It's that as long as the US defeats "al Qaeda/in Iraq", it will all be worth it. Christopher Hitchens --
One must not declare victory too soon, but if the United States has in fact succeeded in not only smashing but discrediting al-Qaida in a major Arab and Muslim country, that must count as a historic achievement.
He was lower down on the chain mail than Ralph Peters --
Although this trend has been reported, our battlefield leaders here agree that the magnitude of the shift hasn't registered back home: Al Qaeda is on the verge of a humiliating, devastating strategic defeat - rejected by their fellow Sunni Muslims.
If we don't quit, this will not only be a huge practical win - it'll be the information victory we've been aching for.
Just one thing: is there anyone in Syria, Jordan, Egypt or Saudi Arabia who thinks that "freedom" looks like an especially good idea right now?
UPDATE: And this line of argument ignores that the fact that al Qaeda could have been defeated at the source 5 years ago if it wasn't for Iraq.