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Victory Caucus 2.0

Monday, July 23, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The redesigned Victory Caucus launched this morning, and it is a wonder.

You want facts about Iraq? Here are the facts.

You want metrics –the Victory Caucus has the metrics.

It also has the latest from the military as well as the key opinion-driven articles.

Hats off to N.Z. Bear for pouring himself into the effort to get information on the war into a form that is easily accessible and easily referenced.

The military’s willingness to engage the public about Iraq shows no sign of letting up. I spoke with General Petraeus on Wednesday, and on Friday, Centcomm’s Air Commander, Lt. General Gary L. North was interviewed by National Review’s Thomas Smith. Read the whole thing, but here are a few key graphs:

SMITH: The “surge” in Iraq: Is it working?

LT. GEN. NORTH: The surge is working. We’re seeing great progress. And look at western Iraq, out in Al Anbar Province – a huge success story – and as the enemy is seeing that they are not welcome in the west, they are bumping back up against the western sectors of Baghdad and meeting huge resistance.

SMITH: And Diyala?

LT. GEN. NORTH: Absolutely, many of the enemy have moved out into Diyala Province. There’s quite a lot of fighting going on there right now. Some major operations, and that’s working well for us also. But war takes patience. There are some of our world partners who have said to me, “You know, from your Revolutionary War through your Civil War, it took you about 100 years for you as a nation to gel.” So it takes time. We have to be forward looking. There is a lot of progress going on in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. And understand, that in this fight – militarily – we are doing fabulously.

The willingness of the military to answer the serious questions is crucial to the public understanding the profgress in Iraq and the stakes there. The Victory Caucus is a crucial bookmark for assuring that all that information is easily available inone place.

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