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When It Comes to Iraq, Success Equals Silence (Oliver North)
Fox News ^ | June 26, 2008 | Col. Oliver North

Posted on 06/26/2008 3:56:20 PM PDT by jazusamo

Austin, TX — Our FOX News "War Stories" team came here to the capital of the Lone Star State to work on a documentary about America's 36th president to coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth on August 27. Full disclosure here: Lyndon Baines Johnson was the commander-in-chief who sent me and one of my brothers to war in Vietnam.

Because of the way he handled the war in Vietnam, LBJ has never been at the top of my list of favorite presidents. Apparently I'm not alone. Despite his sweeping civil rights reforms and far-reaching "Great Society" domestic programs, his name has not been mentioned at a Democratic Party Convention for three decades. But this week President Johnson moved up a notch on my empathy scale.

While we were "shooting" at the LBJ Ranch and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, it was announced that this weekend the U.S. military is transferring control of security in Al Anbar Province — the country's largest — to Iraqi forces. It's a remarkable victory for American force of arms, the Maliki government and the Bush administration — and the kind of moment U.S. troops, our allies in the Republic of Vietnam and Lyndon Johnson never had.

In fact, the greatest military triumph of LBJ's tenure — Tet 1968 — was depicted by the American media as a defeat. On February 27, while the battle was still raging, Walter Cronkite, just back from Vietnam, broadcast on CBS News that we were heading "closer to the brink of cosmic disaster" and proclaimed that "we are mired in stalemate." A month later, President Johnson announced that he would not seek, nor would he accept, the nomination of his party for another term as president.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: anbarprovince; enemedia; iraq; media; olivernorth
"The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw of character." -- LBJ
1 posted on 06/26/2008 3:56:20 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: 2rightsleftcoast; abner; ACAC; advertising guy; Arkinsaw; athelass; aumrl; basil; bboop; ...
OLIVER NORTH PING!

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2 posted on 06/26/2008 3:58:01 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
The great irony is that after Tet, the Viet Cong ceased to exist and the NVA had been mauled. Instead of pulling out LBJ should have ordered a “surge.” The man simply lacked the stomach to be a war leader, a fault which thankfully our current president do not have.
3 posted on 06/26/2008 4:10:39 PM PDT by quadrant
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To: quadrant

Too bad he wouldn’t go toe to toe with the DEMONS on the war. I wish just once he would get on the air and NOT be presidential about telling the public how it really is and what the DEMONS are doing to are lives just so they can be in control again. Just once!


4 posted on 06/26/2008 4:15:45 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: jazusamo

Reporting success in Iraq might cost the Establishment Press’ Party the election.

Pray for W and Our Troops


5 posted on 06/26/2008 4:17:35 PM PDT by bray (Drill Congress!!!)
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To: quadrant

Exactly, and it was evident at the time. The way he and McNamara micro managed the war was pathetic.

Of course after our victory with Tet, Cronkite and his ilk convinced a large portion of our people it was a disaster for us.


6 posted on 06/26/2008 4:19:54 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: bray

Bump to that!


7 posted on 06/26/2008 4:21:27 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: jazusamo
...Walter Cronkite, just back from Vietnam, broadcast on CBS News that we were heading "closer to the brink of cosmic disaster" ...

If Walter Cronkite had been reporting in January of 1945, after the German Ardennes Winter Offensive, he would have been wailing "We have been misled! The Germans are nowhere near defeated! They are as strong as they were in the Summer of 1940! The war is lost!".

8 posted on 06/26/2008 4:27:46 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring
It would have been about the same if Cronkite were in Paris in August 1944. “American troops risk costly ambush by liberating Paris!”
9 posted on 06/26/2008 4:52:49 PM PDT by oyez (Justa' another high minded lowlife.)
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To: DuncanWaring

I’m sure you’re right, he gets a bloody nose and throws in the towel. Sheesh!


10 posted on 06/26/2008 4:59:30 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.org | DefendOurTroops.org)
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To: Abigail Adams; AIC; airborne; AirForceBrat23; Alamo-Girl; ALOHA RONNIE; angelsonmyside; AnnaZ; ...
this weekend the U.S. military is transferring control of security in Al Anbar Province — the country's largest — to Iraqi forces.

Ping for fabulous news!

P.S. JustAmy and I sent out care packages this week, but haven't posted them yet.

11 posted on 06/26/2008 5:07:45 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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To: patriciaruth

It was three years ago to the day when I arrived in theater, and spent a year in that forsaken place.

It always amazes me how things have transformed.

Thank you, Pat, for all you and yours did for me and mine.


12 posted on 06/26/2008 5:12:33 PM PDT by Old Sarge (CTHULHU '08 - I won't settle for a lesser evil any longer!)
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To: jazusamo

Thank you! Love it!


13 posted on 06/26/2008 6:06:26 PM PDT by terilyn
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To: jazusamo; SunkenCiv; Ernest_at_the_Beach

“General Kelly went on to observe that U.S. forces in the region [Anbar]could be reduced and “move into an over-watch posture, away from population centers.”

great news.

Traitorous media that the best we can hope for when we are winning is that they keep their mouths shut.


14 posted on 06/26/2008 6:42:48 PM PDT by dervish (Obama's "change" - Wright, Church, Johnson, Jerusalem, Public Finance, and counting)
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To: quadrant
Instead of pulling out LBJ should have ordered a “surge.”
The man simply lacked the stomach to be a war leader, a fault which
thankfully our current president do not have.


IIRC, it was said that LBJ had nightmares about a Soviet freighter
being struck by a bomb from one of our planes.

The guy could bully other legislators, but that "courage"
sure didn't translate to being a war-time president.
15 posted on 06/26/2008 6:44:39 PM PDT by VOA
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To: patriciaruth

We have the best military in the world and the worst people representing us in DC.


16 posted on 06/26/2008 7:32:11 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: patriciaruth

Thanks for the ping!


17 posted on 06/26/2008 9:07:27 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: dervish; Tennessean4Bush; 2ndDivisionVet; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks dervish.


18 posted on 06/26/2008 10:19:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: Always Independent

Demons?


19 posted on 06/27/2008 1:42:58 PM PDT by quadrant
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To: jazusamo

LBJ thought his job was to finish “the work FDR began”; Johnson never understood as did JFK that a president should not spend his time wondering about the minimum wage.


20 posted on 06/27/2008 1:44:57 PM PDT by quadrant
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To: VOA
No doubt LBJ was a bully, who when confronted with someone he couldn't intimidate (Ho Chi Minh) backed down.
21 posted on 06/27/2008 1:47:42 PM PDT by quadrant
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To: Old Sarge

I am so grateful that the Iraqis wised up in time to see to it that your efforts and the sacrifices of all our military did not go in vain. Whatever happens to the state of Iraq, I think this province through their tribal leaders will continue to keep al Qaida at bay there. Please, dear Lord!

Also they are freed of the vicious rule of Saddam and have learned something about citizens stepping up with their leaders to take control of their destinies. All in all good may be coming out of the rubble of Ramadi.


22 posted on 06/27/2008 7:25:53 PM PDT by patriciaruth (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1993905/posts)
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