If liberals and anti-war activists were really all about getting our troops out of Iraq, you would think that they would be trumpeting the good news there. It is now indisputable, by any metric you choose to look at, that things have improved remarkably in Iraq. Michael Yon reports on the growing belief in Iraq that "al-Qaeda is defeated." Attacks are down significantly, leading Jonathan Karl at ABC to proclaim:
" . . . nobody over here is anywhere near ready to declare victory. But the military statistics tell an unmistakable story. Violence in Iraq is down. And down considerably.
Baghdad's marketplaces are slowly coming back to life, as violent attacks in Iraq have fallen to less than half of what they were a year ago. Until recently, the trends had been deadly and consistent, violence steadily increasing to an all-time high in June. Since then, however, attacks have fallen four straight monthsin every category.
Here is graphic proof that violence is down precipitously since the Surge began, from General Odiero via the Weekly Standard:
And yet, the response to this and other good news from Iraq by the left is wilful disbelief. Not relief that the war is ending, because the war ending is a disaster for the left. If the war is not a quagmire, lost, and unwinnable that would make them . . . wrong. It would also make America victorious, and it is hard to say which does them more psychological harm. If their true concern was the safety and well-being of our troops, they would be screaming that the war is won and so we must bring our troops home. But no, their concern is political victory and being proven right, and both are now slipping out of their grasp. They will not, and cannot, ever admit that Iraq is anything but a complete disaster, even when their own liberal media tells them otherwise. They certainly won't admit it in order to help get our troops home, because the left openly loathes the military and holds them in contempt.
So expect the left to get even crazier as their denials of success in Iraq become more and more implausible, expect them to move the goalposts, and finally, when all hope is lost and victory become too obvious even for them to deny, expect them to claim that all their whining and caterwauling is actually what made victory possible.