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An Infantry Colonelís Foxhole Report from Iraq
The American Thinker ^ | 29 March 2006 | COL William Ivey

Posted on 03/30/2006 7:37:44 PM PST by Barbarian6

Sorry it has been five months since my last update, but then, we have been busy. Let me give you the bottom-line up front (BLUF), and then catch you up on things. Feel free to forward this to whomever, since we still can’t seem to get the press to tell folks what is going on. This is how the fight is going from my foxhole, and it is much more than the bombings, US casualties, and rumors of civil war the press seems to be focused on.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


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Is there a problem with the US media in Iraq?...
1 posted on 03/30/2006 7:37:49 PM PST by Barbarian6
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To: Barbarian6

Good post.


2 posted on 03/30/2006 7:44:39 PM PST by 68skylark
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To: Barbarian6
This is a tough fight, and we are once again up against an enemy who has no moral compass. Our kids continue to excel at every mission, and are undaunted in their task. If anyone has any doubts about this generation, they can erase them. 2006 will be a decisive year. We have the opportunity to do a battle handoff to the Iraqis for the lead in the counterinsurgency fight, and begin to reduce our combat presence. Concurrently, we must continue to coach and mentor the Iraqi Government as it continues its journey toward democracy. We will need to be here for awhile, but my assessment is that this is the make or break year.

I’m betting on our Soldiers and the Iraqi people.

Doubt and faithlessness will destroy us. Too many sheep think they know better than the sheep dogs.

3 posted on 03/30/2006 7:54:35 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: Barbarian6

Great post -


4 posted on 03/30/2006 7:54:37 PM PST by SevenMinusOne
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To: Barbarian6; teenyelliott; Sam the Sham; SandRat; Wiz; jmc1969; Gucho; Former Military Chick

Great letter. Thanks for posting


5 posted on 03/30/2006 7:55:58 PM PST by pissant
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Is there a problem with the US media in Iraq?...

Not enough terrorists left to take them all captive?

6 posted on 03/30/2006 7:56:13 PM PST by magslinger (Pray for your enemies, It's like taking a B52 to a gun fight.)
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They can no longer give beanie babies to the kids, because Al Qaida has taken to placing explosives in them, giving them to kids, blowing their arms off or killing them, and blaming the Americans.

OMFG.

7 posted on 03/30/2006 7:57:24 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Barbarian6

What a great update! I feel better already.


8 posted on 03/30/2006 7:59:10 PM PST by balk (Vive le Canada libre... des Libereaux)
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To: Barbarian6

If the American public would listen to us that have been there more, there would not be nearly the misconceptions and misinformation that there is about things in Iraq. The worthless lamestream media is a extremely biased (and decidedly anti-republican and anti-military) and a totally unreliable souce of what is really going on overseas.


9 posted on 03/30/2006 8:00:11 PM PST by stm (You can fix a lot of things, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: stm

I take it you were there?


10 posted on 03/30/2006 8:04:24 PM PST by pissant
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
Too many sheep think they know better than the sheep dogs.
The "Tribes" article about sheep/dogs/wolves still makes me pause and think about the mechanics of social interaction in this fast evolving world.

Where would we place Iran in this model, Hamsters?

11 posted on 03/30/2006 8:07:22 PM PST by Critical Bill (An awareness of the Muslim contradiction must gnaw in even the dullest fundamentalist brain.)
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To: SandRat

Consider yourself pinged.


12 posted on 03/30/2006 8:13:59 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: Critical Bill
That doesn't mean the sheep are lesser beings. They're just....well... sheep. Accept it. Take pride in it.
13 posted on 03/30/2006 8:14:24 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: Barbarian6
They can no longer give beanie babies to the kids, because Al Qaida has taken to placing explosives in them, giving them to kids, blowing their arms off or killing them, and blaming the Americans.

Bastards!

14 posted on 03/30/2006 8:18:04 PM PST by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?")
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To: Barbarian6
No one party/sect has a majority in the newly elected Council of Representatives, so learning to compromise and put together alliances in the government will be key to success.

In the long run this will really help.

15 posted on 03/30/2006 8:18:22 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: Barbarian6

Thanks for posting the link.


16 posted on 03/30/2006 8:18:44 PM PST by ASOC (Choose between the lesser of two evils, and in the end, you still have - evil.)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4

Great Blog!
"And you'll talk about shit. You'll have stories about what you did on the other side of the world. Interesting stories about cool shit you did and places you saw. And as you talk, at some point you'll realize that they don't have a f*cking clue."

I'm sure all vets can relate.


18 posted on 03/30/2006 8:28:09 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: Critical Bill
On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs - Dave Grossman

We know that the sheep live in denial, that is what makes them sheep.

The sheep would much rather have the sheepdog cash in his fangs, spray paint himself white, and go, "Baa."

19 posted on 03/30/2006 8:28:23 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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To: passionlessDrone

Welcome to FR, troll. Things slow at DU tonight?


20 posted on 03/30/2006 8:30:43 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Our enemies act on ecstatic revelations from their god. We act on the advice of lawyers.)
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