Earlier this week, I pointed out that 2 of the 3 major American newspapers had taken the Democratic presidential candidates to task over their positions on the “surge.”
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman write that “The Surge Worked.” A key passage:
The question we face, on the first anniversary of the surge, is no longer whether the president’s decision a year ago was the right one, or if the counterinsurgency strategy developed by Gen. Petraeus is working. It is.
The question now is where we go from here to sustain the progress we have achieved — and in particular, how soon can more of our troops come home, based on the success of the surge.
And the ending:
The war for Iraq is not over. The gains we have made can be lost. But thanks to the courage of our troops, the skill and intellect of their battlefield commander, and the steadfastness of our commander in chief, we have at last begun to see the contours of what must remain our objective in this long, hard and absolutely necessary war — victory.
Now, I was going to title this post “Bipartisan Agreement on the Surge.” Then I remembered that Lieberman was not allowed to run as the Democratic candidate for Senate from Connecticut, having lost the primary to the anti-war Ned Lamont. As a result, Lieberman writes as an “Independent Democratic senator.” Which, I guess, means that only 2 of the 3 major parties can agree that the surge worked.