Tuesday, November 29, 2005
More From Iraq
Here's some more from Iraq from Sen. Joseph Lieberman. You have to register to read it but it's free and worth it. Here are some highlights.

"I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood--unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn.

Progress is visible and practical. In the Kurdish North, there is continuing security and growing prosperity. The primarily Shiite South remains largely free of terrorism, receives much more electric power and other public services than it did under Saddam, and is experiencing greater economic activity"

"It is a war between 27 million and 10,000; 27 million Iraqis who want to live lives of freedom, opportunity and prosperity and roughly 10,000 terrorists who are either Saddam revanchists, Iraqi Islamic extremists or al Qaeda foreign fighters who know their wretched causes will be set back if Iraq becomes free and modern"

"The leaders of Iraq's duly elected government understand this, and they asked me for reassurance about America's commitment. The question is whether the American people and enough of their representatives in Congress from both parties understand this. I am disappointed by Democrats who are more focused on how President Bush took America into the war in Iraq almost three years ago, and by Republicans who are more worried about whether the war will bring them down in next November's elections, than they are concerned about how we continue the progress in Iraq in the months and years ahead"
Agree 100%.

Now here's something you wouldn't know if you listened to CNN, The L.A. Times, The NY Times and the likes.
"Here is an ironic finding I brought back from Iraq. While U.S. public opinion polls show serious declines in support for the war and increasing pessimism about how it will end, polls conducted by Iraqis for Iraqi universities show increasing optimism. Two-thirds say they are better off than they were under Saddam, and a resounding 82% are confident their lives in Iraq will be better a year from now than they are today. What a colossal mistake it would be for America's bipartisan political leadership to choose this moment in history to lose its will and, in the famous phrase, to seize defeat from the jaws of the coming victory"

"Does America have a good plan for doing this, a strategy for victory in Iraq? Yes we do. And it is important to make it clear to the American people that the plan has not remained stubbornly still but has changed over the years. Mistakes, some of them big, were made after Saddam was removed, and no one who supports the war should hesitate to admit that; but we have learned from those mistakes and, in characteristic American fashion, from what has worked and not worked on the ground. The administration's recent use of the banner "clear, hold and build" accurately describes the strategy as I saw it being implemented last week"

Some more news we aren't getting from BM.
"The Sixth Infantry Division of the Iraqi Security Forces now controls and polices more than one-third of Baghdad on its own. Coalition and Iraqi forces have together cleared the previously terrorist-controlled cities of Fallujah, Mosul and Tal Afar, and most of the border with Syria. Those areas are now being "held" secure by the Iraqi military themselves. Iraqi and coalition forces are jointly carrying out a mission to clear Ramadi, now the most dangerous city in Al-Anbar province at the west end of the Sunni Triangle.

Nationwide, American military leaders estimate that about one-third of the approximately 100,000 members of the Iraqi military are able to "lead the fight" themselves with logistical support from the U.S., and that that number should double by next year. If that happens, American military forces could begin a drawdown in numbers proportional to the increasing self-sufficiency of the Iraqi forces in 2006. If all goes well, I believe we can have a much smaller American military presence there by the end of 2006 or in 2007, but it is also likely that our presence will need to be significant in Iraq or nearby for years to come"

"I cannot say enough about the U.S. Army and Marines who are carrying most of the fight for us in Iraq. They are courageous, smart, effective, innovative, very honorable and very proud. After a Thanksgiving meal with a great group of Marines at Camp Fallujah in western Iraq, I asked their commander whether the morale of his troops had been hurt by the growing public dissent in America over the war in Iraq. His answer was insightful, instructive and inspirational: "I would guess that if the opposition and division at home go on a lot longer and get a lot deeper it might have some effect, but, Senator, my Marines are motivated by their devotion to each other and the cause, not by political debates.""

The Left continue day in and day out to bash the war, an in effect, bash the troops. The undermined their victories and progress and they something think that by doing this they're actually supporting them. And I have to say, I commend Sen. Lieberman. He's one of the few that hasn't put political gain ahead of everything. He supported going into Iraq and still today continues to support the war. Unlike the other Dems who voted for the war he hasn't tucked tail and pulled a 180. He hasn't taken the blame off himself for his vote and put it all on Bush. Just one question though. How in the hell did this guy get mixed up with that nutsack Al Gore?


Anonymous said...

Chris - great article! Very encouraging news. I'm still of the mind, though, that it's OK to criticize some aspects of the war (not the troops of course and not the overall objective). Even Sen. Lieberman agrees:

"Mistakes, some of them big, were made after Saddam was removed, and no one who supports the war should hesitate to admit that; but we have learned from those mistakes and, in characteristic American fashion, from what has worked and not worked on the ground."

He's right. By acknowledging our mistakes, we enusre that we don't repeat them.

Christopher Lee said...

I agree, but all this "Bush purposely lied" and "they're dying for nothing" doesn't help their morale at all. That's not supporting them.

Len Kutchma said...

Don't know if you saw it but a great piece in the Christian Science Monitor you might be interested in. It always seems that the troops have a much different take on things as opposed to the MSM.

Anonymous said...

Chris, for the most part, troops don't give a crap about what people say at home because it doesn't reach them. So I'm sure it's "ruining their morale".

Mind you, the one I love is the Republican argument from before the London bombing - that the troops in Iraq are acting as bait and drawing all the terrorists there. I'm sure that that's just as supportive. ;)

Christopher Lee said...

Have you ever actually heard what the soldiers in Iraq are saying? Because they know everything that's being said in the media. They know that BM want's them to fail.

Anonymous said...

Fox wants them to fail?

I'll point you in the direction of the 7 question interview you did recently. It's not doing a damn thing to morale, because mostly they're too busy with the mission to bother thinking about politics.

This has been said by soldiering posters on your webjournal infact.