It has been close, but the job is done, thank ****. Remember, this was the chap who praised the Brits to high heaven, so he knows what he's saying. He's been on the ground 3 years now. Sempi Fi USA. http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/talkradio/transcripts/Transcript.aspx?ContentGuid=6a1c33a5-d461-4225-9095-4659b4f878dc "In fact, I hate to make predictions too far in advance, but I would not doubt that we would see a very precipitous drop in violence over the next few months throughout Iraq as more and more people come to the table. You know, out in Diyala Province, 20 of the 25 major tribes just signed an agreement to work with the Coalition and the Iraqi Army, so thats tremendous. I mean, we see people in Nineveh Province starting to rise up against al Qaeda. Everybody is coming to the realization, many people are coming to the realization that its time for a change. You know, we made some mistakes early on, and we learned from them. Our own military has just morphed in the last couple of years, and they work very well with most of the Iraqis now, and the Iraqis have learned how to work with us. Hugh, I just wouldnt doubt it to see that in the future, Iraq is actually going to be a good ally of the United States." "You know, when I was in Mosul in 2005, I spent about five months there in 2005, we had nearly 9,000 soldiers. Now, we have about 700, of which roughly 400 are actually fighters. So you see, they know that theyre winning. When theyre down its still dangerous out there, but the ISF, the Iraqi Security Forces, have taken over a huge role, the leading role out there, and were seeing the same thing happen in like Anbar. I was just communicating with someone in Anbar just about thirty minutes ago, and its just peaceful in most places. Theres nothing going on except people getting on with their lives. And so in Diayala, Baquba, I saw the liberation. I was there for the big attack on June 19th. You know, the people were just ecstatic. I mean, they were pointing out al Qaeda, they were pointing out the IEDs and everything else, and we were just cleaning the map on al Qaeda." "et me say one more thing about morale. It is still good, but we should not extend their terms, I can tell you that. But the Sunni and Shia? Ive seen many military units, Iraqi units. Ive brought it up to them many times. And theyre working side by side in most places. Now there are some areas that are problematic, but for the most part, they actually work and play well together. So you know, its not a problem. Ive been out on many missions where its mixed units with Kurdish, Sunni, Shia. Theyre all out there. " It has been close, but the USA spirit of can-do and adaption has won the day, just as it did in 1918 and 1945 and 1991. And up yours all those here who doubted my brethren and me. ROUTINE PATROL: Army Capt. Douglas Laxson (front) leads a patrol outside of Sadr City near Baghdad.