At a time when reports from Iraq seem bleak at best, columnist Cal Thomas expresses his hope “that success may be closer than we think” in this column on today’s Opinion pages. He quotes from documents seized by U.S. soldiers last month and reportedly authored by an al-Qaida operative that depict the insurgency as disorganized and faltering. He concludes: “These documents ought to encourage not only the U.S. government, but also American public opinion, that the virtues of patience and commitment are likely to achieve the stated objectives of freedom and a self-sustaining Iraqi government.”
You’d like to share Thomas’ optimism, but news reports Tuesday still painted another picture: The new government remains unformed (with a May 22 deadline looming), at least 511 Iraqis have been killed this month, and at least three more U.S. soldiers have died this week.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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