Posted by Ryan on September 3, 2008
David Petraeus indicated today that a pullout of MNF (Multi-National Forces) around the Baghdad area is probably possible by next summer due to conditions on the ground. He also said that the area is “‘spiraling upwards’ towards normal conditions” and “it gives Iraq new hope.” What great news from a straight-shooter and American hero who’s shown he would not deceive us for political reasons!
Before the Palin pick, General Petraeus and the increasing dividends of the successful “Surge” strategy were McCain’s best-friend and an issue I hope they return to in earnest once the Convention fever wears out sometime late next week.
Both O’Biden and Obama were dead wrong on this issue. And will someone in the McCain campaign please bring up O’Biden’s advocacy of the worst-thought-out foreign policy concept in a generation: splitting Iraq into a weak confederacy of three weak parts? It wouldn’t take five minutes for civil war, regional conflict with the Kurds, Iran, and al Qaeda to plunge the region into an apocalyptic scorched-earth dead zone. It would have truly been war without end. Luckily, Biden wasn’t in a position to see his plan work. Let’s keep it that way.
Posted in Election 2008, International Relations, Media Bias, Politics, The Iraq Front, War on Terror | Tagged: Al Qaeda, Baghdad, Barack Obama, David Petraeus, Iran, Joe Biden, John McCain, Kurdistan, Sarah Palin, The Surge | 1 Comment »
Posted by Ryan on August 6, 2008
Little “Mullah Atari” himself, Moqtada al Sadr, has signaled that the various factions of Sadr’s Madhi Army will put down their guns and become glorified “community organizers” who will help rebuild Iraq when (or if) he issues his dictates this Friday.
Something that the above article brings home is the flood of good news out of Iraq lately: most senior AQI (al Qaeda in Iraq) members have fled to Pakistan, US troop casualties dropped to the lowest level of the war last month, troop deployments have shrank from 15 to 12 months, Iran’s influence in the South is diminishing, and we’ll get a SOF (status-of-forces) agreement before Bush leaves office. Add the collapse of AQI across Iraq this year and now the potential capitulation of Sadr’s Mahdi Army and at this moment the US, Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces “no longer faces any significant organized military foe in [Iraq].”
It could all change tomorrow, but for now it seems like victory is no longer an illusion, but a certainty in due course. When looked at another point of view, the Surge has brought about the speediest and most significant tide-turning of any major military conflict since American entry into World War I ninety years ago.
Posted in International Relations, Media Bias, Politics, The Iraq Front | Tagged: Al Qaeda in Iraq, Iran, Iraqi Army, Mahdi Army, Moqtada al Sadr, Mullah Atari, Pakistan, President Bush, The Surge, World War I | 3 Comments »
Posted by Ryan on July 17, 2008
There’s this story going around the AP this morning which indicates that some soldiers are longing to go to the “real war” in Afghanistan, as Iraq is becoming the more quiet of the two battlefields lately. With violence against Coalition troops in Iraq on pace to be the lowest in years and the Dems even having to accept the Surge’s success, this story reveals two major points in my opinion:
1. Our soldiers are awesome, ready for a fight wherever they happen to be sent, even longing for a chance to kill the bad guys. As professional soldiers, soldiering is their job, so I’m very glad they take pride and have enthusiasm for their work.
2. The AP and the MSM are essentially embracing the Democrat’s position on Iraq, that the “real” bad guys are in Afghanistan and that the fight there should be escalated quickly. This has been their narrative for five years, stating that Iraq was a distraction from the real War on Terror, even though Bin Laden himself believes that Iraq was the central front in the War on Terror. What does he know, right? Nonetheless, it’s a position designed to attack Bush and the Republicans on their strongest electoral issue historically, dealing with terrorism, and it’s obviously transparent and won’t work with flip-flop Obama as their spokesman.
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Posted by Ryan on April 8, 2008
General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker entered a hostile-fire zone once again on Capitol Hill, and once again came out looking like the adults in the room! By later this evening, all three Presidential contenders will have gotten a chance to question the General about the continued effectiveness of the Surge strategy. I’d like to see how they all come across, especially She Who Must Not be Named, who I’m sure had to maneuver through cover fire to even enter the room, and Obama, who has more experience in understanding foreign policy affairs than both McCain or SWMNBN. Wow, I didn’t know that.
Here’s an up-to-the-minute update on the goings on up there on the Hill.
Personally, I watched about 30 minutes altogether today and was able to catch Susan Collins meandering her way through a question with one of my classes. Not very exciting.
However, earlier I caught Ted [hiccup] Kennedy reading his petty liberal talking points mostly in a coherent manner — I watched him speak before one of his notorious liquid lunches. It only took about a minute of watching before the predictable Code Pink jerks chanted “Bring them Home!” during the testimony [Note: for more fun, read up a little on the Black Shirts for a quick refresher on fascist tactics when confronting speakers with whom they disagree].
So, we’ll see how this Update will play out, surely with election-year drama that will put a few if not all of the candidates on the record for good or for bad. Unfortunately, being lost in all this political theater is Petraeus’ message that we’re on the right track and still need the intestinal fortitude to see this thing through.
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