Skip to comments.Progress in Iraq’s Anbar “breathtaking”: US general
Posted on 04/26/2007 2:06:51 PM PDT by noname247
The US commander of multinational forces in Iraq, General David Petraeus, said Wednesday that efforts to quell unrest in the western Sunni province of Anbar have made almost breathtaking progress.
Speaking to reporters about the new US strategy to curb sectarian violence in Iraq launched two months ago, based on a US troop increase, Petraeus said: We are ahead, I think, with respect ... to the reduction of sectarian murders in Baghdad.
Progress in Anbar is almost something thats breathtaking, he added.
The general illustrated his positive evaluation by citing the killing Friday of an Al Qaeda kingpin, identified by the US command as the security emir for the east of Anbar province.
(Excerpt) Read more at khaleejtimes.com ...
Emergency Response Units, paramilitary organizations loyal to Sheikh Sattar al-Rishawi, prepare their weapons before a patrol in Ramadi, Iraq on Tuesday, March 20, 2007. Ramadi in the past was virtually run by insurgents led by al-Qaeda who carried out daily attacks and kept the police off the streets. But, these elite fighters many of which admit they were members of the old Iraqi Army and Saddam's Elite Republican Guard managed to help break al-Qaeda's grip on the city.
Amen to great news. The traitors are not listening.
So true. The good news is that while there will be setbacks, progress is being made and the main of Iraq is growing stronger. That former “insurgents” are taking on the true foreign invaders, al Qaeda, is such a good development. Thank goodness that there’s still enough time left in Bush’s term to pierce the mainstream media lies so that the truth will out...
This can’t be true! We’ve lost the war! Harry said so!
This will have to be spiked so the Brian Williams can explain how, adjusted for inflation, the DOW was actually higher in 1930.
So, how will Reid, Pelosi et al spin this one? If they take the time to listen to what the General says, that is.
I hope it takes Democrats’ breath.
I hope it's true.
They may get a surprise...............
The Anbar Savlation Council has retaken much of Anbar and started widescale conscription in Fallujah in Ramadi. They have gotten the go ahead to attack al-Qaeda elsewhere in Iraq.
By the end of the year the Anbar Salvation Council will be around 200,000 men strong.
Great news, next stop Diyala province. They get that under control and they’re 80% there.
They can’t ,....they have already laid their plans....see link at post #12.
It is true. I just searched and found MSNBC and other articles from May and June of 2006. They described Ramadi as the meanest place in Iraq. This is really turning around. My daughter’s boyfriend is in one of the real tough towns in that province. He says it has really done a 180 over the last six to twelve months.
The treasonous actions of the democrats must not go unrewarded. I hope the muslim terrorists mistake the democratic traitors for their enemies someday.
Maybe disbanding those units entirely wasn't such a good idea.
Tens of thousands of young men with military experience with no jobs and barely enough money to feed themselves let alone their families.
Yes, it was a massive mistake.
The vast majority would have been happy for a constant pay check.
H/T to Drudge for the Image.....
agreed, but hindsight is 20/20. Bush listened to the commanders on the ground and his advisers and, in retrospect, they were late in seeing the success that al Qaeda was having in spurring the sectarian conflict. Had I one wish in this regard, it would be to turn back the hands of time for at least two years in Iraq for a do over. That not being possible, Godspeed to our troops and Iraqi allies...
He allowed the Shia leadership to push him around and force elections too quickly before Iraq was stable with its own security force.
He took away Commanders Exemption Funds which got rid of Commanders carrot and left them with nothing but a stick after that the insurgency really flared.
He allowed Chalabi to run the de-Baathification program which basically turned anyone who was in the previous government into second class citizens.
And, then he was given the Rresidential Medal of Freedom. What the hell?
The biggest problem I have long had with the President is he has rewarded loyality over competence. George J. Tenet got the Presidental Medal of Freedom on the same day as Bremer. The war would be going very differently today if Rummy was out after the 2004 election along with Powell.
Presidental Metal of Freedom
If the Baathist units had been allowed to remain intact, there would be no hope for change in Iraq. No civilian government. They would have been viewed, rightly, as just a continuation of Saddam’s reign, and the US as powerless (even more so than now, I mean, heh).
I am GLAD that they were ‘broken’ and starved for awhile. They needed some humility. Now maybe they can be useful members of Iraqui society, and not its overlords.
The MSM, Reid, and all the other socialists will ignore this, as always...
Now that’s thinking, in my book.
Harry: Chuckie, I think Im going to crap out. How much money do we have left?
Chuckie: Were tapped out. But dont worry, we'll get the American people to cover you. (Now on cell phone) Hello, the Times? Harry has just rolled the dice and he thinks he just crapped out. What can you do for us?
Any AFP report is almost certain to be instantly killed by the media, including the A. P. We’ll look for this tomorrow, Friday, in the papers. Hope it’s there but it probably won’t be. The papers will be all Senate vote.
No wonder the Dems didn’t want to attend!
Good news for US is bad news for them!
Thanks for posting this. The roads in Al Anbar are getting smoother. My 2 sons have admitted some positive developments. They have been all over Al Anbar on missions. OBL should be very worried, but Reid and Pelosi will keep trying to bolster his image and deflate our hopes. Keep praying for our real leaders and their troops. We definitely can win and Iraq will be our strongest ally.
I disagree. The choice we had was to reorganize the country around some existing institutions or dismantle them all and build a country from scratch. We chose the latter. That is a long-term process, 7-10 years, minimum - time we didn't and don't have. Had we left the army and most ministries in place, rooting out the higher-level Baathists and more fanatical units, we could have reorganized the country and accomplished a stable government much sooner. And Iraq would have an army the size it needs today but does not have.
Also, by dismantling the entire army, we threw hundreds of thousands of soldiers out of work with no pay and no unemployment. So, of course they signed up with AQ - they got a steady paycheck.
We didn't even destroy all the institutions of Germany post-WWII and there we didn't restore sovereignty until 1954. Rummy and Bremer must have been high on something if they thought the voters would give them that much time in Iraq.
DEAR LOSER HARRY REID IS DEEPLY SADDENED!!!!!!
Talked to my SPC son today who says he has seen a lot more Iraqi Patrols stepping up lately and his convoys are going smoothly in Al Anbar. Haven’t heard that on the MSM yet. The museums are open in Baghdad and people are trying to carry on normal lives. All the stolen artifacts are back and accounted for. Remember? they were pillaged and stolen. Not true. They were protected and preserved-—another thing the MSM forgot to cover. We get great stats on every American Hero killed and wounded and every bomb that goes off seems to have a camera set up and ready to shoot for us to see. The high number of enemy captured or killed is not newsworthy. Come on Iraqis, you can do it. Because Harry says you lost does not make it so.
Of course, that was a talk radio guy who happened to know the officer. He won't be interviewed by the MSM anytime soon.
The soldiers understand why they are over there, but the media can always find individuals that fit the Murtha template. Extensions hurt a lot. I know personally marriages that have folded, babies that were born with Dad’s missing the first year with their child and one couple that married and spent less than 2 weeks together over the past year. The latter is my son. Yet these soldiers keep on perservering and care deeply about the Iraqi people. Stories of courage and sacrifice of Iraqis and Americans are largely undocumented. I hope once Iraq is out of woods these stories will surface, but don’t hold your breath. America sure needs inspiration and all we get from the MSM is inspiration for the terrorists and how wrong headed the whole effort has been. It’s shameless and unbecoming America, but there are many on FR not close to giving up. We owe it to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to hang tough.
We really need to get going with expansion of the Army and Marine Corps. This tempo of deployments is just too much for many families.
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