This morning, I did something I don’t normally do in LA. I scanned (& read) the New York Times (my Mom subscribes to the print edition). While the paper’s bias is palpable, one can still get a good sense of what’s going on in the world by perusing its pages.
Something struck me when I read the front-page article on the bomb blast in Kabul. No, not the paper’s claim of a deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan (perhaps due to NATO’s leadership of the military operations there?). Instead what I noticed was this fact: combat deaths in Afghanistan “have surpassed Iraq’s in the past two months.”
Another reminder that media silence notwithstanding, we are winning in Iraq. And to think that President Bush authorized the surge only after his party lost control of Congress to an opposition committed to ending the war.
Quite an accomplishment to shift strategy in that conflict which, in 2006, seemed unlikely to produce a victory. Not just that, the president managed to get several funding bills through a legislature whose leadership was anti-war while defeating bills favoring timetables for retreat and defeat.
The president has been far from perfect, as the latest troubles in Afghanistan show. And he has hardly promoted a conservative domestic agenda, but, against great odds, we are succeeding in Iraq.
The left may be determined to dub him a failure and the worst president in US history. George W. may not rank with Reagan or either Roosevelt, but the facts about his White House tenure tell a different story than that offered in the MSM and on left-wing blogs.