Friday, August 22, 2008

Success is not always easy to see

We tend to venerate those who ride to the rescue after a disaster has occurred.

But those who were professionals, and in their service PREVENTED disaster from occurring in the first place, those people are much harder to find. Because the disaster didn't happen, they never got the spotlight. You may have a parent or grandparent who was a hero, without anyone in your family even realizing that fact.

I think this person fits the definition of success:

General David Petraeus's tenure in Iraq draws to a close at the end of the month, and it's a measure of his success that he is departing to far less political fanfare than when his tour began. In September 2007, called him General "Betray-Us," and Hillary Clinton said his claims of progress weren't credible. Now those critics are silent.

When General Petraeus took command 18 months ago, Iraq was sliding into chaos, and President Bush's "surge" was the last chance to bring the country under control. Last April, Majority Leader Harry Reid confidently declared, "The war is lost," and it would have been, if Mr. Bush had taken Mr. Reid's advice. Instead, he stuck with General Petraeus's counterinsurgency strategy, and now violence of every measure has been tamped down; Sunni-Shiite political reconciliation is underway; the Iraqi Army is growing in expertise; and the U.S. and Nouri al-Maliki's government are finishing negotiations toward a long-term security agreement.

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