State of emergency in Iraq; car bomb near the Iraqi finance minister's home; First marine casualities in Fallujah.
Hang tough. This utter mayhem is to be expected. There will be increased resistance because of the US election and because of the impending Iraqi election. The terrorists will be just about hysterical by now, and are fighting like the cornered rats they are.
There's only a month or two until the Iraq elections, and if the terrorists can disrupt that they'll feel like they had a big win.
After the Iraq elections, the terrorists (whatever's left of them) will be wanting to disrupt the legitimate processes as much as possible. It's not going to be pretty for at least 4 more months.
Truly worthwhile accomplishments are rarely easy. If Kerry (or anybody else) actually has a feasible plan that will accomplish getting rid of the terrorists and getting democracy to Iraq, now would be a real good time to share it with the rest of us. Otherwise - courage, patience and faith. Our astonishing military and the brave Iraqi people are plowing through hell. They will come out the other side, but it's a tough journey.
Stay the course.
Update: Hey! Nobody else is blogging about this! I figured there'd be lots of hysterics . . nobody's even paying attention. If Kerry'd won, I expected Iraq to fade out of view but Kerry didn't win. So I figured it would stay in the news (a) in its own right and (b) to continue harping on Bush. What gives? It still matters.
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