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Continued Success and Progress in Iraq

First, let’s get the depressing bullcrap out of the way. Here is what the Democrat Party thinks of the progress and success accomplished by our men and women of the United States military in Iraq:

[ … ] The president said that last year, particularly at the end, “has become incredibly successful beyond anybody’s expectations.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., took issue. “It is a failure of leadership when our president calls 2007 incredibly successful beyond anybody’s expectations when the Iraqi government has done so little to achieve stability and it has been the most lethal year yet for American troops,” they said in a statement.

But, do not forget, they ‘support the troops’ and we should never, ever question their patriotism.

Of course let us not forget what the Democrats were saying about the plan for Iraq last year:

“It’s interesting. We have had, this week, the colonel in charge of Anbar Province say that it’s a civil war; it’s been lost.”

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
September 13, 2006

“I oppose an escalation of U.S. troops, which I do not believe will contribute to long-term success in Iraq.”

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
January 18, 2007

The article referenced below outlines exactly what I’ve been saying over the past two years — “We haven’t been defeated militarily but we have been defeated politically — and that’s where wars are won and lost.”

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)
Quoting a Washington Post Article

September 11, 2006

“The violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge. The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from al-Qaida said to these tribes, ‘We have to fight al-Qaida ourselves.’ It wasn’t that the surge brought peace here.”

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
September 4, 2007

But, again, don’t you dare question their patriotism or their faith in and support of the United States military.

But anyway, now on to some analysis from people who do not have their heads shoved firmly and snugly up their effing asses…

Gateway Pundit: SURGE SUCCESS!!… Anbar Province Will Be Handed Over In March

Gateway Pundit: Iraqi Newspapers Go On Attack Against Al-Qaeda

Gateway Pundit: 64,000 Iraqis Return Home From Syria

Gateway Pundit: 3 Iraqi Heroes Sacrifice Their Lives For Fellow Soldiers & Civilians

Jules Crittenden: Fixing Potholes

Michael Yon: Moment of Truth in Iraq

[ … ] There’s only a small group of writers who honestly spend enough time in Iraq to make serious claims based on firsthand accounts. But I’ve seen the Iraqi Army with my own eyes. I’ve done many missions in 2005 and 2007, in many places in Iraq, along with the Iraqi Army: please believe me when I say that, on the whole, the Iraqi Army is remarkably better in 2007 and far more effective than it was in 2005. By 2007, the Iraqis were doing most of the fighting. And . . . this is very important . . . they see our Army and Marines as serious allies, and in many cases as friends. Please let the potential implications of that sink in.

We now have a large number of American and British officers who can pick up a phone from Washington or London and call an Iraqi officer that he knows well — an Iraqi he has fought along side of — and talk. Same with untold numbers of Sheiks and government officials, most of whom do not deserve the caricatural disdain they get most often from pundits who have never set foot in Iraq. British and American forces have a personal relationship with Iraqi leaders of many stripes. The long-term intangible implications of the betrayal of that trust through the precipitous withdrawal of our troops could be enormous, because they would be the certain first casualties of renewed violence, and selling out the Iraqis who are making an honest-go would make the Bay of Pigs sell-out seem inconsequential. The United States and Great Britain would hang their heads in shame for a century.

[ … ]

Throughout most of 2007, as I’ve watched General Petraeus’ strategy being implemented, I have observed the impact his change in strategy was having on our soldiers, on Iraqi security forces, and most importantly, on Iraqi people including some who were formerly our avowed enemies. I have seen how our own military morphed into something much more agile, and I came to see how American commanders tended to be the most trusted voices in Iraq for many Iraqis.

To be sure, the “Anbar Awakening” and other signs of progress were underway before the massive strategy overhaul occurred, and nobody can track and trace all the factors involved in this fantastically complex war, but one thing was certain: the momentum was shifting in favor of a stable Iraq for the first time. The institutional knowledge reservoir was becoming vast, and success was touted and shared. It may have been true that Americans knew very little about Iraq before the invasion, but it was for certain that American commanders had now developed an intimate understanding of the goings-on. It can be said with confidence that as a group, no non-Iraqis know more about Iraq than the US military.

Michael Totten: The Rings on Zarqawi’s Finger

For all the hatred in the Middle East, there is also forgiveness, and moderation. Where are the moderate Muslims? ask many Americans. I find the question bizarre. I meet them every day in Iraq, and everywhere else in the Middle East, too. The problem is they have a hard time getting attention in newspapers and magazines that wallow in sensationalism.

“What happened before, happened,” said Omar, returning to the discussion of the American invasion with the Iraqi Police. “One mistake was committed, but it’s gone. Let’s just close it and not keep analyzing the same problem again. According to our analysis, American troops are now here to help Iraq.”

Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Risha made similar points, a bit more eloquently, to Johns Hopkins University Professor Fouad Ajami: “Our American friends had not understood us when they came. They were proud, stubborn people and so were we. They worked with the opportunists, now they have turned to the tribes, and this is as it should be. The tribes hate religious parties and religious fakers.”

“We have promised to work with the Americans against Al Qaeda,” Ahmed continued. “And that’s it. That is all we are allowed to say about politics. But I can say that I feel the sincerity in the American support for the Iraqi civilians here. I am not going to say any bad words about Americans. I can feel that they really are eager to accomplish that mission.”

Bill Roggio: Operation Phantom Phoenix Targets al Qaeda Havens

Despite the recent success in reducing the violence in Iraq, the fight against al Qaeda in Iraq and the Shia extremist terror groups is not over. Coalition and Iraqi forces have launched Operation Phantom Phoenix, a new operation targeting the terror groups throughout Iraq.

The scope of Phantom Phoenix is nationwide. The operation is “a series of joint Iraqi and Coalition division- and brigade-level operations to pursue and neutralize remaining al-Qaeda in Iraq and other extremist elements,” Lieutenant General Ray Odierno, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq stated. “Phantom Phoenix will synchronize lethal and non-lethal effects to exploit recent security gains and disrupt terrorist support zones and enemy command and control.”

The specific geographical locations targeted during Phantom Phoenix were not identified. Iraqi and Coalition forces will “pursue al-Qaeda and other extremists wherever they attempt to take sanctuary,” Odierno said.

Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive: Blackfive TV- Surge Anniversary & Big Bombing Day

John McCain and Joe Lieberman: The Surge Worked

Rudy Giuliani: War on Terror Conversations: Rudolph Giuliani [Video]

Deebow at Blackfive: Why am I only hearing about this now?

Subsunk at Blackfive: The Finest Ambassadors

[ … ] But it is a lesson which we need not have learned over and over again over the course of the last 7 years in our endeavors to change the radical Islamic approach to coexistence (“Good Muslims rule and Infidels and Apostates die” might be the simplest way to put that).

The Finest Ambassador from America will always be a United States Soldier with a rifle in one hand and candy in the other. No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy is a philosophy which is known and understood throughout the World. Even by Islamofascists.

“While we will move swiftly and aggressively against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency, demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have endured a lifetime under Saddam’s oppression.” Got that?

Although imperfectly executed sometimes over the intervening years (as Mike Yon points out), you can plainly see that the underlying strategy involved in winning over our enemies has not changed one iota since the war began. Give a decent American soldier a chance to set the example, and the whole world will eventually beat its way towards your line of thought.

Any more talk of Defeat and Retreat merely means the Dhimmicrats and cowardly Rethuglicans of the same stripe don’t care if they undo everything the American Fighting Man has done over the last 6 years. More blood doesn’t mean a thing to them as long as they get reelected. Men will insist the War be Won and brought to an end the only way it can end. With a Victory.

Press on.

Subsunk out.

Matt Burden at Blackfive: Operations Continue…

Fred Barnes in The Weekly Standard: They Can’t Handle the Truth – The Democrats and the Surge

And finally, hear from the Man of the Year himself, GEN David Petraeus [via Steve Schippert at NRO THE TANK]: One Man Caucus: 7 Questions for Gen. Petraeus

In what is an excellent interview published at Foreign Policy, Italy’s RAI asked David Petraeus seven questions. His answers are very informative and easy for average Americans to wrap their heads around, sans often wonkish and technical counterinsurgency lingo that so often loses many right out of the gate in such discussions.

General Petraeus even somewhat dispels the title of the interview, “Seven Questions: Gen. David Petraeus on Winding down the Surge.” He notes that it is proper to be more precise and note that it is a draw down of American forces in ‘The Surge,” but that with increasing Iraqi roles, “The Surge” will continue.

Once again, I encourage you to get all your military news and analysis of military matters from MILBLOGS. Journalists, politicians, political pundits and bloggers really do not know what they are talking about when it comes to military matters. They all speak about military matters through a political or ideological anti- or pro-military bias. If you want the best objective analysis, go visit the MILBLOGS.

January 10, 2008 , 10:45PM Posted by | al Qaeda, Democrats, General David Petraeus, Iraq, John McCain, Media Bias, Michael Yon, Military, Military Blogs, Nancy Pelosi, Rudy Giuliani, The Long War, War Effort in Iraq | 1 Comment

I am Stronger, More Driven, and Humbled All at the Same Time

The words of LTC Jim Crider, the commander of the 1-4 CAV soldiers based at FOB Falcon whose progress reports have recently been published on Michael Yon Online, in a letter to Michael Yon: A Thank You Letter

An exerpt:

Some time ago, I ran into an old high school friend who asked me if I was still in the Army. After I said yes, he slowly shook his head and asked me how much longer I had to go before I could get out. I am sure that in his mind it is like I am serving a prison sentence counting the days before my release. The truth is that I do not want sympathy. I not only enjoy Army life, I count it a privilege to serve. I frequently receive heart-felt thanks from people I do not even know for serving in the Armed Forces and I appreciate it. Cards, letters, emails and even a standing ovation as I traversed through the Dallas airport going home on leave from Iraq recently. However, I have been feeling lately like I should thank the American people for the honor of fighting for and representing the United States of America.

[ … ]

The experience of war changes people. For some it is a negative change but most manage to absorb the experience and use it to make themselves stronger. I have said goodbye to a mortally wounded soldier in the hospital, spoken to grieving family members of our casualties, and tried to comfort soldiers who just lost their best friend in a single violent moment. I have been under fire, looked insurgents in the eye, and seen corruption up close. I have also seen people emerge from oppression and live with hope for the first time in years. I have seen children reach up and grasp the hands of American soldiers just because they trust them. I have felt the desire to help and then been given the resources to do it. Finally, I have felt the close knit camaraderie that develops when you serve with a group of people fighting for a cause larger than self. Yes, this experience has changed me. I am stronger, more driven, and humbled all at the same time.

Thank you, America.

Please read it all and pass it on to others.

December 27, 2007 , 5:58AM Posted by | Michael Yon, Military, Patriotism, US Army, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on I am Stronger, More Driven, and Humbled All at the Same Time

Al Qaeda, Unless They Find a Way to Escape, are About to be Slaughtered

Via embedded milblogger Michael Yon, who is in the middle of the most intense combat operation of the war effort in Iraq to date: Operation Arrowhead Ripper: Day 1

The first day of operation Arrowhead Ripper was intense. The Army is giving full access to the battlefield, and while on base full access to the TOC (HQ) which means I see the raw truth on the ground, and as it feeds through the TOC. They are hiding nothing. Or if they are, it’s in plain view. (Special operations notwithstanding.) A reporter can see as much as he or she can stand.

Civilian casualties are occurring, despite much discretion being used on the firing. I saw three MLRS rockets hit targets downtown today (June 20) and more were fired. Watched the video feed from the TOC as some of them hit. The targeting was perfect. Our guys had cleared out the civilians, but the enemy starts shootouts using civilians as cover. American officers are trying to account for civilian casualties; media is asking and command is still unable to answer, which of course looks like a cover-up. From what I see on the ground, there is no cover-up. The number is unknown but certainly there must be some.

Michael Gordon is a NYT reporter who is in the battle. Gordon will be an important resource. The commanders take a break from fighting each day to have meetings with each other, and Iraqi officers, and he comes off the battlefield with one of the commanders to the briefings. I saw Gordon today, his shirt stained white from sweat. Gordon and I were at a commander briefing when one of the battalion commanders, LTC Smiley, talked about how his soldiers shot some terrorists today (June 20); on different occasions today, women and children came out and “gave aid” to the wounded terrorists. My guess is that the number of civilian casualties is not high. Gordon has been running with other soldiers, so it will be important to hear his accounts. From what I’ve read so far, Gordon has been very accurate and on target.

By the end of the first day (June 19), about 30 enemy had been killed, 1 U.S. killed and 5 WIA. At least two soldiers were heat casualties, including one who was with my group.

The combat has only just begun, and media has now figured out this is serious business. During the morning brief (June 20th), Major Robbie Parke mentioned that CNN, TIME, Reuters and some others, are trying to get out here now. Problem is space. Looks like Gordon and I are mostly alone for now. Others are said to be in Baqubah, but if they are here, they are missing some of the most important parts, and if they were at the important commander’s meetings, I would have seen them.

The heat is intense for the enemy and for us. Soldiers, during any chance, would lay-down during the heat of day, and in complete body armor and helmets, fall asleep in the dirt. I took photos of course. Our guys are tough. The enemy in Baqubah is as good as any in Iraq, and better than most. That’s saying a lot. But our guys have been systematically trapping them, and have foiled some big traps set for our guys. I don’t want to say much more about that, but our guys are seriously outsmarting them. Big fights are ahead and we will take serious losses probably, but al Qaeda, unless they find a way to escape, are about to be slaughtered. Nobody is dropping leaflets asking them to surrender. Our guys want to kill them, and that’s the plan.

A positive indicator on the 19th and the 20th is that most local people apparently are happy that al Qaeda is being trapped and killed. Civilians are pointing out IEDs and enemy fighters, so that’s not working so well for al Qaeda. Clearly, I cannot do a census, but that says something about the locals.

Much going on here in Baqubah. Unfortunately I have no assistant with me, and so no time for photos or video.

More soon.

Read it all and pass it on to all your friends, including the leftists. Do NOT allow the Left to lie about this operation and paint it as a failure and spin it incorrectly (I already have read some blogs from Leftists here on MySpace who are doing just that, including one who says she is a big supporter of the troops… uh huh). Get the FACTS out there about our success and progress. Direct them to Michael Yon’s website to keep up with the updates. And please donate anything you can to Mr. Yon so that he may continue his excellent dispatches from the battlefield and bring us the facts and perspective that the MSM, the Left and our politicians fail to do.

UPDATE 06/21/2007 at 11:50 EDT: You want to know much, much more, from the mouths of the soldiers, about what is going on in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere? Then be sure to read Mrs. Greyhawk’s DAWN PATROL, which is where I found the link to today’s Michael Yon post about Operation Arrowhead Ripper. And go back every day to read further updates. She does an absolutely amazing job rounding up commentary from milbloggers all over the military engaged in the war effort. She is a daily must-read.

June 21, 2007 , 4:03PM Posted by | Embed Bloggers, Iraq, Islam, Jihad, Michael Yon, Military, Muslims, Terrorism, US Army, US Marines, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on Al Qaeda, Unless They Find a Way to Escape, are About to be Slaughtered

Operation Arrowhead Ripper, the Offensive is Massive

I previously posted about the start of the surge-offensive/major combat operation in Iraq:

The Most Widespread Combat Operations Since the End of the Ground War are Now Unfolding

Major Combat Operations Now Underway in Iraq: Be Not Afraid

Bill Roggio at The Fourth Rail has more details: The Battle of Baqubah II
Be sure to read it all and to make sure to click on all the links to get proper perspective and background. This looks to be the most intense, most dangerous and most deadly combat operations of the war effort to date. The terrorists are now experiencing the full wrath and power of the Coalition and Iraqi military forces.

Major offensive in al Qaeda’s so-called capital of the Islamic State of Iraq
The Diyala Campaign is underway. As part of major offensive operations throughout the belts regions of Baghdad, Iraqi and U.S. forces have launched a large scale operation in the city of Baqubah, the provincial capital of Diyala. Dubbed Operation Arrowhead Ripper, the offensive is massive. This is a division sized operation of “approximately 10,000 Soldiers, with a full complement of attack helicopters, close air support, Strykers and Bradley Fighting Vehicles.” Over 30 al Qaeda operatives have been killed since the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division kicked off the operation with a “quick-strike nighttime air assault.”

Elements of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, are operating in Baqubah, along with the 2nd Brigade of the 5th Iraqi Army Division. American forces are in the lead of the assault, with the Iraqi Army in support. The 2-5 Iraqi Army Brigade killed four al Qaeda after receiving sniper fire, and captured 2 others.

The New York Times, which incorrectly reported the operation as consisting of 2,000 U.S. troops, reported that the western portion of the city of Baqubah has been sealed off with ground and air units as troops pursue the 300 to 500 Qaeda believed to be operating in the area.

The 1920 Revolution Brigades, which turned on al Qaeda in Diyala and cleared the city of Buhriz with U.S. assistance, is actively working along side Iraqi Army units in Baqubah. “The Iraqi forces were joined by some members of the 1920s Revolutionary Brigade, a Sunni Arab group with units that have recently repudiated a longstanding alliance with Al Qaeda, and witnesses said the two groups were welcomed by the residents,” note the Times.
Back in May, we noted Diyala has become the main hub of al Qaeda’s operations. Al Qaeda in Iraq made Baqubah the capital of its rump Islamic State of Iraq last year. Since the inception of the Baghdad Security Plan in mid-February, the security situation, which was deteriorating after U.S. forces pulled back last fall, has markedly worsened. Al Qaeda has prepared fighting positions, supply bases, IED traps, bomb rigged buildings, and training camps in the province.

Over 2,000 hardened al Qaeda fighters fled Baghdad and are operating in Diyala. An American intelligence official and a U.S. military officer informed us that al Qaeda is operating along the lines of Hezbollah’s military structure in Lebanon. Al Qaeda attacks in the region proved this, as a series of assaults along the Iranian border and elsewhere in the province bore the hallmark of a well led, well trained fighting unit.
The fighting in Diyala will be hard. Al Qaeda is organized in small military units with infantry, mortars, anti-tank and anti-aircraft teams, as well as suicide and IED cells and the accompanying logistical nodes. Al Qaeda has been conducting a terror campaign to remove tribal leaders and others who oppose them, while waging a campaign of intimidation designed to cow the local population.

The Diyala Campaign has been a long time coming. The 10,000 U.S. troops and supporting Iraqi units won’t sit pat in Baqubah, but will reach out to strike at other al Qaeda bases in the troubled province. These areas include Khalis, Muqdadiyah and a host of small towns up and down the Diyala River Valley and along the Iranian border where al Qaeda has established bases, training camps and logistical nodes.

June 21, 2007 , 3:59PM Posted by | Embed Bloggers, Iraq, Islam, Jihad, Michael Yon, Military, Muslims, Terrorism, US Army, US Marines, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on Operation Arrowhead Ripper, the Offensive is Massive

The Most Widespread Combat Operations Since the End of the Ground War are Now Unfolding

I posted previously about the beginning of massive combat operations in Iraq today, as reported by Michael Yon, here: Major Combat Operations Now Underway in Iraq: Be Not Afraid.

I want to highlight the last part of the dispatch by Michael Yon (see below), because it hit me hard for some reason. I did not realize how desensitized to the war effort I had become until I read this last part and became overcome with emotion and worry and dread for our soldiers in Iraq. I sent out this note to my e-mail distribution list asking people to pray for our soldiers who are, to say the least, right now in harm’s way and undertaking possibly the most dangerous and intense combat operation of the war effort in Iraq:

I suggest everyone say prayers today for our soldiers who have gone into harms way. From what Mr. Yon describes, our military will experience many casualties as they are going into massive combat operations right now, and the enemy is well-prepared for them.

Semper Fi to the Marines and Godspeed to all our soldiers. May God watch over all of them in the dangerous times ahead…

A couple hours after sending this out, I received a short e-mail from Matt Burden at Blackfive directing me to his post he put up this morning: Prayer and Support for Our Troops

Many of you know that General Petraeus has announced the beginnings of combat operations in Iraq now that the surge forces are in place.

“Kinetic” doesn’t do justice to the description of what is now happening.

On Sunday, a friend of mine brought the chaplain to his area to speak to his men. There’s only one reason to “bring in” the chaplain. The @#$% is about to hit the @#$%ing fan and the leaders know it.

Here’s a note from another pal of mine in the middle of it:

Serious fight taking shape. City is surrounded. So far the plan seems to be going well. There is fighting within Baqubah. Casualties on both sides.

Matt lists some military charities to which to donate. Please go to his site and donate anything you can to the great organizations which help our men and women who sacrifice for us. Anything will help, even a dollar. Imagine… If every person in the country gave $1, these charities would have $300 Million each.

Matt adds:

Unfortunately, their help will be needed in the coming weeks and months.

A prayer for General Petraeus and our soldiers, beset by the enemy and our own oily politicians, wouldn’t hurt either.

Update: Speaking of prayers, Mike Yon has an update about his activities and how we got to this point in time in Iraq. Mike is sure to be in the middle of the fighting by now. He posts a prayer, but you should say one for him too (although, knowing him, he’d rather you direct those thoughts and prayers to the troops – send him one, anyway).

Keep them all in your prayers during this very important time in the war effort. Many, many people are in need of our prayers. There will be many casualties, including many deaths. Many families will lose their loved ones in the coming days and weeks. Many children will lose a parent. Many parents will lose a child. They all need our prayers and support to get through these trying times.

In case the intensity and seriousness of the situation going on right this minute has not hit you, take a few minutes to read this and let it sink in:

The doctor has made a decision: Al Qaeda must be excised. That means a large scale attack, and what appears to be the most widespread combat operations since the end of the ground war are now unfolding. A small part of that larger battle will be the Battle for Baquba. For those involved, it will be a very large battle, but in context, it will be only one of numerous similar battles now unfolding. Just as this sentence was written, we began dropping bombs south of Baghdad and our troops are in contact.

Northeast of Baghdad, innocent civilians are being asked to leave Baquba. More than 1,000 AQI fighters are there, with perhaps another thousand adjuncts. Baquba alone might be as intense as Operation Phantom Fury in Fallujah in late 2004. They are ready for us. Giant bombs are buried in the roads. Snipers — real snipers — have chiseled holes in walls so that they can shoot not from roofs or windows, but from deep inside buildings, where we cannot see the flash or hear the shots. They will shoot for our faces and necks. Car bombs are already assembled. Suicide vests are prepared.

The enemy will try to herd us into their traps, and likely many of us will be killed before it ends. Already, they have been blowing up bridges, apparently to restrict our movements. Entire buildings are rigged with explosives. They have rockets, mortars, and bombs hidden in places they know we are likely to cross, or places we might seek cover. They will use human shields and force people to drive bombs at us. They will use cameras and make it look like we are ravaging the city and that they are defeating us. By the time you read this, we will be inside Baquba, and we will be killing them. No secrets are spilling here.

Our jets will drop bombs and we will use rockets. Helicopters will cover us, and medevac our wounded and killed. By the time you read this, our artillery will be firing, and our tanks moving in. And Humvees. And Strykers. And other vehicles. Our people will capture key terrain and cutoff escape routes. The idea this time is not to chase al Qaeda out, but to trap and kill them head-on, or in ambushes, or while they sleep. When they are wounded, they will be unable to go to hospitals without being captured, and so their wounds will fester and they will die painfully sometimes. It will be horrible for al Qaeda. Horror and terrorism is what they sow, and tonight they will reap their harvest. They will get no rest. They can only fight and die, or run and try to get away. Nobody is asking for surrender, but if they surrender, they will be taken.

We will go in on foot and fight from house to house if needed. We will shoot rockets into their hiding spaces, and our snipers will shoot them in their heads and chests. This is where all that talk of cancer and big ideas of what should be or could be done will smash head on against the searing reality of combat.

These words flow on the eve of a great battle, but are on hold until the attack is well underway. Nothing is certain. I am here and have been all year. We are in trouble, but we have a great General. The only one, I have long believed, who can lead the way out of this morass. Iraq is not hopeless. Iraq can stand again but first it must cast off these demons. And some of the demons must be killed.

And while the battle rages, that prayer card will be in my pocket:

Be Not Afraid

You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst. You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way. You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand. You shall see the face of God and live.

Be not afraid.
I go before you always;
Come follow me, and I will give you rest.

June 21, 2007 , 3:35PM Posted by | Embed Bloggers, Iraq, Islam, Jihad, Michael Yon, Military, Muslims, Terrorism, US Army, US Marines, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on The Most Widespread Combat Operations Since the End of the Ground War are Now Unfolding