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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Totten Reports From Iraq

Michael Totten has a wonderful report from Iraq. Read the whole thing here. I was particularly struck by the following observation:

[T]he Shias of Iraq have never been as staunchly anti-American as the Sunnis have been and still mostly are. Saddam Hussein oppressed them almost as severely as he oppressed the Kurds in the North. The trouble for the Americans with the Shias is that so many prefer Iranian assistance, which they deem more reliable after President George H. W. Bush abandoned them to Saddam Hussein after the 1991 Gulf War.
Cutting and running has consequences. Thank God we have a President who is confident enough to stand strong against those who would "redeploy" to Guam or elsewhere and a likely successor [Hillary] who is mature enough to recognize the importance of standing by the Iraqi people.