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May 30, 2007

Our Noble Iraqi Allies Battle Al Qaeda for Freedom

Filed under: Defending America,Democratic Idiocy,Terrorism — Sisyphus @ 4:41 am

Michael Ledeen put up this powerful essay yesterday.

There is one problem with Professor Fearon’s thesis—the facts on the ground that I am seeing right now and that he has not seen in person or not seen recently.

A major part of Fearon’s well reasoned argument is that U.S. support for the Maliki government, “encourages Sunni nationalists to turn to al Qaeda in Iraq for support against Shiite militias and the Iraqi army.”

His argument is logical and would be correct if the Sunnis of Anbar cooperated with his argument—but they are not cooperating with the good professor’s thesis. In fact, they are doing just the opposite. The Sunnis of Anbar are now siding with the coalition and fighting Al Qaeda.

Read the whole thing. It’s a powerful indictment of the cut-and-run-ocrats who want to abandon our many Iraqi friends to the tender mercies of Al Qaeda.

The ending says it all:

Very few people know enough about Iraq to make coherent policy pronouncements.

Most of what people think they know about Iraq is wrong.

When I get home in a few weeks people will ask me, “how’s Iraq?”

I will tell them, “I don’t know, but I can tell you about the areas that I saw first hand and spent a few weeks living in.”

Each area of operation is different. Khalidiyah is only 35 kilometers from Kharma and Kharma is only 33 kilometers from West Rasheed, Baghdad, but they are nothing alike.

Anyone who says they can speak with definitive knowledge about all of Iraq is a fool or a liar or both.

A person with definitive knowledge of Iraq would have to discuss the situation in terms of 4 or more general areas of operation and then break those down even more to Battalion by Battalion areas.

But even if a person was to circulate to every battalion in Iraq, by they time he finished, the situation would have changed at the battalions he visited first.

This is the nature of warfare. But many members of Congress think after a five-day-junket and a few power point presentations they can make sweeping pronouncements that they understand Iraq.

Which makes them fools and possibly liars.

We can still win this thing. We are still winning this thing. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

35 Comments »

  1. There’s so much good news coming out of Iraq, that the Socialist Media must have a hard time digging up all of the bad news in Iraq that they report 24/7.

    I predict that 2008 will be a huge victory for the Republican Party. Now that we are no longer saddled with Moderate Republicans in Congress we can run on a Strong Conservative Platform at the center of which should be the war in Iraq.

    All The Way With Brownback In ’08!

    Comment by America4Americans — May 30, 2007 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  2. This just confirms what I already thought. Sounds like the Democrats are just being hysterical and like things are actually pretty close to being wrapped up in Iraq. Which makes sense, if you think about it. Time to saddle up and ride for Tehran.

    Comment by DPS — May 30, 2007 @ 8:30 am | Reply

  3. DPS,

    Don’t forget Syria! We need to send our gallant troops into that dusty hellhole as well…and possibly Algeria and Morrocco. And probably Sudan and Chad. Oh, and let us not forget Somalia and Eritrea. Once we’ve pacified these countries, a new era of peace and prosperity will no doubt dawn!

    Comment by Everett Volk — May 30, 2007 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  4. “There’s so much good news coming out of Iraq, that the Socialist Media must have a hard time digging up all of the bad news in Iraq that they report 24/7.”

    It’s easy to concoct news stories, though. All it requires is a complete lack of ethics.

    “All The Way With Brownback In ‘08!”

    All right!

    :Don’t forget Syria! We need to send our gallant troops into that dusty hellhole as well…and possibly Algeria and Morrocco. And probably Sudan and Chad. Oh, and let us not forget Somalia and Eritrea. Once we’ve pacified these countries, a new era of peace and prosperity will no doubt dawn!”

    Amen!

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 30, 2007 @ 9:16 am | Reply

  5. MOONBATS HAE AMERICA THEY WANT IT TO FAIL MOONBATS LOVE SADDAM HYUSSIEN AND OSAMA BIN LADEN

    WWERE GONG TO FIGHT AND WERE GOJNG TO WIJN IN IRAQ!!!!

    VOTE BROWNABCK!

    Comment by Jack Fremont — May 30, 2007 @ 11:26 am | Reply

  6. I do like Jack Fremont. I wish he’d post here more often.

    Comment by Marcia P. — May 30, 2007 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

  7. “Khalidiyah is only 35 kilometers from KHARMA and KHARMA is only 33 kilometers from West Rasheed, Baghdad, but they are nothing alike.”

    Do we have contol of Kharma? Is it a good or bad town? If it is a bad town we should let the terrorist have it so that they will have bad Kharma and then we will be more likely to win. This is the kind of thinking outside the box and new stategery that I am sure gen. Petreas is employng to soon lead us to victory.

    Comment by ec1009 — May 30, 2007 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  8. That’s pretty funny, ec1009.

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 30, 2007 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

  9. Jack Fremont does always bring a real burst of energy to a thread, and his interventions have a way of crystallizing what’s truly important about an issue. He’s my second favorite commenter, after Marcia P..

    Comment by DPS — May 30, 2007 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

  10. “There’s so much good news coming out of Iraq, that the Socialist Media must have a hard time digging up all of the bad news in Iraq that they report 24/7.”

    That’s right!
    American soldiers didn’t free 42 civilians form an active Al Quieda torture chamber, all those mutilated bodies they find in the streets every day are really just plastic dummies and all the bombings and dead soldiers were just made up by the liberal media!

    Comment by Skeptic — May 31, 2007 @ 5:12 am | Reply

  11. “American soldiers didn’t free 42 civilians form an active Al Quieda torture chamber, all those mutilated bodies they find in the streets every day are really just plastic dummies and all the bombings and dead soldiers were just made up by the liberal media!”

    What’s really sad about all this sarcasm is that it sounds like you’re trying to portray the release of 42 Iraqis from a torture chamber as a BAD thing.

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 31, 2007 @ 8:40 am | Reply

  12. BTW, I agree with you, DPS. Jack, Marcia, you yourself, Praying Hands, Harry, b4bnc, and a few others, give me hope for the blogosphere. I just wish you guys would post more often, and help drown out the moonbat choruses that leftwing sites ferry in here.

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 31, 2007 @ 8:42 am | Reply

  13. “What’s really sad about all this sarcasm is that it sounds like you’re trying to portray the release of 42 Iraqis from a torture chamber as a BAD thing.”

    How can it be a bad thing if it never happened?
    Everyone knows the liberal media just made this story up to make people think things aren’t good over in Iraq!

    Comment by Skeptic — May 31, 2007 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  14. “How can it be a bad thing if it never happened?
    Everyone knows the liberal media just made this story up to make people think things aren’t good over in Iraq!”

    Oh, okay. Sorry I misunderstood you. You weren’t even being sarcastic!

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 31, 2007 @ 9:04 am | Reply

  15. If a country where 100+ soldiers are being killed every month and people are being tortured by the dozens is a nice place to live, then I guess I must be living in paradise, which is impossible since I’m a heretic moonbat, so the statement that Iraq is a nice place to live where things are going well must be false!

    Comment by Skeptic — May 31, 2007 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  16. Skeptic @ 15:

    What country are you living in?

    Comment by DPS — May 31, 2007 @ 10:32 am | Reply

  17. Update: I just read May 2007 was the most costly month in terms of American casualties in 2,5 years!

    Comment by Skeptic — May 31, 2007 @ 10:33 am | Reply

  18. “What country are you living in?”

    A country where I don’t have to worry about Al Quieda torture chambers, roadside bombings, ethnic violence, kidnappings and suicide bombers!

    Comment by Skeptic — May 31, 2007 @ 10:34 am | Reply

  19. Skeptic @ 18:

    “A country where I don’t have to worry about Al Quieda torture chambers, roadside bombings, ethnic violence, kidnappings and suicide bombers!”

    You don’t have to worry about those things because the USA is fighting al Qaeda for you in Iraq. If we surrender, then you *will* have to worry about those things.

    Comment by DPS — May 31, 2007 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  20. You’re the expert!
    After all it was you who trained and financed them back in the 80’s, and even today you help them meet their recruitment goals with that dumbass foreign policy.

    By the way, my country and its neighbours are perfectly capable of defending themselves, but they don’t go looking for fights around the world like Dubya does!

    Comment by Skeptic — May 31, 2007 @ 10:49 am | Reply

  21. Skeptic @ 21:

    I assume you meant to say “thank you” as well, so:

    You’re welcome.

    Comment by DPS — May 31, 2007 @ 10:58 am | Reply

  22. I’ve had my daily dose of hillbilly entertainment!

    Comment by Skeptic — May 31, 2007 @ 11:08 am | Reply

  23. Skeptic @ 22:

    Y’all come back now, y’hear?

    Comment by DPS — May 31, 2007 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  24. Back.

    “I assume you meant to say “thank you” as well”

    Thank you for what?
    For increasing global terrorism since 2003?
    For making the world a less safe place?

    No thanks, maybe it’s time Bush started listening to his generals instead of his corporate buddies.

    Comment by Skeptic — May 31, 2007 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  25. “No thanks, maybe it’s time Bush started listening to his generals instead of his corporate buddies.”

    The military is staunchly Republican. Has been for decades. Those generals all voted for Bush. You can count on it.

    Comment by Sisyphus — May 31, 2007 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

  26. Maybe they did, maybe they didn’t, what matters is that the professionals disagree with dollar-eyed Bush and Cheney.

    when your top generals tell you your strategy is flawed, it probably is…

    Comment by Skeptic — May 31, 2007 @ 6:22 pm | Reply

  27. “Thank you for what?
    For increasing global terrorism since 2003?
    For making the world a less safe place?”

    Um…for rescuing civilization for the umpteenth time while people like you are busy pressing flowers and surrendering?

    “No thanks, maybe it’s time Bush started listening to his generals instead of his corporate buddies.”

    Bush doesn’t have to listen to anybody. That’s why we’re going to win the Global War on Terrorism. You can cry and wet your pants as much as you want, and he’s going to keep on hurtling ahead, heedless, a runaway train bound for glory.

    Comment by DPS — May 31, 2007 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  28. It is a fact both the worldwide number of terrorist attacks as well as the number of casualties has grown steadily since 2003.

    Saving civilization, when?

    When the American right still had slavery while it had been abolished for decades in Europe?

    When the American South had an apartheid regime, while that had been abolished for more than a century in Europe?

    When you contributed less to the allied victory than the Soviet Union, or Great Britain?

    When you supported the Taliban and Saddam Hussein (1980’s)?

    Bu I don’t hate Americans in general, just the fundamentalist retards.

    Comment by Skeptic — May 31, 2007 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  29. “When the American right still had slavery while it had been abolished for decades in Europe?

    When the American South had an apartheid regime, while that had been abolished for more than a century in Europe?”

    The continent that produced Fascism, National Socialism, *and* communism within the space of one hundred years is a very poor point of comparison. No society has ever been so monomanically bent on destroying civilization, and no other society has come so close to succeeding. Our intervention put an end to that boiling stew of homicidal madness. So I don’t want to hear about how super Europe is for getting on the abolition train before the US, or that they’re really enthusiastic about recycling these days, or whatever.

    “When you contributed less to the allied victory than the Soviet Union, or Great Britain?”

    Well, I think we did pretty well for a country that Hitler hadn’t actually invaded or bombed, and that was already fighting a separate war against another empire. Tell me that the USSR, Great Britain, or France would have come to our aid had the tables been turned. Also see above re boiling stew of homicidal madness.

    “When you supported the Taliban and Saddam Hussein (1980’s)?”

    This was an unfortunate but necessary episode in our struggle to liberate large parts of the world from Soviet tyranny. Apologies if we broke some dishes while we were saving the world from a totalitarian menace.

    “Bu I don’t hate Americans in general, just the fundamentalist retards.”

    I love you too.🙂

    Comment by DPS — May 31, 2007 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  30. Thanks,

    Still, I would prefer communist rule over fundamentalist Islam anytime!

    Comment by Skeptic — May 31, 2007 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  31. Please tell me that didn’t just happen.

    Anyway, like I was saying: go, Bush, and stuff!

    Ahh… nuts.

    Comment by DPS — May 31, 2007 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  32. I am a terrible person, and I miss my country.

    Comment by DPS — May 31, 2007 @ 11:12 pm | Reply

  33. Buck it up DPS.

    Comment by ec1009 — May 31, 2007 @ 11:22 pm | Reply

  34. Ugh. Thanks, ec1009. I guess I go to confession for a reason!

    GO BROWNBACK!!!

    Comment by DPS — May 31, 2007 @ 11:50 pm | Reply

  35. There, there, DPS. Just remember to help Brownback win, and everything else in life will fall into place.

    Comment by Sisyphus — June 1, 2007 @ 4:05 pm | Reply


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