there won’t be future setbacks, but by now all the predictions of doom have been proven false. Of course, that doesn’t deter those who made the predictions in the first place, because they have moved on. Now it’s all about Iraq, with predications of disaster caused by the Bush foreign policy. Yet, once again, they will be proven wrong. The terrorists will be pacified, democracy will sprout, and peace will return. Naturally, it’s not a guarantee that no conflict will ever hit Iraq in the future, but in the short term, Bush’s policies will be proven.