- The Washington Times - Friday, September 3, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

As evidenced by his recent Oval Office speech on Iraq, President Obama has trouble using the word victory (“How Obama lost Iraq,” Commentary, Friday). History has shown if you can’t declare victory after ending combat operations in a war, at some point your enemy will, much as in Vietnam.

The best hope now for the Iraqi people is for the American electorate to defeat soundly Mr. Obama’s domestic and foreign-policy agenda in November, giving pause to America’s adversaries in Iraq and the Middle East looking to take advantage of a weak U.S. president. These adversaries know that weak presidents are always succeeded by strong ones, as in the case of Jimmy Carter and his successor, Ronald Reagan.

Victory will be on display after the November elections as conservative Republicans celebrate what surely will be the 2010 midterm landslides. They’ll also celebrate the start of the return to another term not in Mr. Obama’s vernacular: prosperity.

JEFF JORGENSEN

Treynor, Iowa

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