The cost in American lives has been very high, but the people of Iraq have freedom and a republic that is methodically eliminating the terrorists within the country even as essential services and security increase daily. Six years ago Saddam threatened his neighbors, shot at American planes, exported terror, and was busy corrupting the world with oil-for-food payoffs. His mad-as-hatter sons were in line to succeed him in cruelty and ambition.
Obama wants to abandon the effort even as it crosses into success because retreat works as a political appeal to his base. His stubborn refusal to acknowledge the transformation in Iraq over the past 18 months underscores why he is not qualified to be Commander-in-Chief.