There's a lot of truth to the old saying that it's always darkest before the dawn, and that may well be the case right now in Iraq.
The nearly daily car-bombings and other attacks in Iraq understandably convey the impression that chaos rules there, and the Bush administration's goals of rebuilding Iraq's economy and establishing a moderate, democratic government are hopelessly unrealistic.
There is, however, another view of that country that's being overlooked amid the current rush to portray the U.S. occupation of Iraq as another Vietnam "quagmire."
One organization has actually sponsored a scientific poll of what the Iraqis think about the U.S. occupation and the future of their own country. Working with Zogby International, a highly respected polling organization, American Enterprise magazine conducted perhaps the first opinion poll in Iraq's history. The results of that poll, as reported by American Enterprise editor Karl Zinsmeister in the Wall Street Journal, showed an Iraqi people with a pretty favorable opinion of the United States, interested in neither a return to Baathist rule or conversion to an Islamic state, and generally optimistic about their country's future.