It’s a long story and I’ll have more to say about it tomorrow. But for now, do consider this quote:
And yet it has to be said and it should be understood — now, almost seven hellish years later — that something that looks mighty like democracy is emerging in Iraq. And while it may not be a beacon of inspiration to the region, it most certainly is a watershed event that could come to represent a whole new era in the history of the massively undemocratic Middle East.
First Joe Biden declares Iraq to be one of the great successes of the Obama administration; now Newsweek is publishing pieces on the “rebirth” of that nation. While things can still unwind and no success can be considered final just yet, it is still quite an extraordinary moment — and a deeply heartening one. And one that didn’t happen by accident.