June 18, 2007

The Counter-Surge

The lead editorial in the new Standard by Bill Kristol and Frederick Kagan compare the latest flurry of activity by the Iraqi insurgency to the desperation of the Tet offensive in Vietnam, complete with the willingness of the U.S. media to depict whatever occurs as a failure. It starts this way...

Last week, a group of tribal leaders in Salah-ad-Din, the mostly Sunni province due north of Baghdad, agreed to work with the Iraqi government and U.S. forces against al Qaeda. Then al Qaeda destroyed the two remaining minarets of the al-Askariya mosque in Samarra, a city in the province. Coincidence? Perhaps. But al Qaeda is clearly taking a page from the Viet Cong's book. The terrorists have been mounting a slow-motion Tet offensive of spectacular attacks on markets, bridges, and mosques, knowing that the media report each such attack as an American defeat. The fact is that al Qaeda is steadily losing its grip in Iraq, and these attacks are alienating its erstwhile Iraqi supporters. But the terrorists are counting on sapping our will as the VC did, and persuading America to choose to lose a war it could win.

In another good piece from the new issue, Joshua Muravchik examines the early political influences on Nancy Pelosi. It helps explain a lot.

Posted by dan at June 18, 2007 11:50 PM