KING DAVID RETURNS
Gen. David Patraeus, who has the cultural acumen and negotiating
skill, has earned for him the most positive image among the Iraqi's of
any U.S. leader, military or civilian. His diplomatic demeanor has won
him the respect and trust of the Kurds. He's know as "Malik Daoud" -
King David among the Kurds, as he's held in such high esteem.
Gen. Petraeus truly is a brilliant talent. Faced with the reality of Iraq, he may be able to shake off the Pollyanna thinking in which our government and military have become mired. God knows, we all want the general to succeed.
The test will be straightforward: When his tour of duty in Baghdad ends, will unarmed Iraqis - and Americans - be able to walk the streets of Baghdad without fear? Or is our pathetic insistence that compromise can work in the Middle East going to lead to a tragedy beyond the imagination of politicians and pundits.