(Approx. April, '03)
With our troops now more or less in charge of the Baghdad airport and closing in on the city; with the southern oil fields safely in our hands and the northern oil fields apparently in little danger; and the Brits holding sway in Iraq's second-largest city, Basra, the assessment of our situation in Iraq grows less troubled. It looks like our stated intention all along—ousting the depraved dictator Saddam Hussein and helping Iraq become a prosperous democracy—is, in fact, achievable.
Iraq is supposed to become a beacon, a shining example of the benefits of representative government and free market economics. It's to be the benchmark for the democratization of the entire area. That aim may prove difficult to achieve.