Get this while it’s hot, before it recedes behind The New York Times firewall.
It’s by two critics of the Iraq war from the Brookings Institute, Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack, and the title is “A War We Just Might Win.”
After establishing their “Bush is a moron” bona fides, they deliver the terrible news to Times readers (with yet another “Bush is a moron” crack, just to make sure Times readers know they too hate Bush):
Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administrationâ€™s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily â€œvictoryâ€ but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.
After the furnace-like heat, the first thing you notice when you land in Baghdad is the morale of our troops. In previous trips to Iraq we often found American troops angry and frustrated â€” many sensed they had the wrong strategy, were using the wrong tactics and were risking their lives in pursuit of an approach that could not work.
Today, morale is high. The soldiers and marines told us they feel that they now have a superb commander in Gen. David Petraeus; they are confident in his strategy, they see real results, and they feel now they have the numbers needed to make a real difference.
Whatever is this world coming to? One must demand an answer to how this outrage against all liberal certainty and omniscience could have happened. Win the war in Iraq? Preposterous! Everyone knows that it was lost long ago, that the greatest military power in the world was never a match for car bombers. Get Arthur Sulzberger on the line and give him a piece of your mind for allowing this outrage to be published! Defeat is and always has been the only possibility, as the very smartest people in the world, readers of the Times, have always known.
Why, the very idea that anyone would be permitted to say differently.
Update: Wretchard at The Belmont Club has a lot to say about the Times piece by O’Hanlon and Pollack.