Monday, February 11

Out of Touch

I loved these two stories from Drudge right next to each other:

"Pelosi: Iraq 'is a failure' followed by 'al qaeda in Iraq in total collapse'

Some of that second link bears copying:

Al-Qaeda in Iraq faces an “extraordinary crisis”. Last year's mass defection of ordinary Sunnis from al-Qaeda to the US military “created panic, fear and the unwillingness to fight”. The terrorist group's security structure suffered “total collapse”.

These are the words not of al-Qaeda's enemies but of one of its own leaders in Anbar province — once the group's stronghold. They were set down last summer in a 39-page letter seized during a US raid on an al-Qaeda base near Samarra in November.

The US military released extracts from that letter yesterday along with a second seized in another November raid that is almost as startling.

That second document is a bitter 16-page testament written last October by a local al-Qaeda leader near Balad, north of Baghdad. “I am Abu-Tariq, emir of the al-Layin and al-Mashahdah sector,” the author begins. He goes on to describe how his force of 600 shrank to fewer than 20.

Pelosi needs to loosen her headscarf or something. I think even Hillary is admitting that the surge is successful. And Obama says... well, Obama has hope that it was.

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