Tuesday, September 04, 2007

President Bush in Anbar Province in Iraq 

President Bush stops in Anbar Province, a part of Iraq everyone had given up for lost. Then we do the surge and he stops by, greets the troops, has no flak jacket. This is huge!!

Key paragraph from Fred Kagan:

Instead of flying into Baghdad and surrounding himself with his generals and the Iraqi government, Bush flew to al Asad airfield, west of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province. He brought with him his secretaries of State and Defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the commander of U.S. Central Command. He was met at al Asad by General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, as well as Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kemal al Maliki, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, and Vice Presidents Adel Abdul Mehdi and Tariq al Hashemi. In other words, Bush called together all of the leading political and military figures in his administration and the Iraqi government in the heart of Anbar Province. If ever there was a sign that we have turned a corner in the fight against both al Qaeda in Iraq and the Sunni insurgency, this was it.

Read the rest - it's very important.

We can and must win. I've heard from a friend who shared that Senator Coleman has just returned from Iraq and is very pleased with the situation there.