- The Washington Times - Monday, November 21, 2005

As always, facts speak loudest from the original source. Thus we direct your attention to the op-ed page, where today we publish a 2,250-word dispatch on the war from a Marine fresh from Anbar province, the southwest point of the Sunni Triangle and a key resistance point for insurgents.

We are withholding his name and that of his father — a retired Marine and the person who relayed the account to us, because the long arm of politics can reach right down into a unit. Our anonymous Marine is headed back to Iraq shortly to serve another tour — “He is actually looking forward to returning to Iraq,” his father proudly reports — so his anonymity must be protected.

Among the most telling things about this account is its confidence in victory. The Marines “not only believe they are winning, but that they are winning decisively.”

The biggest problems for the troops are from home. First, the politicians: There simply aren’t enough troops to finish the job, our Marine reports. That’s Washington’s fault. The second problem is the biased media.

For those and other compelling reasons, we direct our readers to the real thing.

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