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HISTORICAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK - "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Sunday, March 11, 2007

IRAQ - HAVE WE TURNED THE CORNER ?-THE SUNDAY COMMENTARY

As has been the case for quite some time Iraq is front and center in the news. But an amazing thing is taking place despite the usual rhetoric from the left and some of the media. NBC's Brian Williams recently reported from Iraq during the Nightly News broadcast and more extensive reports on Dateline NBC the evening news magazine show. Williams reported that the , "surge, " the name given the recent troop increase by President Bush, was working.

The shocking aspect of this one simple admission by Williams is that it comes in the midst of a concerted effort by the Main Stream Press and the left to portray anything from Iraq as a total failure and report only bombings, violence and body counts. Also this report aired as Democrats were preparing the latest in a long line of Democrat legislation to pull out of Iraq claiming that the new strategy which has just begun was a failure.

So the question arises, if Williams reported this success, have we then actually turned the corner toward the end game and final victory in Iraq ? Personally this writer understands that there is far more evidence of success in Iraq than failure and that Iraq has come far from the days of Saddam Hussein with ample progress to prove its success. But for the sake of argument let's say Iraq has been a total failure and now the new strategy is turning that around.

General David Petraeus recently appointed commander of multi-national forces in Iraq stated last week that along with the military intervention there must be a successful political solution to the situation in Iraq. To this the MSM and the left misrepresenting the Generals statement immediately followed by claiming even the commanding General admits that the military avenue is failing.

Petraeus was simply stating fact that this as in any war cannot be successful simply by the use of the military but must work in conjunction with a political solution especially in the Iraq situation where an infant government is growing from the diaper stage to that of a toddler.

While the Maliki government has not been exactly flamboyant in its handling of Iraq it is imperative to remember that it IS the duly elected government by the people of Iraq and we as the adult advisor for an infant government do not have the luxury of removing the child since it is the people's choice but to help nurture it through the growing stages of life. As with any infant there are pains in growing and this government is no exception.

During and immediately after our own Revolution our infant government went through several changes that were extremely painful and nearly saw the collapse of the fledgling nation. Our first attempt at organized government under the Articles of Confederation which depended on the combined will of each state was a total failure. After the British surrendered in 1781 the nation suffered through tremendous economic depression, anarchy and even rebellious insurgency which almost ended this , "Grand Experiment." It was not until 1787 with the establishment of the Constitution and then its ratification in 1788 the we began the slow march to full success.

George Washington became the first President in 1789 fully eight years after the surrender of the British and 13 years after Independence was declared giving birth to a new nation. Iraq's government is but FIVE YEARS old and for the first time in the history of this ancient nation which reaches back to ancient Babylon, a free Democracy has risen with all of the growing pains of not only a new nation but a nation that has never experienced this form of government before.

As with any new nation there are many who will fight to prevent change opting to kill rather than accept the new. The insurgency that is taking place is just that, a refusal by many to accept the new and the will of the people. While the factions who fight have rivalries that can be traced for centuries, the root of the trouble is the refusal to accept a Democratic form of government which balances power among all people and does not favor just one faction or group. With Saddam and before Iraq was ruled by the stronger faction whether Shiite or Sunni and now they are by the will of the people seeking a balance in government between the two.

It also now appears through much evidence that the violence associated with the insurgency is decreasing, because of the troop increase and change in strategy allowing troops to operate more freely in areas deemed untouchable before. Muqtada al-Sadr has fled to Iran to avoid possible capture under the new plan. Areas especially around Baghdad are now seeing less violence and a semblance of peace and stability that has not been the case prior to this strategy. Also Al Qaeda has decreased in its attacks with additional capture of higher ranking leaders and the further elimination of terrorist fighters.

Iraq is far from a total success but it is also very far from the complete failure that has been portrayed by the press and the left. Our presence there is a necessary element to insure the completion of the transition from tyrannical government to that of a Democracy. Our troops are successfully training Iraqi Security Forces so that one day soon Iraq will stand and defend her own government with a force trained to handle insurgency, terrorism and rebellion. Pulling out before the government and forces are prepared to handle the situation will only insure the collapse of the freely elected government of the people and the return to a dictatorial regime with Al Qaeda freely operating in the country using it as a operational base.

Ken Taylor

17 Comments:

Blogger Gayle said...

Absolutely right, Ken. It's mind-boggling that the media and the left still fight the administration tooth and nail! It's also pretty obvious that they don't want Iraq to be successful, and I believe that's unconscionable. How can they not want everyone to enjoy freedom?

It takes a very selfish person to be a Democrat these days, unless they just don't understand that socialists have hijacked the Democratic party.

8:12 PM, March 11, 2007  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

Iraq was lost until al-Maliki came to Wash, D.C. with a surge request to take back the streets. In previous operations, troops were restricted by order of the Iraqi government. That didn't work. No plan was going to succeed until and unless Maliki got fully behind a plan - any plan. Now he has and Iraq is finally moving forward.

12:01 AM, March 12, 2007  
Anonymous mudkitty said...

Unless of course this is the usual "Mission Accomplished" bulls-it we're accustomed to hearing from the Bushies, and the so-called liberal media.

Maybe, it's a touch of Jessica Lynch...? Etc.

Let's hope not.

But tell me this, how can the surge be working, when the main surge isn't due to actually occur until August? (Due to readiness issues...look it up, don't take my word for it.)

So this can hardly be called a response to a surge that hasn't happened yet.

Like I said, look it up.

11:21 AM, March 13, 2007  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Mudkitty, first the, "surge, "began almost immediatly as eliments of the airborne were sent to Iraq. Second the troop increase is not the only aspect of the strategy. A major part is allowing the military to fullt operate in areas that had been deemed more or less untouchable in the past the insurgents and Al Qaeda in turn took advantage of this untouchability and occupied these areas. The former hands off approach has been replaced with active intervention and as such the new strategy IS WORKING, whether you wish to believe it or not!

11:36 AM, March 13, 2007  
Blogger Robert said...

Ken, save yourself the trouble. It is just another example of how the left has neither an understanding of the use of the military, nor of the proper deployment thereof.

They also have no idea of the efficiency of our military, and really have no concept of the fear that people have of us when we are committed to something.

3:00 PM, March 13, 2007  
Anonymous mudkitty said...

Oh, do tell...

8:38 PM, March 13, 2007  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Nice comeback, 'kitty.

Here's a mainstream source that suggests the "surge" is working.

the number of Iraqis killed by violence in Baghdad between February 14 and March 14 had fallen to 265 from 1,440

The rate of killings of US troops in Iraq has been on the decline, down by 60 percent, since the launch of the new security measures in Baghdad

3/13/2007 COALITION FORCES CONTINUE TO PRESSURE BAGHDAD VBIED NETWORK

3/12/2007 COALITION FORCES CAPTURE 22 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS IN IRAQ

3/11/2007 FOREIGN TERRORIST FACILITATORS CAPTURED IN IRAQ RAIDS

3/11/2007 IRAQI ARMY STOPS 27 TERRORIST CELL MEMBERS IN AS SADIYAH

3/10/2007 PRECISION AIR STRIKES TARGETS TALIBAN WEAPONS FACILITATOR

3/10/2007 IRAQI POLICE AND NATIONAL POLICE ASSIST AFTER ESCALATION OF FORCE INCIDENT

3/10/2007 IA CONDUCTS OPERATIONS AGAINST ROGUE ELEMENTS OF JAM IN SADR CITY

3/10/2007 27 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS CAPTURED THROUGHOUT IRAQ

3/10/2007 IRAQI ARMY DETAINS 10 AND SECURES WEAPONS, AMMUNITION

3/10/2007 INSURGENT CELL LEADER CAPTURED

3/9/2007 SUSPECTED AQ MEDIA EMIR, ALLEGED “BUTCHER” CAPTURED IN RAIDS

3/8/2007 SEVEN TERRORISTS KILLED DURING RAID ON SUSPECTED VBIED CELL

3/8/2007 CCCI CONVICTS 18 INSURGENTS, 3 SENTENCED TO LIFE, 2 SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IMPRISONMENT

3/8/2007 SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 28, WOUNDS 31 IN BALAD RUZ COFFEE SHOP

3/8/2007 IRAQI ARMY, ATTACK HELICOPTERS CAPTURE 32 INSURGENTS


Getting sick of the good news, yet Muddy?

3:38 PM, March 14, 2007  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Or are you still trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?

3:40 PM, March 14, 2007  
Blogger Liz said...

I think it is is great that the MSM is acknowledging the beginning of the surge making areas safer. They are reporting what happens there, good or bad. You just seem to like what they say now. Maybe if something went right with bush's admin. the news wouldn't have to be so bad.
And, I think as long as we occupy Iraq it'll be safer. Hopefully our soldiers can occupy every street corner for many years in order to keep the peace.

haha

8:41 PM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous mudkitty said...

You all must think the enemy's stupid. And that's really stupid.

9:09 PM, March 15, 2007  
Anonymous mudkitty said...

The Surge is coming! The Surge is coming!

The thing is, the surge isn't even set to start till August.

9:10 PM, March 15, 2007  
Blogger Robert said...

That is the point, Mud. The tropps have only begun to get to Iraq, yet the benefits are already being seen.

10:12 AM, March 17, 2007  
Anonymous mudkitty said...

Really? Mission Accomplished?

12:46 PM, March 17, 2007  
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