Good things are happening in Iraq. Progress is being made. But
If we allow this attitude to prevail — that the Islamo-Fascist is defeated and the war is over — then when the IF surges or counter attacks, then our enemies here at home will seize on our pronunciations of victory and beat us over the head with them just as they did in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and most of 2007.
The enemy has a vote in our success.
The possibility that the enemy still has a last gasp effort left in him is the cause of all the “guarded” optimism and muted celebration of the successes achieved so far. They can be expected to make one last push, one more Ardennes Offensive, to give their strategic communications campaign kinetic events to communicate about.
YOU SAID WE WERE WINNING! The enemy you claim to have beaten just killed 200 innocent women and children. YOU LIED AND PEOPLE DIED!!!!
Unenthusiastic, hesitant, unconvincing, caveated, asterisked, footnoted, measured proclamations of success worded with an eye towards future investigations don’t sound like victory, but the ability of the “Loyal” Opposition to punish intolerable (to them) triumphalism exceeds the value of any reward the rest of us might bestow upon those who would attempt to bolster our flagging will and convince us to endeavor to perservere.
By the time triumphalism has been made safe by the course of events, nobody will care.