One of the Nation's leading Liberal spokespersons Peter Beinart is admitting this morning in the Washington Post, that the Surge has worked, and that the War in Iraq is a success. Amazingly, he even gives great credit to Republican President George W. Bush, and uses the term "courageous" to describe his support for the Surge. Beinart is a regular on Cable News like Fox and CNN.
From the Washington Post, "Admit it, The Surge Worked":
It's no longer a close call: President Bush was right about the surge. According to Michael O'Hanlon and Jason Campbell of the Brookings Institution, the number of Iraqi war dead was 500 in November of 2008, compared with 3,475 in November of 2006. That same month, 69 Americans died in Iraq; in November 2008, 12 did.This stands as a nice across the aisle parting gift to the President, 4 days from the end of his term. It shows, that at times, even highly partisan Liberals can be fair-minded and honest.
Violence in Anbar province is down more than 90 percent over the past two years, the New York Times reports. Returning to Iraq after long absences, respected journalists Anthony Shadid and Dexter Filkins say they barely recognize the place.
That still doesn't justify the Bush administration's initial decision to go to war... But if Iraq overall represents a massive stain on Bush's record, his decision to increase America's troop presence in late 2006 now looks like his finest hour. Given the mood in Washington and the country as a whole, it would have been far easier to do the opposite. Politically, Bush took the path of most resistance. He endured an avalanche of scorn, and now he has been vindicated. He was not only right; he was courageous.
The same cannot be said unfortunately, for some within the Libertarian movement. To this day, the Libertarian Left has been completely silent on the success of the Surge.
Not a single Leftist Libertarian has given any credit to Bush for the ultimate success of the War. A look at the usual suspects shows all without exception, completey silent in regards to Iraq War success.
Some leaders on the Libertarian Left with tight lips over Victory:Each of these individuals and organizations are highly respected leaders of the left wing of the overall libertarian movement. For years they have brutalized Bush and Republicans over the Iraq War. They have taken vitriolic jabs at anyone, even among libertarians, who supported the War. Now that the Mission in Iraq has been Accomplished, not a single one of them, has come out and admitted that perhaps they were wrong
Justin Raimondo & Eric Garris of AntiWar.com
Paleos - Lew Rockwell, Anthony Gregory, Alan Turin & Walter Bloc
Steven Greenhut of the Orange County Register
Beltway Libertarians - Doug Bandow & Dave Boaz of Cato
Editorial Board at Reason - Matt Welch, Dave Weigel, et.al.
Ron Paul and Ron Paul supporters
Libertarian Party Anarchist/AntiWar faction - Gene Berkman, Steve Newton, Mary Ruwart, Tom Knapp, Trent Hill, George Phillies, Todd Andrew Barnette, et.al.
You know it's pretty bad when Liberals prove to be even more honest than some Libertarians.
Note - In 2004, I founded and co-chaired Libertarians for Bush.
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