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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.

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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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To: Barbarian6
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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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.

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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To: passionlessDrone

Hello Troll. Have you ever considered that maybe the President is correct?


21 posted on 03/30/2006 8:31:32 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: Calpernia

Ping


22 posted on 03/30/2006 8:35:50 PM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: passionlessDrone

Go to hell, jackass.


23 posted on 03/30/2006 8:38:07 PM PST by Future Snake Eater (The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.)
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To: passionlessDrone
Col. William Ivey, Task Force-134 deputy commander
24 posted on 03/30/2006 8:42:20 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: ducks1944; Ragtime Cowgirl; Alamo-Girl; ziggy_dlo; TrueBeliever9; maestro; TEXOKIE; My back yard; ..
...‘update’ from a friend, written by a great American and Infantry officer, it represents his view of things in Iraq…a personal foxhole snapshot from someone “over there” for ten months. This is not an official report of the Army or the MNF-I, but I thought you might want to post it; it’s a very telling and inspiring story. But just between you and me and the reading audience, the American media is failing the American people—and terribly so. Is it just an accident or partisanship? I suspect books will be written on the coverage of this war as much as its conduct.
25 posted on 03/30/2006 8:43:13 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: passionlessDrone

LOL, DESPERATE member of Saddam's defense team?


26 posted on 03/30/2006 8:45:56 PM PST by roses of sharon
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To: passionlessDrone
One time I went to a restaraunt on the water; there was a small dock that was swarming with catfish that knew diners would throw their scraps of food into the water. There were thousands of them. You could throw in anything and see it be eaten within seconds; lemons, cracker wrappers, whatever.

shame they didn't throw you in troll.

The Colonel's Iraq has been confirmed by many others.
27 posted on 03/30/2006 8:46:13 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media.)
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To: passionlessDrone

I think I saw you at that restaurant, Drone, gulping it with the best of them. One nice thing about the 'Net is that you really can find out who's real and who isn't. If you learn how to use it. You ought to try it.


28 posted on 03/30/2006 8:47:01 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: passionlessDrone
There are two amazing, nearly inexplicable things about this post: 1) Colonel Ivey's 'foxhole view' of Iraq is exactly the same view as the one in the Oval Office!

Bill Ivey is a no kidding infantry officer located in Iraq. See post #24 or google his name yourself for verification. The fact that after close to a year on the ground that what Ivey says about Iraq matches what the President says should--if you had a shred of intellectual honesty--make you re-examine your own beliefs.

29 posted on 03/30/2006 8:51:44 PM PST by mark502inf
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To: Barbarian6
Meanwhile the American Army and the rest of our armed forces in this fight is the only thing standing between us and tyranny. One day the American people might understand this, no thanks to the American media of course.

The bastard Media..a foreshadowing of much darker & satanic things to come, IMO.

30 posted on 03/30/2006 8:52:44 PM PST by Windsong (Jesus Saves, but Buddha makes incremental backups)
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To: passionlessDrone

I know about this Colonel; he wrote the letter; it's not White House talking points--they're his talking points.

...I suppose since he's over there, and you aren't, he has some entitlement to speak them.

He has 30 years in the Army, took a direct transfer from Korea to Iraq to serve a higher calling than going around calling himself 'passionlessdrone.'

...'passionlessdrone' --hmmm-- what's that code for:

babbling, ignorant, wenie-liberal that thinks he's fricken smarter than most, but really fears he's just a half-assed shadow of real Americans-- too proud to be a patriot, too scared to change citizenship?

...hey but a great conspiracy post, you should apply to the democrat party as a speechwriter.

..."get of the phone you big dummy"


31 posted on 03/30/2006 9:07:11 PM PST by Barbarian6
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To: Barbarian6

great post I encourage everyone to click on the link and read the entire article.


32 posted on 03/30/2006 10:49:59 PM PST by Coffee_drinker (The best defense is a strong preemptive strike..)
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To: Barbarian6

Great post!

Thanks!


33 posted on 03/30/2006 11:16:33 PM PST by truemiester (If the U.S. should fail, a veil of darkness will come over the Earth for a thousand years)
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To: Coffee_drinker

Yes, it was a Terrific Article and I think everyone on Capital Hill should read it and weep!! In fact too bad all Americans won't see it! Problem is.....Our Government should be a shinning example for the struggling Iraqi Government and try to be more in One accord. America is so filled with HATE, how can we be a good example of a government of Democracy? I have liberal relatives and friends that all that comes out of their mouths is garbage and that they HATE Bush!! They don't really have anything valid to say or know how to handle the war in Iraq, all they can do is pipe in with the LameStream Media and criticize it. Everything is negative and hateful, and to condones illegals. Truly, it's all about speaking of evil as good and good as evil.

The America, as we once knew it, is now in a world of hurts, the lamers just haven't figured that one out yet!!! Speaking of envasion....folks we've been invaded in more ways than one....and one day, if things don't change, this Nation will fall from within!! Like someone said recently it may take another 9-11, to just all be Americans and STAND together as one Nation again!!!
How soon They forgot!!!

Yes, I've had skin in Iraq for over a year, ready and willing to lay his life down if need be for this Nation, in fact he was in a IED explosion and miracously survived it. These guys and gals are fighting their hearts out for the Iraqi and Afghan people, and they are the Great Example of what America stands for. The Liberals and naysayers should follow the example of our Honorable Troops and become the beacons of light to the world that they are.


34 posted on 03/31/2006 12:51:05 AM PST by SoldiersPrayingMom ("And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand." Mk 3:24)
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To: Barbarian6

You'll never see this in the MSM

http://www.armychic256bde.com/id42.html#top

Mardi Gras In Iraq


35 posted on 03/31/2006 4:25:22 AM PST by Fruit of the Spirit
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To: pissant

Twice, and scheduled to go back for a three-peat next year.


36 posted on 03/31/2006 5:31:04 AM PST by stm (You can fix a lot of things, but you can't fix stupid)
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To: Barbarian6

Nice response.

>>half-assed shadow of real Americans-- too proud to be a patriot, too scared to change citizenship?

There's a tagline in there. I'd suggest something like:

The American Left - too "proud" to be patriots, too scared to change citizenship


37 posted on 03/31/2006 5:50:10 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: Barbarian6; Dont_Tread_On_Me_888; MikeinIraq; Allegra; DevSix; Coop
BLUF: We are not, and have not been, on the verge of civil war. We have had an increase in killings by militia groups in the past five weeks, and that is not helping get the new government seated, but we (the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Coalition Forces) are far from losing control.

Hey Re-Tread ~ whaddya say to this?

38 posted on 03/31/2006 8:32:24 AM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: stm; Allegra; MikeinIraq; Old Sarge; Coop; Dont_Tread_On_Me_888
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.

BUMP TO THE FREAKING TOP!

And thank you so much for your service to our country.

39 posted on 03/31/2006 8:34:53 AM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888; MikeinIraq; Allegra; Coop
The fight against Al Qaida is going well. They have chosen to make Iraq the battleground against the US, and this has enabled us to kill or capture significant numbers of their senior leadership, and put a dent in their funding. They believe they can prevail by killing US Soldiers, and waiting for the US public to tire of the war and casualties, and bring us home. As I talk to Soldiers around Iraq, they overwhelmingly believe in what they are doing and why they are doing it. They know they are winning, and are frustrated by what they see and hear in the news about America questioning why we are here. In my opinion, it is much better to fight these terrorists in Iraq vice in the US.

Thank you Tread for making their job that much easier.

40 posted on 03/31/2006 8:46:38 AM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: StarCMC; Dont_Tread_On_Me_888; Allegra

But but but but we're (alledgedly) stalking him!!!

WAAHHHHHHHHHH

LOL


41 posted on 03/31/2006 8:54:03 AM PST by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: MikefromOhio; Dont_Tread_On_Me_888

Nope, just pinging him to something he's an expert on.


42 posted on 03/31/2006 8:56:30 AM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: MikeinIraq

*crickets*


43 posted on 03/31/2006 9:13:07 AM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: StarCMC

oh yeah he won't respond....at least I don't expect him too.

It would be against what his pattern is.

If he can get in and say stupid things FIRST, then he might stick around.

If he gets called out, he won't come back.

I hear chickens or something :)


44 posted on 03/31/2006 9:19:05 AM PST by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: MikefromOhio

bwaaaak bwaaaak


45 posted on 03/31/2006 9:21:17 AM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: StarCMC

LOL


46 posted on 03/31/2006 9:23:08 AM PST by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: StarCMC

time for lunch...

I'll be back to hear the crickets in a while :)


47 posted on 03/31/2006 9:23:24 AM PST by MikefromOhio (aka MikeinIraq)
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To: MikefromOhio

LOL - same here.


48 posted on 03/31/2006 9:23:54 AM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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To: PA Engineer; passionlessDrone; MikefromOhio; StarCMC
The Colonel's Iraq has been confirmed by many others.

Yours truly included.

Hmmm...the troll-post got pulled before I could see it. what whas his particular brand of whiiiine? Some B.S. about things being better under Saddam?

49 posted on 03/31/2006 9:36:28 AM PST by Allegra (No mosques were entered or damaged during this post.)
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To: Allegra

I missed that one too.


50 posted on 03/31/2006 9:37:31 AM PST by StarCMC (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing...thank you Sarge.)
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