Look who just got the memo:
Now the sounds of warfare are rare. American troops have set up small outposts in some of the capital’s most dangerous enclaves. Locals previously lukewarm to the presence of U.S. soldiers patrol alongside them. And a historic lane on the eastern banks of the Tigris is set to reopen later this year, lined with seafood restaurants and an art gallery.
Al-Maliki’s assessment Sunday matched those of U.S. military officials, and is borne out by Associated Press figures that show a sharp drop in the number of U.S. and Iraqi deaths in the past few months. The number of Iraqi civilians who meet violent deaths dropped from at least 1,023 in September to at least 905 in October, according to an AP count.
The number of American military deaths fell from 65 to at least 39 over the same period.
Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of U.S. forces south of the capital, said Sunday he believed the decrease would hold, because of what he called a “groundswell” of support from regular Iraqis.
“If we didn’t have so many people coming forward to help, I’d think this is a flash in the pan. But that’s just not the case,” Lynch told a small group of reporters over lunch in the Green Zone.
Course, the MSM being the MSM they couldn’t let all this good news go without something, anything to grasp ahold of so that their dreams of a American and Iraqi defeat is not dimmed.
Take a look at the very first photo and its description:
But they can’t hide the good news anymore it seems. Just too much of it to keep down. Like todays report that the Iraqi’s are battling al-Qaeda by themselves in greater numbers:
Former Sunni insurgents asked the United States to stay away, and then ambushed members of Al Qaeda in Iraq, killing 18 in a battle that raged for hours north of Baghdad, an ex-insurgent leader and Iraqi police said yesterday.
The Islamic Army in Iraq sent advance word to Iraqi police requesting that US helicopters keep out of the area because its fighters had no uniforms and were indistinguishable from Al Qaeda, according to the police and a top Islamic Army leader known as Abu Ibrahim.
Abu Ibrahim said his fighters killed 18 Al Qaeda militants and captured 16 in the fight southeast of Samarra, a mostly Sunni city about 60 miles north of Baghdad.
“We found out that Al Qaeda intended to attack us, so we ambushed them at 3 p.m. on Friday,” Abu Ibrahim said. He would not say whether any Islamic Army members were killed.
Much of the Islamic Army in Iraq, a major Sunni Arab insurgent group that includes former members of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party, has joined the US-led fight against Al Qaeda in Iraq along with Sunni tribesmen and other former insurgents repelled by the terror group’s brutality and extremism.
The liberals can hope and pray for some sign that Iraq is lost, so they then can blame Bush, but to no avail. General Petreaus and the man who put him into place, President Bush, have adapted and overcome the failed strategy first devised for the Iraq War, and we are winning.
Thanks MSM for noticing, a few months late but we wouldn’t expect anything less of you.
“The liberals can hope and pray…”
Come on Curt! You know liberals don’t pray! They might chant “Ommmm, Ommm, Ommmm” while hugging a tree, but that’s about it.
And talk about head-in-the-sand…!
In 2-4 weeks, the first 5700 American troops are scheduled to be withdrawn. They are “surge troops”, but the withdrawal is expected to continue until next summer. A steady flow of troops coming home starting this Christmas. And if it continues, starting in June more troops are expected to withdraw from Iraq with parades on the 4th of July and everything. How’s that gonna play for the left? These orders were issued months ago, and done so very publicly, but still ignored. The very DAY that President Bush gave the order to start withdrawing forces…protesters went out and demanded a withdrawal (duh).
So, why the continued Congressional demand for a withdrawal?
Why the demand from protesters?
Why all the anti-war focus from the left?
‘Cause sites like Kos, Huffpo, and media outlets like MSNBC and NYT didn’t report the order then, dismissed Petraeus’ speech as a betrayal, and don’t dare report the absolulte military miracle that’s happening in Iraq over the past 9 months.
5700 are packing their gear. Soon they’ll be on planes, in airports, and then scatter across the US on hundreds of individual planes at hundreds of individual airports-perhaps thousands. Will it get reported? Will the historic military accomplishment of success in Iraq be reported, dismissed by spin, or acknowledged despite the political partisanship and bias? Gonna be hard to ignore-especially if it keeps up with another brigade in January, another in Feb, another in March, and so forth.
Oh, but my guess is they’ll still go out and protest and demand a withdrawal even while its happening.
And the Dems in Congress will continue to pass non-binding resolutions until they can’t hide from the reality anymore (then they’ll stand up and take credit for both the withdrawal and the military success).
Meanwhile, and till then…I say to all those in the sandbox:
Maybe they can’t but the New York Times sure tried. The article Curt linked to the Globe was an AP release. The Times took that release and had this Headline: “ROADSIDE BOMB KILLS SEVEN ACROSS IRAQ” An hour after I wrote the public editor at NYT’s, both AP and the Times changed the link and the title. I have the actual “headlines” HERE