Leave or Lose
One senses a ghastly inevitability about this American adventure—half tragedy, half farce and all folly.
After several months in which the news from Iraq has steadily if spottily improved, the time has come to think about what just a few months ago seemed unthinkable.
Don't Declare Victory
We clearly are able to achieve short- to medium-term improvements in the security conditions in the country, but we should have no illusions that we can soon “win” a bigger game.
Stay to Win
In the fifth year of America’s war in Iraq, some astounding numbers have come to suggest that the tide just might be turning.
We Won Years Ago
Such success as we have achieved in Iraq, like the strategic and tactical failures there that went before, is due largely to the (bewilderingly episodic) leadership of President Bush.
Winning a Civil War?
The U.S. military has supported and enabled the Sunni Awakening but we cannot delude ourselves into thinking that the U.S. military initiated or commands it.
For the Long Haul
Success in Iraq will come when Americans and Iraqis have arrived at a relationship durable enough to ride out political change in both societies.