Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Another Milestone in Iraq

Of course the situation could deteriorate in the future, but as of now Iraq looks like it's on its way to becoming a stable, vigorous, and prosperous democracy. To almost no media fanfare the Iraqi people went to the polls Saturday to participate in an election that many congressional Democrats predicted would never happen and some did their best to insure wouldn't happen.

The same people who insisted a year or so ago that the war was lost and that we should abandon Iraq forthwith, people like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, are stonily silent now that the war appears to be just about won.

The surge has worked and the Iraqi people, at least for now, are living in relative peace. For that almost miraculous state of affairs much credit must go to President George Bush and General David Petraeus (whom the sophomoric lefties at Move On.org fatuously labeled General Betray Us because he was Bush's point man in bringing peace to the people of Iraq).

The Iraqi election spotlights some historic achievements - a major defeat of al Qaeda, the liberation of 25 million people from tyranny, the success of Bush's philosophy of promoting freedom and democracy, the capability of America to accomplish what no other nation on earth could have succeeded in doing, and the intellectual and moral discrediting of the left which opposed Bush every step of the way - all of which goes to explain, perhaps, why the major news media outlets have had so little to say about it.


Rogue's Gallery

Bill sends along a link to an article in the Guardian which profiles the twenty-five people most responsible for our current economic woes. At the head of their list is former chairman of the Fed Alan Greenspan.

It's an interesting list, and I'm sure everyone on it deserves to be to one extent or another. My only reservation is that it reflects too much the Guardian's left-wing, anti-free market bias. There are a lot more Democrats who should have made the list, but didn't. Barney Frank and Maxine Waters, for example, should have been given due recognition for their valiant efforts to obstruct closer oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. So, too, should the former CEOs of these two lending organizations, Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson. Moreover, groups like ACORN have a legitimate gripe about being denied due recognition on the Guardian's list. These community activists often pressured banks under threat of lawsuits to make loans to "ninjas" (No Income, No Job Applicants). They deserve at least an honorable mention.

Moreover, if the Democrats are successful in saddling our children and grandchildren with another trillion dollars of debt from the current $900 billion unstimulus package we'll be able to add Barack Obama and the entire Democratic Congressional delegation to the list as well.

It's a big tent and everybody who deserves it should be given credit for their efforts.