Military: Al Qaeda in Iraq Crippled

I have to admit that I’m somewhat surprised to hear even the slightest optimism in terms of the decimation of Al Qaeda in Iraq. It’s not that I ever thought Al Qaeda could match the might of the American military; but I simply believed that Al Qaeda was rooted in too deep for any overall plan to be this effective.

Washington Post) The U.S. military believes it has dealt devastating and perhaps irreversible blows to al-Qaeda in Iraq in recent months, leading some generals to advocate a declaration of victory over the group, which the Bush administration has long described as the most lethal U.S. adversary in Iraq…

There is widespread agreement that AQI has suffered major blows over the past three months. Among the indicators cited is a sharp drop in suicide bombings, the group's signature attack, from more than 60 in January to around 30 a month since July. Captures and interrogations of AQI leaders over the summer had what a senior military intelligence official called a "cascade effect," leading to other killings and captures. The flow of foreign fighters through Syria into Iraq has also diminished, according to officials.

My plan for victory in Iraq is clear cut and would work, but of course the Bush administration would never even consider this type of move. So all we can hope for is that the United States military continue to kill every terrorist and insurgent they can find. And with news that AQI is on the brink of collapse, it gives the disaster in Iraq a foothold to leverage off.