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"...progress is visible to all but the most irreconcilable skeptics."
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Monday, July 23, 2007

Via Instapundit (who got it via Strata-sphere), Iraq's National Security Advisor, Mowaffak Rubaie, sums up the situation in Iraq as he sees it in an opinion piece in the LA Times. Definitely worth reading. He emphasizes the positive, but admits some negatives.

I picked one of his quotes for the title, because it resonates with me personally. Here it is in context:
IN THE AMERICAN media, Iraq's steady progress toward security is frequently overshadowed by news of the latest act of mass terrorism. Yet for those of us who actually live here, progress is visible to all but the most irreconcilable skeptics.
Sure, sure, he's a bureaucrat in the Iraqi government, so naturally he's going to want to sound optimistic. But that last phrase is pretty strong. I think he's referencing the fact that there are many on the left in this country who are indeed "irreconcilable skeptics" - they refuse to see anything but the worst in Iraq. You can sense the frustration he feels over that - frustration that I share.

I found this paragraph interesting:
In terms of our information campaign, we are countering the prevalent misinformation of the terrorists while working to remain transparent to the responsible media, granting them access to everything, including our military operations.
I like the fact that he sees information warfare as part of the whole. If only our own major media saw it that way.

His conclusion:
We can only progress together. We urge and expect our good friends and steady supporters, especially the United States, to continue to stand with us against the terrorists while we build the processes and improve the effectiveness of our new political system.
Whether the American citizenry has the patience to fulfill his expectations, I can't say. But I sure wish those who believe we ought to hang him and his allies out to dry would at least think about whether he might be right.
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