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Michael Yon: Trap and kill Al Qaeda in Iraq

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General David Petraeus

Michael Yon in Iraq reports on the commencement of “the most widespread combat operations since the end of the ground war” to take out Al Qaeda in Iraq, and the good work of General David Petraeus.

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By the time you read this, we will be inside Baquba, and we will be killing them.

… Our jets will drop bombs and we will use rockets.

… By the time you read this, our artillery will be firing, and our tanks moving in. And Humvees. And Strykers. And other vehicles.

Our people will capture key terrain and cutoff escape routes.

The idea this time is not to chase al Qaeda out, but to trap and kill them head-on, or in ambushes, or while they sleep.

When they are wounded, they will be unable to go to hospitals without being captured, and so their wounds will fester and they will die painfully sometimes.

It will be horrible for al Qaeda.

Horror and terrorism is what they sow, and tonight they will reap their harvest. They will get no rest. They can only fight and die, or run and try to get away.

Nobody is asking for surrender, but if they surrender, they will be taken.

To Coalition forces: Good hunting lads!

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Democrats keep shifting goal posts on Iraq War policies

I often see “the left” changing the goal posts.

This allows them to be AGAINST everything – no matter what it may be.

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US Senator, Joe Lieberman, observes how his own Democratic Party colleagues have done this recently with respect to Iraq War policy.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent speech – which is definitely worth reading in total:

For most of the past four years, under Defense Secretary Rumsfeld, the United States did not try to establish basic security in Iraq.

Rather than deploying enough troops necessary to protect the Iraqi people, the focus of our military has been on training and equipping Iraqi forces, protecting our own forces, and conducting targeted sweeps and raids—in other words, the very same missions proposed by the proponents of the legislation before us.

That strategy failed—and we know why it failed. It failed because we didn’t have enough troops to ensure security, which in turn created an opening for Al Qaeda and its allies to exploit. They stepped into this security vacuum and, through horrific violence, created a climate of fear and insecurity in which political and economic progress became impossible.

For years, many members of Congress recognized this. We talked about this. We called for more troops, and a new strategy, and—for that matter—a new secretary of defense.

And yet, now, just as President Bush has come around—just as he has recognized the mistakes his administration has made, and the need to focus on basic security in Iraq, and to install a new secretary of defense and a new commander in Iraq—now his critics in Congress have changed their minds and decided that the old, failed strategy wasn’t so bad after all.

What is going on here? What has changed so that the strategy that we criticized and rejected in 2006 suddenly makes sense in 2007?

Well, Senator, what’s going on is that it’s not about WHAT is right i.e. truth and principles, it’s about WHO is saying it.

Republicans are always wrong.

And it’s about Nihilism – the (anti)philosophy of anti-everything.

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Jeff Jacoby: What drives the Democrats?

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What drives the Democrats?
By Jeff Jacoby, April 29, 2007

Legislation passed by congressional Democrats last week would force US troops to abandon Iraq beginning Oct. 1. Though a veto was foreordained, the vote was great news for the jihadis in Iraq, their second such morale boost in a week. On April 19, Senate majority leader Harry Reid had run up a white flag, declaring that “this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything” — music to the ears of Al Qaeda and its allies .

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President Bush announces new Iraq Strategy

Good news!

President Bush has just announced the United States’ new Iraq strategy. It looks very promising.

Click here to read “Highlights of Iraq Strategy Review” (PDF)

  • Over 20,000 additional troops will be sent in.
  • Since 80% of the sectarian violence in Iraq is occuring within a 30 mile radius of Bagdhad (did you know that?) that area will get special attention.
  • Iran and to a lesser extent, Syria have been singled out as fueling the violence: “Iran has been cultivating influence in Iraq through all means atits disposal.”
  • The aim will beto “achieve a functioning democracy that polices its territory, upholds the rule of law, respects fundamental human liberties, and answers to its people,”
  • The plan identifies that, due to insufficient security Iraqis have been turning to “self-help” – which I presume includes local militias.
  • The new plan is also looking at improving the Iraqi economy and providing jobs for the citizens. I’d like to see more details about this. It would be a bad move to foster a “hand-out” mentality, but I have no evidence at this stage that this would happen.

Thanks goodness the idiotic Iraq Study Group proposal has been completely side-stepped.

Once again Mr Bushdemonstrates his fundamentalhonesty -looking at the facts and acting on them. And his commitment to American securityand worldwide freedom.

He’s a good man and an excellent President.

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