Awwwwwwww ... isn't Paul adorable?
While the resulting gains made by the surge and Sunni "awakening" are encouraging and hard to deny, there is still lots of work to do in Iraq. Many American soldiers will still die before it's over.
Add to this the fact that any misstep could easily send Iraq back into a downward spiral, so we'd best be advised to be only cautiously optimistic ... at best.
This sounds vaguely familiar ... oh, right:
Once again, take it away, Rich Lowry:
Join us next year, when we can start recycling these posts all over again.
AFTERSNARK: There's something delightfully predictable about the constantly diminishing expectations of the citizens of Wanktopia. Once upon a time, the invasion of Iraq was going to be a cakewalk, it would be over in weeks (months at the most), it would cost only $1.7 billion, hardly any troops would be killed, Iraqi citizens would be lining the streets to throw flowers at the feet of the American invaders, the overthrow of Saddam would be a harbinger of freedom and democracy taking hold and spreading throughout the Mid-East, yadda yadda yadda.
And nowadays? Well, it's a struggle but, by gosh, we're getting there, just another six months or so, and how dare all you unhinged, deranged, leftist moonbats deny the inevitable victory over the Islamojihadifarians. And all the while, the goalposts get moved further and further back, and they hope no one notices.
Apparently, yesterday's statements are inoperative. Quelle surprise.