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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Nothing to See Here!!! We Are Failing in Iraq!!!

This is my biggest concern about the Surge - we're relying on the MSM and the Dems to determine whether it is successful.

As I've pointed out before, when the surge was announced, there were some very significant political moves by the Maliki government - supported by all factions of the government - and it did not get much coverage. And there are other signs of success(such as here, and here ) that didn't get much coverage.

Now, from Patrick Ruffini at comes this story:

Shhhh... The Surge is Working
By Patrick Ruffini
Saturday, February 24, 2007

A gloomy haze has settled over the nation's prosecution of the War on Terror as of late. It seems like we can only watch helplessly as Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha size up new angles of attack for undermining the war effort. The media is chomping at the bit the tell the story of an America, bruised and humbled and exhausted, heading for the exits in Iraq.

But something interesting is happening on the way to the "new direction." Early indications are that the troop surge into Baghdad is working. It hasn't been reported on widely, but murders in Baghdad are down 70%, attacks are down 80%, Mahdi Army chief Moqtada al-Sadr has reportedly made off for Iran, and many Baghdadis who had fled the violence now feel it's safe enough to return. The strategy that Congress is busy denouncing is proving to be our best hope for victory.

In Iraq, there's a sense that change is in the air -- literally. Omar of Iraq the Model spots a B-1 Bomber in the skies of Baghdad for the first time since the end of the major combat. On the ground, Omar writes that the signs that Iraqis are getting serious about security are more palbable. With the help of Compstat-like technology, security forces are cracking down at checkpoints (even ambulances are getting stopped) and getting nimbler about locating them strategically so the terrorists don't know what to expect.

This turnaround in Baghdad is confirmed at home by the media's near-deafening silence. If it seems like you've heard less about how Iraq is spiraling into civil war in the weeks since the surge was announced, this is why. Even some discordant voices in the media are starting to wonder what's happening. Time magazine worries that it's "Quiet in Baghdad. Too quiet." That's right -- a dramatic reduction in violence is actually bad news.

It's too early to claim victory just yet; the operation is just two weeks old. But U.S. troops have been able to accomplish all of this with just one more brigade in-country, with four more on the way by May. These encouraging early returns show the potential for success when we apply concentrated military force to the security problem. When the Army and Marine Corps are on offense, carrying out combat operations and clearing out insurgent strongholds, we win. When we lay back, carrying out routine patrols and playing Baghdad beat cop, we lose.

Meanwhile, Levin used the world failure 762 times on this morning's Meet The Press and was not challenged. Regardless of the realities on the ground, the Dems are now politically invested in defeat in Iraq and cannot allow the Surge to be recognized as a success.

It's disgusting, but it's the realities of the political situation in D.C. - which is all that matters if you're a Democrat.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Comments (1)
Anonymous said...

Anyone have a source on that 70% figure? You're all citing it, but it appears to have come from a black hole.