“This strategy has succeeded, and we are winning in Iraq.”
— Senator John McCain, September 26th, 2008
The Surge certainly appears to have reduced overall violence and death in Iraq this past year. I am grateful for the reduction in violence.
But is it the Surge, or is it the forced segregation of Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites and the exodus and displacement of over 2 million Iraqis to other countries that is the real reason? The eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq will tell.
My bet is that Iraq will fall into a very bloody civil war no matter when we withdraw. I pray I’m wrong.