[T]he latest audio tape of Zaqrqawi in which he urged the Iraqi Sunni parties especially the Islamic Party to abandon the political process and go back to the “right path”.
The Islamic Party didn’t need much time to voice their rejection for Zarqawi’s message and his ideology that recognizes only violence as a way to reach goals.
The 2nd man in the Islamic Party Ayad al-Samarra’i stressed that the Party has no intention to abandon the political process.
Salih al-Mutlaq is another Sunni politician who apparently feels that Zarqawi was addressing him as well. Al-Mutlaq has also condemned violence again today and stressed that “ending violence is the key to stability in Iraq”.
What matters most about such immediate firm reactions to Zarqawi’s call is that they show that the gap between foreign terrorists like Zarqawi and Sunni Arabs in Iraq is growing wider by the day
Which should put the following in it's proper context:
In response to a decision by U.S. commanders in Iraq to reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq due to the increasing capability of Iraqi security forces:
Al Qaeda's Number 2, (or is he number one now?) Ayman al Zawahri said:
“You remember I told you more than a year ago that the American withdrawal from Iraq is only a matter of time, and here they are now … negotiating with the mujahedeen,” al-Zawahri said.
And Democrat leader John Murtha said:
"I worry about a slow withdrawal which makes it look like there's a victory when I think it should be a redeployment as quickly as possible and let the Iraqis handle the whole thing."
To sum up:
U.S. Military Commanders - "If Iraqi Security is ready, some of our troops can come home."
Terrorists - "Don't try to work things out! Shed blood!"
Iraqis - "NO!"
Democrats - "Get us out of there, we don't want it to look like victory!"
Terrorists - "They are leaving! We are victorious!"
We create an inclusive political atmosphere that fosters cooperation between previously uncooperative Iraqis while rebuilding a country and inspiring it's people to take charge of their own security which allows us to draw down the number of soldiers we have there and in response terrorists try to cause disunity and falsely claim victory in an attempt to save face and Democrats in this country want to yank them all out ahead of schedule because "it might look like victory". Bad news for you, Demorcrats (and terrorists), it doesn't just look like victory, it IS victory! Despite your greatest hopes, most dire predictions, and best efforts we are winning in Iraq.