Some of the letters we get ...
Dear J. M. Marshall,
I read the Atlantic's Fallows piece in its entirety and found it a lot of hot air, and somewhat out of date, too. He has a knack of saying nothing fairly elegantly and at great length.
What's happening on the ground is we're getting 4,500 hotline tips a month vs. 500 six months ago, according to Gen. Pace. This means Iraq has "tipped" our way. So do the climbing real estate prices, the firm dinar, the returning emigres, the pathetic selection of soft targets by the remaining bombers, etc. The "victory" campaign just kicked off by Dubya fits this pattern, too. Ask Joe Lieberman...
Don't be surprised if Bush is speaking before a wildly cheering Iraqi parliament next summer, with the country almost totally peaceful. Such an event is not unlikely. And you know what that will do to elections for '06 and '08, don't you. From Alger Hiss to George McGovern to Howard Dean and John Kerry, the Democrats have been (accurately) typed as weak on national security. That is deeply embedded in the public mind. So long as the islamoterror continues, you may never get the majority again.
Many of us have been saying for a long time it would all boil down to what happened on the ground in Iraq. I still think so, and so do most Democrats. But they and you are too incestuous to see what is happening on the ground. It's Bush-Rove uber alles.
I think quantum theory predicts these alternative universes.