Peters: Don’t Get Cocky

Ralph Peters issues a word of caution:

FOR three years, this column has shot down the pessi mists who warned we were bound to fail in the Middle East. Now those of us who see our confidence vindicated must beware a premature euphoria.

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This isn’t a time to gloat. Instead, we need to work harder than ever, to keep pushing, to exploit the current momentum. We should be encouraged our enemies are certainly discouraged but more American soldiers and civilians are going to be killed in the days ahead. The Middle East’s degenerate regimes will not all go down without a fight. Nor will the many terrorists they spawned.

Quite right. As he details in the column, there’s a lot of work yet to be done. A bit of celebration now and again is good for morale but we should realize that we’re cheering for a big touchdown, not the final score.

FILED UNDER: Iraq War, Middle East
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