Blessed are the peacemakers...
for they shall be called the sons of God. --Jesus of Nazareth, c. AD 27/28.
A beautiful morning, full of good news from Iraq and around the world.
1. Grayhawk has a brilliant post on victory and democracy in Iraq. Perfect on a day that highlights the principle that you bring peace to the Middle East by bringing democracy.
2. Grayhawk again with a careful post on the current strategy to reduce American troops to 92,000 next year; conditions permitting.
3. The UK Guardian posts Salaam Pax's blog from Iraq on the elections. It's progress when leading Western journalists will step aside let the Iraqis speak for themselves.
4. McCain and W clinch an agreement on banning torture. McCain has done good work on this issue, and the passing of the agreement will help consolidate support for the mission in Iraq, both domestically and internationally.
5. Rasmussen has the president's job approval up in the mid-40s, and this is consistent throughout December.
6. Sadly, the move toward to democracy in Iraq has come against the bitter opposition of many key Democratic leaders: John Kerry, House leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressman Murtha. Right now, they have created for themselves the image of a party that has two key goals if they win the Congress in 2006: surrender Iraq to the terrorists, and impeach W. I have been assuming that the GOP would lose seats in the House but retain control in 2006--but with the Democrats running on a surrender platform, the GOP has a shot at increasing its control.
Thanks to Milblogger Citizen Smash for a great post and photo.