President Obama sure seams to be on a roll. With small virtual victories, he seams to want to ride the coat tails to a victory in 2012 by bringing the troops home from Iraq. Labeling the mission in Iraq as mission accomplished is definitely not the end.
There is more to winning this unpopular war than saying we won and packing up and leaving. Certainly it sounds good. But the diplomatic front of the war is where the United States poses the possibility of defeat.
Many of the people of Iraq, including Sunni, Shi’a and most moderates, feel that we need to have a continued presence. Some are offering the idea of building Embassies in certain areas. They see the path to defeat. They live it. And, if the president is more concerned with rescuing falling poll numbers than truly helping the Iraqi’s, then the US is certain to taste defeat.
Diplomatic defeat is already starting to rear its ugly head. Afghan President Hamid Karzai is already coming out in support of Pakistan if the US were to attack. Diplomatically, the US is being portrayed as the aggressor. And, with good reason.
Failed foreign policy will lead to a diplomatic defeat. Strength from the military and its perseverance to control the radicals has lead to a military victory. There remains one thing certain: Is the real reason for bringing troops home so soon and so fast all for political gain?