While Murtha, Pelosi and Reid are spewing their cut n’ run philosophy there is REAL progress going on in Iraq….much of it related to "the surge". Jules Crittenden is reporting that the Iraqi Army along with Coalition forces are pounding Sadr’s compounds:
U.S./IRAQ: U.S. and Iraqi troops bombarded the office of Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr in the al-Shula area west of Baghdad, the Kuwait News Agency reported, citing an unnamed security source. The source added that 14 military vehicles were surrounding the office and soldiers were confiscating documents.
Here’s KUNA. No further details:
BAGHDAD, Feb 20 (KUNA) — A joint force of the Iraqi Army and US troops Tuesday bombarded the office of Shiite leader Muqtada Al-Sadr in Al-Shula area, west of Baghdad, a security source told KUNA.
The source said some 14 military vehicles are now surrounding the office and Iraqi and US soldiers could be seen confiscating material and documents.
Muqtada Al-Sadr himself is out of the country over fears for his safety.
Meanwhile PM Maliki tells his troops to show no leniency:
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki told his security forces on Tuesday to show no mercy toward insurgents in a security crackdown in Baghdad.
Making a rare foray into Baghdad’s violent streets, Maliki called for an end to sectarian divisions that threaten to tip the country into full-scale civil war. A suicide bomber and two car bombs killed at least 17 people in the capital on Tuesday.
Iraqiya state television showed Maliki, a Shi’ite Islamist leader, talking to an Iraqi soldier near an armored vehicle in central Baghdad. The soldier pointed to an area from where he said insurgents had been firing at security forces.
"Don’t just fire back, crush the place where the fire came from," Maliki replied. "Don’t treat them with leniency. This is an armored vehicle here, use it."
He understands the stakes right here, right now. If his country does not succeed in bringing the insurgents to bay they are in very deep trouble. He knows this and appears to finally be helping us win this thing instead of straddling the fence.
I love it…."Crush the place!"
Then we have this news from Bill Roggio:
While the Sunni insurgency is often seen as a united block, the reality is that under the surface, there are great tensions and disagreements between the ‘domestic’ insurgents and the ‘foreigners.’ Nibras Kazimi has reported that Mishan al-Jabouri, the owner of al-Zawraa, or Muj TV, has issued a scathing statement against al-Qaeda in Iraq, and its political front, the Islamic State in Iraq, which is run by Abu Omar al-Baghdadi. The attack on al-Qaeda in Iraq was given by al-Jabouri himself and broadcast on al-Zawraa after several days of publishing items critical of al-Qaeda in its scroll.[…]Al-Jabouri’s turnaround is stunning, since just last December he was broadcasting al-Qaeda propaganda videos on al-Zawraa. […]Al-Jabouri’s turn against al-Qaeda highlights the war-within-the-war in the Iraqi Sunni community. Al-Qaeda and Sunni insurgents have repeatedly battled in Anbar province and elsewhere. The infighting has led to the formation of the Anbar Salvation Council, led by Shiekh Abdul Sattar Abu Risha. Sattar, who fought alongside al-Qaeda in the past before his tribe and members of his own family were targeted, is now cooperating with the government and forming 8 battalions of tribal fighters called Emergency Response Units. The U.S. now estimated 12 of the 21 tribes in Ramadi actively support the government, 6 are neutral and three have sided with al-Qaeda.
Meanwhile we have a new poll of REGISTERED VOTERS, something we rarely see from CBS, USA Today, Gallop and the rest who routinely poll all adults and then use 10%+ more Democrats. This new poll should show most honest people how biased those other polls are:
In the wake of the U.S. House of Representatives passing a resolution that amounts to a vote of no confidence in the Bush administration’s policies in Iraq, a new national survey by Alexandria, VA-based Public Opinion Strategies (POS) shows the American people may have some different ideas from their elected leaders on this issue.
The survey was conducted nationwide February 5-7 among a bi-partisan, cross-section of 800 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. The survey was commissioned by The Moriah Group, a Chattanooga-based strategic communications and public affairs firm.[…]# By a 53 percent – 46 percent margin, respondents surveyed said that Democrats are going too far, too fast in pressing the President to withdraw troops from Iraq.
# By identical 57 percent – 41 percent margins, voters agreed with these statements: I support finishing the job in Iraq, that is, keeping the troops there until the Iraqi government can maintain control and provide security and the Iraqi war is a key part of the global war on terrorism.
# Also, by a 56 percent – 43 percent margin, voters agreed that even if they have concerns about his war policies, Americans should stand behind the President in Iraq because we are at war.
# While the survey shows voters believe (60 percent- 34 percent) that Iraq will never become a stable democracy, they still disagree that victory in Iraq (creating a young, but stable democracy and reducing the threat of terrorism at home) is no longer possible. Fifty-three percent say it’s still possible, while 43 percent disagree.
# By a wide 74 percent – 25 percent margin, voters disagree with the notion that "I don’t really care what happens in Iraq after the U.S. leaves, I just want the troops brought home."[…]The survey also found that voters thought it would hurt American prestige more to pull out of Iraq immediately (59 percent) than it would to stay there for the long term (35 percent). Public Opinion Strategies "scored the best win-loss record among the major polling and media firms in the 2004 election" and was named Pollster of the Year in 2002.
Knowing our MSM and the left (one in the same?) in this country they will find some way to spin all this to reflect how eeeviiiiiil Bushitler is. Just wait,
Thanks Curt for another great post 🙂
It’s like the good book says, “a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.” The terrorists’ evil intentions cannot be used to foment unity–destructiveness breeds destructiveness, sooner or later, they will turn on themselves to outdue the horrendous murders and bombings.
The end is near, the terrorists will lose to the brave men and women in the military, and the brave men and women of Iraq.
What a wonderful country America is, may God’s blessing accompany her in the good she carries out in this fallen world.