Archive for September, 2006

What Iraqis Want

Friday, September 29th, 2006

On September 27th, the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) released a poll of Iraqi opinion – a sequel to its poll of January, 2006.  The PIPA study contains findings to hearten both partisans and opponents of the administration’s Iraq policy.  Iraqis express a strong, but qualified, rejection of the presence of U.S. troops, and a strong, but qualified, acceptance of the new order that those troops have wrought.

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NIE Makes Case for Winning In Iraq

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

“Should jihadists leaving Iraq perceive themselves, and be perceived, to have failed, we judge fewer fighters will be inspired to carry on the fight.”  (Page 2, Declassified Key Judgments, National Intelligence Estimate)

Duh.

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As Vulnerable as Sept. 10, 2001

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Democrats are crowing about a new National Intelligence Estimate that, somewhere in all its pages, says that the U.S. is a larger target of terrorism now, because of the war in Iraq.

Less than two weeks have passed since the five-year-anniversary of 9/11, when we were attacked by terrorists, and the liberals are pretending that September 11th, through the Spring of 2003 did not exist.

Of course, this NIE could be faulty, just like a previous NIE.

Scandal or Truism?

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

As the whole world now knows, Mark Mazetti of the New York Times leaked selected findings of a classified National Intelligence Estimate (Sept. 23, 2006: “Spy Agencies Say War Worsens Terrorist Threat.”)

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So Few Embeds

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Pajamas Media is pointing out how few reporters covering Iraq are actually out in the field.

When I was embedded with a Marine infantry platoon in the Summer of 2005, I only saw a handful of reporters pass through Fallujah.

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The Moscow Effect

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

The Battle for Baghdad rages on.  Some of the indices of coalition progress are positive: 

  • Civilian casualties fell 16% from July to August.
  • The areas “cleared and held” by coalition forces, including some of Baghdad’s toughest neighborhoods, witnessed a substantial decrease in terrorist attacks and sectarian violence.
  • The revival of neighborhood advisory councils provided a valuable interface between citizens and their security forces.
  • The revival of basic services – water, sewage, trash removal – stimulated economic activities in the “cleared” neighborhoods.

Other indices were poor.

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One Year Ago–Part II

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

It was one year ago that I witnessed something I think about nearly every day.

On Sept. 19th, 2005, I was an embedded reporter with Silver Platoon, RCT-8, Camp Fallujah, Iraq.

It was the last mission I went on.

One Year Ago

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

It was one year ago that I witnessed something I think about nearly every day.

On Sept. 19th, 2005, I was an embedded reporter with Silver Platoon, RCT-8, Camp Fallujah, Iraq.

It was the last mission I went on.

Part II, Friday.

Why is this man mad at the French?

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

What about France bums out Ayman al-Zawahari, al-Qaida’s “number 2” ?

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The AP’s Inside Man

Monday, September 18th, 2006

Bilal Hussein, the Associated Press’ go-to man for close up photos of terrorists in Iraq, is currently being detained by the Coalition after he was caught with two Al Qaida leaders.

The Associated Press conducted their own inquiry and found Bilal Huessein not guilty.

But their line of reasoning defies all common sense for we know exactly what AQI leaders do to journalists–usually kidnap, hold for ransom and occasionally behead.

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