My friend, the estimable John Hinderaker, posts “The Beginning of the End?”
The good news out of Iraq is indeed very good, and John’s links are valuable and should be read.
But to even hint at “the beginning of the end” is, I think, an improvident turn of phrase. Perhaps it is the beginning of the end of the large American deployment, but the Islamists are nested across the globe and just last week laid claim on Mogadishu. Even as one cell was broken up in Canada, authorities in London admitted to their being dozens of such cells in Great Britain.
“This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Speech given at the Lord Mayor’s Luncheon, Mansion House, London, November 10, 1942.
In his update, John noted that the decisive turning point he is hoping for is one “in Iraq,” but if, as he and I both believe, it is all one war, we should be careful to note over and over again that success on one front is not success in the long war.