Friday, May 2, 2008

A Moment Of Truth In Iraq

I've been reading my signed copy of Micheal Yon's new book, A Moment Of Truth In Iraq, thank you Greta. I'm just about half way through and it is an amazing book so far. If you haven't picked up a copy yet do so. No. Right now. Stop reading this and go order a copy. I'll wait.

OK, good. If you already had respect and love for the men and women serving in the U.S. military reading this book will enforce that. These people are beyond extraordinary. There's one chapter that I liked in particular called De Oppresso Liber(to liberate the oppressed). Maybe Sens. Obama and Clinton should read this book. Maybe they would realize that their plans to pull out isn't so good after all. We pull out, the terrorists move back in and the Iraqi people know and fear it. There's also a great story about Muslims helping to rebuild a Christian church in hopes of getting their Christian neighbors to move back in. And here's something I didn't know. When al-Qaeda goes into a village and destroys it, not only do they rape the women but they also rape the young boys. I didn't know that. There are actually gay members of al-Qeada who help coalition forces track down terrorists. Who knew?

However, if you're expecting a book that cheerleads the war you're going to disappointed. Yon's not afraid to let people know where we've screwed up and who did it. The parts on Gen. Petraus really show where we screwed up in Iraq and what we should have done instead. And let me say this. Gen. David Petraus is the right man to be in charge in Iraq. You learn that real quick from this book.


BB-Idaho said...

No question Petraeus is the right man for command in Iraq; he wrote the book on counterinsurgency, and he understands the winning means a lot more than killing insurgents.
You have to win the populace. Long, tough job.