My friend Jeff and I have been saying this for some time. Major Schroeder says it today:
Remember when all the Democrats, almost to a man (exempting Senator Joseph Liebermann), joined by many prominent members of the GOP, declared that we had lost and in essence quit. If it were not for the steadfastness of our President, and his faith, almost alone, in our military's (American and Iraqi) ability to effectively adapt to fight as the counter-insurgent in this war, we would have lost this war in September with Senator Reid's declaration of defeat.
To be sure, the "Surge", or more correctly, the change in tactics that General Petraeus bought to Iraq this year, has worked, and handed the IF a severe blow. But the IF are only licking their wounds and planning their next decisive move.
It us up to the Coalition to keep the pressure on the IF and destroy all of their sanctuaries in Iraq. This is exactly what they are doing. It is incumbent on the American People that we don't fool ourselves, as we did in 2003, with another Mission Accomplished moment.