Jul 30 2007
In order to find out what is really happening in Iraq the NY Times did something novel (for the media, not for the NY Times which has had reporters in country defying the SurrenderMedia’s message machine) – they went to Iraq. And what did they find? They found DC and NY are disconnected from reality:
VIEWED from Iraq, where we just spent eight days meeting with American and Iraqi military and civilian personnel, the political debate in Washington is surreal. The Bush administration has over four years lost essentially all credibility. Yet now the administrationâ€™s critics, in part as a result, seem unaware of the significant changes taking place.
Here is the most important thing Americans need to understand: We are finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms. As two analysts who have harshly criticized the Bush administrationâ€™s miserable handling of Iraq, we were surprised by the gains we saw and the potential to produce not necessarily â€œvictoryâ€ but a sustainable stability that both we and the Iraqis could live with.
In other words it is not time to surrender. It is not time to give up. A sea change is occurring in Iraq. And that change includes rejection of al-Qaeda across the country and embracing the possible future of a democratic Iraq.
Today, morale is high. The soldiers and marines told us they feel that they now have a superb commander in Gen. David Petraeus; they are confident in his strategy, they see real results, and they feel now they have the numbers needed to make a real difference.
Everywhere, Army and Marine units were focused on securing the Iraqi population, working with Iraqi security units, creating new political and economic arrangements at the local level and providing basic services â€” electricity, fuel, clean water and sanitation â€” to the people. Yet in each place, operations had been appropriately tailored to the specific needs of the community. As a result, civilian fatality rates are down roughly a third since the surge began â€” though they remain very high, underscoring how much more still needs to be done.
In Ramadi, for example, we talked with an outstanding Marine captain whose company was living in harmony in a complex with a (largely Sunni) Iraqi police company and a (largely Shiite) Iraqi Army unit. He and his men had built an Arab-style living room, where he met with the local Sunni sheiks â€” all formerly allies of Al Qaeda and other jihadist groups â€” who were now competing to secure his friendship.
Someone needs to tell the Democrats (aka the Surrendercrats) that we have turned the corner in Iraq. The usual lame doom-and-gloom wishful thinking by the dysfunctional left cannot change what al-Qaeda did in Iraq. It created a nation opposed to its murderous brutality. The fact is many of us and al-Qaeda itself saw the possibility that their blood lust in Iraq could spell their doom. Check out this CBS news report from 2005:
The letter, which was written shortly after the London bombings in July, calls Iraq “the place for the greatest battle of Islam in this era.”
Zarqawi is America’s most-wanted insurgent in Iraq. Zawahiri, the man most intelligence analysts believe is the brains behind bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist organization, is considered the world’s second most wanted man.
As outlined by Zawahiri in the letter, al Qaeda’s battle plan calls for driving the Americans out of Iraq, establishing an Islamic regime in as much of the country as possible and then extending the holy war to other Arab countries, including Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.
In the letter, Zawahiri complains to Zarqawi that some of his violent tactics are hurting public support for al Qaeda’s cause, particularly the videotaped beheadings of hostages.
“We don’t need this,” the letter says. “Use a bullet instead.”
2 years later, and uncounted bombings and civilian deaths later, the prophecy of Zawahiri has come true. The brutality of al-Qaeda did impress the Iraqis, so much they are taking up arms to drive them from their country. This stunning reversal has yet to register in the minds of those suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS). But BDS is an affliction of a segment of America who believe (naively) everything spoon fed to them by media outlets who are not interested in America but in only political power. In a pathetic twist of reality we have the SurrenderMedia to thank that al-Qaeda did not change tactics. Since this warning al-Qaeda has been on a mass murder spree to gain News Media TV time. In doing so they not only killed tens of thousands of Muslims, but changed the face of the war. Now it is al-Qaeda which is seen as The Great Satan in Muslim streets and homes. With good reason.