They did it. They not only held their ground as every attempt was being made to undermine them, but they pushed forward. And in the process, they degraded the enemy to the point that critics can no longer cite attacks as evidence of failure.
Most of us already knew that the people who make up the American military are America's finest, but in a country whose culture and values have been corrupted, "finest" might not mean what it used to.
On the contrary, American military personnel are not just America's best, they are our best ever. They stand so far apart from and so far above the average citizen that the rest of us should only look up in amazement – or look down in shame.
Thanks to you, the men and women who have humiliated al-Qaeda as you were building trust and credibility with the Iraqis, and may all your future Thanksgivings be better than this one.
Now for the rest of the story:
Petraeus for President!
Peters for Veep!