Carol Platt Liebau: Al Qaeda Turning?

Monday, July 23, 2007

Al Qaeda Turning?

This news story reports that many low-level Al Qaeda members in Iraq, sickened by the group's brutality, are providing information to coalition forces.

A key factor is that local people and members of al-Qaeda itself have become sickened by the violence and are starting to rebel, Lieutenant-Colonel Michael said. “The people have got to deny them sanctuary and that is exactly what is happening.”

Yes, the same people whom the Democrats want to desert.


Blogger Earth to Carol said...

Commando Carol, keep your powder and panties dry. The Generals have not made their assessments and the Iraqi government has failed to meet a single benchmark.

8:34 AM  
Blogger B said...

Sounds like Earth to Carol would be saddened to see Al Qaeda losing.

1:01 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

So, Earth, are you saying you're willing to wait for the generals to make their report in September before evaluating what should be done next?

If so, I applaud you.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

My point is that Carol is the one who said we need to wait for the Generals' assessments. I just question why she doesn't do so.

Americans have historically used many means to cover and evaluate wars. The most obvious is a free press, our intelligence organizations, our allies. It has never used blind faith in Generals and/or the President.

If we give the CIC and all the Generals under him blind faith, we really just end up with a dictatorship.

That is not to say we should not listen to the President and Generals. They obviously have much to add to any evaluation and analysis. This administration's credibility has been damaged and that is of their own making. Bush has an approval rating of 25% and Cheney around 18%.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

So I guess that's a "No." You're not willing to wait for the General's report before you make up your mind. But, for heaven's sake Carol had better!

There's a difference between "covering" the war and making decisions regarding the war. We can all discuss the war. (By the way, it was magnanimous of you to concede that the Commander-in-Chief and military leaders are allowed to throw their 2 cents worth into the discussion.) But it is the President and Congress that actually have to make the decisions - not the press, not me, and not you.

By the way, what is the current approval rating of the Democratic Congress?

Thankfully and unlike our previous President, our current President is not a slave to public opinion polls!

6:06 AM  

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