Many of you have read my wide-linked post on victory conditions in the wider war
. If not, suffice it to say that I argue that we will not defeat al Qaeda and its formal and informal allies until the jihadi ideology, more than 70 years in the formation, is discredited
among Arab Muslims. Victory in the war that we only recognized on September 11, 2001 does not require that Arab Muslims "like" the United States, only that they reject al Qaeda's ideology.
With that background, I take this post
at Iraq the Model as evidence of real progress. It is not necessarily the best news for the future of Iraq in the abstract, but it strongly suggests that al Qaeda and its cognates have lost their way among their most likely allies.
They do not have to like us, they just have to stop wanting to kill us. I would settle for French attitudes and actions against America from the Muslim world.