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Iraq Is A Quagmire, But For Who?

Posted by Atilla89 on November 19, 2007

I’ve decided to post this because many people believe that the Iraq war is a quagmire. But for who? To me, after reading Michael Totten and Michael Yon it has become obvious that it is Al-Qaida who are the one’s who are really suffering. It is them who the ‘natives’ don’t trust, it is them who are murdering and torturing everyone who does not agree with their ideology. I find it hard to believe that many of the Democrats in the U.S. have trouble believing this. Anyway, you can read the whole article here.

We’re floundering in a quagmire in Iraq. Our strategy is flawed, and it’s too late to change it. Our resources have been squandered, our best people killed, we’re hated by the natives and our reputation around the world is circling the drain. We must withdraw.

No, I’m not channeling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. I’m channeling Osama bin Laden, for whom the war in Iraq has been a catastrophe. Al-Qaida had little presence in Iraq during the regime of Saddam Hussein. But once he was toppled, al-Qaida’s chieftains decided to make Iraq the central front in the global jihad against the Great Satan (edit: America).

Jihadis, money and weapons were poured into Iraq. All for naught. Al-Qaida has been driven from every neighbourhood in Baghdad, Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil, the U.S. commander there, said Nov. 7. This follows the expulsion of al-Qaida from two previous “capitals” of its Islamic Republic of Iraq, Ramadi and Baquba.

Al-Qaida is evacuating populated areas and is trying to establish hideouts in the Hamrin mountains in northern Iraq, with U.S. and Iraqi security forces, and former insurgent allies who have turned on them, in hot pursuit. Forty-five al-Qaida leaders were killed or captured in October alone.

Al-Qaida’s support in the Muslim world has plummeted, partly because of the terror group’s lack of success in Iraq, more because al-Qaida’s attacks have mostly killed Muslim civilians.

This is a slap in the face to those that believe the ‘evil’ American just went into Iraq to kill Muslims and take their oil. I may need to remind people what the word ‘sectarian’ means. It refers to religious denominations of the same tradition, in this case, Islam.

“Iraq has proved to be the graveyard, not just of many al-Qaida operatives, but of the organization’s reputation as a defender of Islam,” said StrategyPage.

…Richard Benedetto was for many years the White House correspondent for USA Today. Now retired, he teaches journalism at American University in Washington, D.C.

When U.S. troop deaths hit a monthly high in April, that was front-page news in most major newspapers, Mr. Benedetto noted. But when U.S. troop deaths fell in October to their lowest levels in 17 months, that news was buried on page A-14 of The Washington Post and mentioned on Page A-12 in The New York Times. (The Post-Gazette put the story on the front page.)

I love the hypocrisy that goes with most of the media, we don’t support the war, however we support the troops. However, as you have read above, it is a completely different story.

“I asked the class if burying or ignoring the story indicated an anti-war bias on the part of the editors or their papers,” Mr. Benedetto said. “While some students said yes … most attributed the decision to poor news judgement. They were being generous.”

‘Poor news judgement?’ You have to be kidding. The editors knew damn well what they were doing. They must have ‘conveniently’ forgotten that lowering deaths of Coalition forces in Iraq is a good thing!

Mr. Peters suspects the paucity of news coverage from Iraq these days is because “things are going annoyingly well.”

That’s what I believe as well.

Rich Lowry agrees. “The United States may be the only country in world history that reverse-propagandizes itself, magnifying its setbacks and ignoring its successes so that nothing can disturb what Sen. Joe Lieberman calls the ‘narrative of defeat,’ ” he wrote in National Review.

If what Mr. Peters, Mr. Benedetto and Mr. Lowry suspect is true, it must have pained The Associated Press to see a correspondent write Wednesday: “The trend toward better security is indisputable.” It’ll be interesting to see which newspapers run the AP story, and where in the paper they place it.

“We’ve won the war in the real Iraq, but few people in America are familiar with anything other than its make-believe version,” said the Mudville Gazette’s “Greyhawk,” a soldier currently serving his second tour in Iraq.

So damn true.

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