Sunday, July 27, 2008

WE WON THE WAR IN IRAQ but tell that to the MSM

WE WON THE WAR IN IRAQ but tell that to the MSM
Current mood: ecstatic
Category: News and Politics

It is appalling that our own news media is so unpatriotic and deceitful in the matter how they report the news. I waited for two weeks before writing this blog, in order to give the MSM a chance to report the good news. Alas, I was wrong.

We won the war in Iraq! We won the war in Iraq! Iraq is becoming a sovereign Democratic country! Our troops will be coming home soon!

As you may be wondering, you may not know this great news because the American mainstream media refuses to accept it. Could Bush have actually achieved "mission accomplished?" Even though the Bush Administration and Pentagon are playing conservatively in their analysis for fears that their good fortune may backfire, the only thing harping by the liberal left is that our troops must come home. You know what? They will very soon.

I'm an optimist. As long this trend continues, I believe Iraq will sustain a functioning Democratic country, to be able to police itself, and to be able to defend itself from its enemies. We all know the successes of the "surge," but we didn't know what extent it brought. Believe it or not, I got the great news from The London Sunday Times two weeks ago. It seems my news about the war has to come by a British newspaper. The London Times called it "the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror."

The reporter from the London Times, Marie Colvin, who had been embedded with the Iraqi troops, said the following:

1. Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister, who has also led a crackdown on the Shi!ite Mahdi Army in Basra and Baghdad in recent months, claimed yesterday (July 5) that his government had "defeated" terrorism. Maliki said, "They were intending to besiege Baghdad and control it, but thanks to the will of the tribes, security forces, army and all Iraqis, we defeated them."

2. The number of foreign fighters coming over the border from Syria to bolster Al-Qaeda's numbers is thought to have declined to as few as 20 a month, compared with 120 a month at its peak.

3. Brigadier General Abdullah Abdul, a senior Iraqi commander, said: "We've limited their movements with checkpoints. They are doing small attacks and trying big ones, but they're mostly not succeeding."

4. Operation Lion's Roar, in which the Iraqi army combined forces with the Americans' 3rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment, has already resulted in the death of Abu Khalaf, the Al-Qaeda leader, and the capture of more than 1,000 suspects.

5. American and Iraqi leaders believe that while it would be premature to write off Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Sunni group has lost control of its last urban base in Mosul and its remnants have been largely driven into the countryside to the south.

6. Major-General Mark Hertling, American commander in the northern city of Mosul said: "I think we're at the irreversible point." A huge operation is being implemented to crush the 1,200 terrorist fighters who remained. This number dwindled from a terrorist force once estimated at more than 12,000.

It wasn't too long ago when Iraq was a quagmire with not direction. Then in 2006, General David Petraeus provided his game plan on counterinsurgency warfare. Telling President Bush that he needed more troops, the president gave him the "surge." The result brought a most unlikely and unforeseen events in the long history of American warfare and that is the destruction of al-Qaida in Iraq. Even though Maliki wants a major US troop withdrawal by December 30, 2010, I think the commanders on the ground will make that decision since Maliki has no military experience. None-the-less, we should be seeing a good portion of our military back home to the states.

Another great expectation that came to as a surprise, State Department reported that Prime Minister Maliki's parliament has achieved 15 of the 18 political benchmarks. This was one of the complaints of the Democrats in the US Congress blaming the surge will do nothing in the reconciliation process in Iraq. Boy, they were wrong!

15 out of 18 benchmarks is a major improvement from a year ago and this is great news. It is a shame that ABC, NBC, and CBS didn't have the guts to broadcast this. Til this day, the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 are still silent and refusing to report of the successes in Iraq.

Wow, that is a 180-degree turnaround in two years. This shows that due diligence and having the conviction to be committed to stay the course is the only way to achieve success. It is a shame that apart from certain US newspapers, cable news, and some foreign press that the MSM is clueless not seeing what is obviously a monumental historical story as something uneventful. Instead, they are more concern getting Barack Obama elected to the White House.

Update: This week's Rasmussen polling reports 53% of American voters believe that we are winning the war in terrorism. Only 16% now think the terrorists are winning and 27% says it is a stalemate. In contrast from July 2007, only 36% thought we were winning and 36% believed the terrorists are winning.