I have mentioned in the past when considering the trials and criticism the new Iraqi Government is undergoing, the trouble our own new Republic underwent when transforming itself from a British Colony to a self-sustaining Democracy. Investor's Business Daily echoes that analogy in a recent Editorial:
We're thankful the French didn't follow Obama's philosophy before
helping us win our independence from King George. Our desire for independence
was not unanimous. Many wanted to stay part of the British empire.
squabbling continued long after independence was won. The Articles of
Confederation failed, and we squabbled until we formed our current government
under our current Constitution, which we're squabbling about to this day.
Political reconciliation? Like in the current Congress?
The writer's mentioning Sen. Obama was concerning his recent statement that "no military surge can succeed without political reconciliation and a surge of diplomacy in Iraq and the region." I completely disagree, still continuing the American Revolution analogy. Military victories on the battlefield encouraged the above-mentioned French to side with us, and to give us arms to continue the war. Later, a military win on the battlefield of Yorktown induced the British to leave us alone long enough for us to work out our differences, and create the world's oldest Constitutional Democracy.
It's not uncommon that politicians have selective amnesia when considering history, like the recent furor over Bush's Vietnam analogy, but it is regrettable for our troops who are in harms way.
Update-Maliki is right, via Austin Bay: “There are American officials who consider Iraq as if it were one of their villages, for example Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin. They should come to their senses,”.