Evidently winning isnt noteworthy....

Winning Isn't News By INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Monday, July 07, 2008 4:20 PM PT Iraq: What would happen if the
U.S. won a war but the media didn't tell the American public? Apparently, we have to rely on a British newspaper for the news that we've defeated the last remnants of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
London's Sunday Times called it 'the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror.' A terrorist force that once numbered more than 12,000, with strongholds in the west and central regions of Iraq, has over two years been reduced to a mere 1,200 fighters, backed against the wall in the northern city of Mosul. The destruction of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) is one of the most unlikely and unforeseen events in the long history of American warfare. We can thank President Bush's surge strategy, in which he bucked both Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington by increasing our forces there instead of surrendering. We can also thank the leadership of the new general he placed in charge there, David Petraeus, who may be the foremost expert in the world on counter-insurgency warfare. And we can thank those serving in our military in Iraq who engaged local Iraqi tribal leaders and convinced them America was their friend and AQI their enemy. Al-Qaeda's loss of the hearts and minds of ordinary Iraqis began in Anbar Province, which had been written off as a basket case, and spread out from there
. Now, in Operation Lion's Roar the Iraqi army and the U.S. 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment is destroying the fraction of terrorists who are left. More than 1,000 AQI operatives have already been apprehended. Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin, traveling with Iraqi forces in Mosul, found little AQI presence even in bullet-ridden residential areas that were once insurgency strongholds, and reported that the terrorists have lost control of its Mosul urban base, with what is left of the organization having fled south into the countryside. Meanwhile, the State Department reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government has achieved 'satisfactory' progress on 15 of the 18 political benchmarks - a big change for the better from a year ago.
Things are going so well that Maliki has even for the first time floated the idea of a timetable for withdrawal of American forces. He did so while visiting the United Arab Emirates, which over the weekend announced that it was forgiving almost $7 billion of debt owed by Baghdad - an impressive vote of confidence from a fellow Arab state in the future of a free Iraq.
But where are the headlines and the front-page stories about all this good news? As the Media Research Center pointed out last week, 'the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 were silent Tuesday night about the benchmarks' that signaled political progress. The war in Iraq has been turned around 180 degrees both militarily and politically because the president stuck to his guns. Yet apart from IBD, Fox News Channel and parts of the foreign press, the media don't seem to consider this historic event a big story. (c) Copyright 2008 Investor's Business Daily.
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Maybe the "destruction" of al Qaeda in Iraq isn't such big news is because it's not. All the experts have said that Al Qaeda in Iraq never amounted to even 5% of the insurgency. So even if it was completely eliminated 95% of the insurgents would still remain. Only if you make Al Qaeda a much bigger deal than it actually is would it's reduction in numbers mean anything of consequence.
In addition, simply eliminating Al Qaeda doesn't really diminish the insurgency. The US military has armed 90 thousand Sunnis in Al Anbar province. These are the same people who in the past worked with Al Qaeda to attack Americans. Now they call them CLCs or "concerned local citizens". Yeah, they're concerned all right, and now they are 90 thousand strong, armed and trained by the US military. So when the US military reduces it's strength in Iraq they will be combat ready to take on the Shia in the south to regain control of the country. Yep, the place is still a mess and isn't anywhere near the paradise that the Bush lovers are trying to make it out to be. All the surge has accomplished is to put a lid on the pressure cooker. The minute you take them away the place goes to hell in a handbasket; and one year of increased troops doesn't end a war that has gone on since 2003. The truth is the "war" is going to go on as long as the US has its army in Iraq. There will be ups and downs but a win is not in the cards. At least not a win as described by the right wing, notice that no one mentions an American style democracy in Iraq anymore. But that doesn't stop the Bush lovers from claiming one anyway. But what can one expect? They're desperate.
Hawke
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There's still that one guy and he's got one full magazine. We had better hurry up and surrender before he gets bored and finds a job. If the terrorists quit, who's going to fund the Democratic party?
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Gunner wrote:

Sorry, fantasy is neither noteworthy, nor news.
Dan
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Does that mean that we can bring the troops home now?
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On Thu, 17 Jul 2008 11:31:35 -0700, Gunner
Gunner,
You really need to refrain from posting this kind of thing.
Bob, Winston, TMT and the rest of the Bob's react to this kind of news like a vampire reacts to Holy Water.
So please stop upsetting the women and children?
Thank you for your support. :)
Cordially,
Li RM
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