Yes, Iraq is working
: Today Andrew Sullivan eats a few crow feathers on Iraq:
It behooves me to write that I’m chastened – and extremely heartened – by the progress we’re making in Iraq. The elections were obviously the key – and they should have been scheduled at least a year before they were. But it’s equally true that the constancy of our amazing troops, and the magic of democracy, are turning this long hard slog into a long hard slog with an end in sight. The criticisms of the past endure. But the fundamental objective seems to be within sight. The right decision – to remove Saddam – is no longer being stymied by wrong decisions. I feared the worst. I was wrong.
Good for Sullivan. I still say it was the right thing to do. I still say it’s working. I also still say we could have done things better — hell, one always can — and so I’m not sure I’m ready to echo Sullivan there. But it is nice seeing people who had complaints — Sullivan or Maher — come forward honorably to say it’s working. Because right now, it is starting to work. Let’s hope it continues to improve.