Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
WASHINGTON -- In his St. Paul victory speech, Barack Obama pledged again to pull out of Iraq. Rather than "continue a policy in Iraq that asks everything of our brave men and women in uniform and nothing of Iraqi politicians. ... It's time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their future."
We know Obama hasn't been to Iraq in more than two years, but does he not read the papers? Does he not know anything about developments on the ground? Here is the "nothing" that Iraqis have been doing in the last few months:
The Iraqis are taking over Anbar Province within 10 days!
BAGHDAD (AFP) - The US military is to hand over security control of the former Sunni insurgent bastion of Anbar province to Iraqi forces in the next 10 days, a US military spokesman announced on Monday.
"The handover of Anbar is expected to take place in the next 10 days," Lieutenant David Russell told AFP, declining to provide an exact date.
This could be the biggest news from Iraq since the terror attack on the al-Askari Mosque but I doubt you will see it on the news tonight.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
The explosions in the Sha'ab neighborhood in the Baghdad district of Adhamiyah, which killed 16 civilians and wounded 29 more, have been "misreported," according to the US military. The explosions in the Mahdi Army stronghold were initially reported in the media as a car bomb attack that targeted a police commander. The attack was held up as the largest bombing in Baghdad since mid-March.
But the US military has refuted the reports, saying the explosions were caused by the premature detonation of a Special Groups improvised rocket launching system. The system, which has been described as a flying improvised explosive device, or airborne IED, had received little attention until yesterday’s explosions in Sha’ab.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Greetings,I just finished Moment of Truth in Iraq tonight. I highly recommend you buy it and give it a read. Michael Yon comes at the Iraq war from a middle of the road perspective, politically, so his view of it should be read by all.
The trend lines are clear.
war seems to be winding-down. At this rate it is entirely conceivable that at the end of 2008 we will be able to say, in good conscience, that the Iraq war has ended. Iraq
Of course this is speculation.
Grabbing headlines today is the news that
is drawing down it’s forces from Australia . The Australian military is comprised of some of the finest soldiers in the world. Yet the Australian government’s commitment to the war in Iraq has been militarily insignificant. The loss of the Australian military contingent is strategically irrelevant. Iraq
I’m in constant communications with forces on the ground in
. al-Qaeda continues to be hammered into the dirt. The Iraq Army has demonstrated great competence in Iraq . They are at the fore front of destroying al-Qaeda in Sadr City province. Nineveh
Washington Post reports growing success in
by the Basra security forces. Violence in Iraq is reaching an all time low, perhaps lower than at anytime in several decades. But make no mistake Iraq and it’s people have been ravaged by decades of war. Finally they are getting their chance at freedom thanks to the sacrifice of the men and women who have set them free from tyrants. With any luck, on my next trip to Iraq I will see little to no combat. Iraq
There are several new dispatches on the website. Free copies of Moment of Truth in Iraq are available with a one year subscription to Town Hall Magazine.