Tuesday, June 24, 2008

U.S. Forces Soundly Beaten In Iraq

Ok, so the headline is a little dramatic. And before all the Democrats out there start celebrating, let me clarify...

A group of U.S. soldiers were soundly defeated by a band of former insurgents...in a soccer match.
"MULTAKA, Iraq — A soccer game on a dirt field between two amateur teams - one U.S. Army soldiers, one local Iraqis - may not seem like a big deal in the scope of the wider war. Especially when it's a blow-out by the Iraqis; when both teams are playing in running shoes, not cleats; when the nets are thin blue mesh; and when only a couple hundred fans brave the 108-degree temperature in this town due west of Kirkuk."
But the match is a symbol of something much more important (and, no, it has nothing to do with the left's dreams of our big, bad, imperial military drooping home in defeat after it's failed "occupation").
"For one thing, it was the third time in recent days when American soldiers donned shorts and "Salute to Our Fallen Heroes" T-shirts to go head-to-head and foot-to-foot with teams of opponents who, only months ago, may have been trying to kill them. For another, the soldiers were playing without body armor — a sign of improved security in the sandy Hawijah District patrolled by units of the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, N.Y."
It's certainly not all peaches and cream over there, but isn't it funny how the media has suddenly stopped giving us wall-to-wall coverage of the Iraq war in recent months? I'd say that's probably the best indication of all that things are, in fact, improving.

But, hey, I've got an idea! Now that we're finally beginning to gain some ground, and are finally gaining the trust of the locals, who once wanted us out, let's elect a president who promises to ensure our defeat, and abandon the promises made to the Iraqi people! That'd send a great message to the world: America hasn't the stomach for extended conflict, so we're just gonna pack it in.

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