2007 from the War Room
To fully understand President Bush’s decision to surge forces into Iraq and stick with the mission, to understand that it is not just stubbornness or some grand vision of a greater good being pursued, one has to look at the world through the eyes of the warriors.
Disintegration and growing Jihadi strength in Iraq, resurgent Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, nuclear weapons in Iran and North Korea, an intractable Israel-Palestine and an increasingly strong Hezbollah in Lebanon, a disintegrating Somalia and Horn of Africa, Darfur, Venezuela rising and the future of Cuba, instability in Southeast Asia, China as a great military power.
In the war room, Iraq seems indeed to be at the center of endless threats and a global war. But do they see a world on fire because they are true believers or are they true believers because they see a world on fire?
Here is my thumbnail tour of the world as the warriors see it. Tomorrow I’ll make my predictions for the coming year: