Is support growing?
President Bush's Iraq policy is so strongly opposed even Republican members of Congress on both sides of the aisle want to be able to tell their constituents that they are doing something to find a light at the end of the tunnel. So it becomes noteworthy when a think tank shows support for the military action.
That's exactly what the Brookings Institution's Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack are doing.
In an op-ed piece in today's New York Times titled, "A War We Just Might Win" O'Hanlon and Pollack have done a flip-flop.
"We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms," they write.
"As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administration’s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily 'victor' but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with."
The two, reporting on their trip to Baghdad, say that, unlike previous visits, where they found disheartened soldiers, this time the troops convey a sense of purpose and exhibit a high degree of morale.
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