Iraq:Much Is Happening, Despite The Leftards And ChickenHearts.


This has been a busy news week, culminating with the Gathering of Eagles, and the parade of the ChickenHearts to the Pentagon to demand an end to the GWOT, eventhough they always say “out of Iraq.” In tribute to our young men and women serving in our all-volunteer military, our veterans and their families, and equally for the ChickenHearts, I would like to share a quote I found at Gateway Pundit.

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

John Stuart Mill
English economist & philosopher (1806 – 1873)

I only wish I could be as eloquent.

As for events in Iraq, many of you know about the three chlorine gas bombings in or near Fallujah today, but perhaps not the details, or more importantly, the reason for it, and who the targets for their acts of terrorism were.
The official Multi-National Force report is here, and it should be noted, that this is the fifth such attack since 28 Jan. Here is another report, from a news source, with slightly different details, but with one clarifying point:

The second bomber targeted a tribal leader opposed to al-Qaeda nearby when he blew up his tanker outside the man’s home, killing two people and making six ill because of exposure to the chemical.

This takes on added significance, as Al Qaida is Sunni, and they are attacking Sunni’s in Al Anbar, and not our troops or the Shiia. One must stop and consider this as a strong indication of a turning point for Al Qaida, and the battle against them. Omar at Iraq the Model has an excellent post about this topic, “One thing al-Qaeda excels at; making new enemies.”

I’ve read at least two very optimistic reports from al-Almada in the last week about purported victories of the tribes and police over al-Qaeda in Ramadi and Fallujah. I was reluctant to trust the accuracy of the reports which sited unnamed sources but now seeing the reaction of al-Qaeda suggests that the action of the tribes was so painful that al-Qaeda retaliated in the way we see today.

I had posted on this blog in January, on how things were going in Al Anbar, with numerous links to subsequent events in the comment section. Events in Al Anbar seem to indicate a major shift in the support for Al Qaida, to being against them, and the additional MNF and IA troops haven’t even begun arriving in Al Anbar, as part of Gen. Petraeus’ surge. If this continues, they won’t be needed, and could be deployed elsewhere, perhaps Diyala province, which has become troublesome.
Finally, after reviewing the above information, and how events are developing there, there is now a poll, released today, where 5,000 Iraqi’s make a clear statement. “Iraqis: life is getting better.”

MOST Iraqis believe life is better for them now than it was under Saddam Hussein, according to a British opinion poll published today.

The survey of more than 5,000 Iraqis found the majority optimistic despite their suffering in sectarian violence since the American-led invasion four years ago this week.

So for those that support our troops and their mission, our President, and the GWOT, take notice and take heart, we are achieving significant results, despite the lack of coverage from the LameStream media. For the ChickenHearts and their traiterous friends, stick this in your bong and blaze it.

See also:More Bad News For Murtha, Pelosi

32 Responses

  1. Heh. I would like to know where the people draped in yellow, their color of choice, get off on demanding anything. Why don’t they demand an end to something more reprehensible like reality t.v.?

  2. I suppose I shouldn’t have such contempt for those loathsome creatures but I do.

  3. I find the ol’yellers hysterical. We’ve been in Iraq for less than four years, the Iraqi’s believe things are getting better, there is ample evidence that it is, eventhough there are still many challenges, yet they mindlessly want the U.S. out.
    And to add to the hilarity, everytime the leftard cause of gorebal warming comes up, it freezes the toes off of their activist, or the weather cancels a hearing or subcommittee meeting on it.
    Rush is right, liberals are really very funny, as long as they don’t have any power.

  4. Go ahead Swampie, be as contemptuous as you like. They deserve at least that. They remind me of a spoiled child, any attention…even negative, is better than none.

  5. Demanding the removal from Iraq of a bunch of volunteers who signed up specifically for the WoT is absurd.

  6. I am slap worn out here, and looks like Robert D has already left. G’night, N2L, if you’re still up.

  7. G’nite my friends, had some company tonight. I’ll see ya tomorrow…..

  8. Nite y’all.
    Had to disappear for a while, to reboot.
    Later.

  9. John Stuart Mill’s philisophy was based on ‘happiness’. thus governments should cause as least misery as possible an leave people free to persue happiness.

    Now the point? Well he favoured the death penalty – saying that a murderer would be unhappy in jail for life. Better he was killed to spare him the unhappiness. So Capital Punishment is better for the murderer and better for society. Odd logic but there we are.

    Now, America has the death penalty – Mill would have approved.

    America keeps people for years and years awaiting execution – he would have disapproved.

    If you are going to execute someone do it with good manners (Churchill) and swiftly (Mill).

    On that basis Saddams hanging was very civilized (except for the taunting).

  10. Just ended up on this blog by mistake and found it very enjoyable. It is incredible that some people continue to defend something that has been proven so wrong so many times. So, here is another quote from JS Mill, this one about people like you:

    “I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it.”

    Letter to the Conservative MP, Sir John Pakington (March, 1866)

  11. We can’t do enough to spread the word of successes in Al-Anbar so thanks for this post. The Marines in MNF-W are doing a fantastic job of supporting what must be called the heroic and brave job of the Iraqi tribes that have banded together against Al Qaeda in Iraq. This is a long and dangerous struggle for them but it is their determination and unity that will be the model for building a new Iraq and enabling our successful withdrawal. And they are Sunnis, lest anyone think too simplistically about the situation in Iraq.

    I also encourage your readers to think on “the war we’re in today” by viewing this video of a reporter’s revelations about evil after spending time in Iraq. It is critical at this time for the left to compartmentalize its anger about past mistakes, pre-war intelligence and post-war planning, and recognize that the war we are in today requires victory. Why can’t they seem to be mature enough to do so? Perhaps in their morally relativist world, there’s no such thing as evil?

  12. Left Hand – should you drop by again (and I hope you do) – one is philiosophy the other a political jibe. Not of the same order.

    Like it or not MIll was in favour of the death penalty and it is far from clear that he would understand liberalism as it is proposed today. Methinks you might be guilty of anachronistic thinking.

    Incidentally I was brought up as a left wing liberal and only left the movement after 9/11 and the irresponsible liberal reaction to it.

    BTW how do you know who ‘people like me are’?
    More innuendo than substance sorry.

    Never-the-less kind regards, at least you are involved with the debate – and I am pleased you found the blog enjoyable.

  13. LH, your assertion “that some people continue to defend something that has been proven so wrong so many times,” sounds like your opinion to me.
    A clear example, or more, would be greatly appreciated, and not an opinion by some leftard pundit or Congress critter, but something substantive, like quantifiable data, which I have produced many times, and would gladly do so again for your edification.
    By every reasonable measure, the GWOT in Iraq is an ummitigated success, with the exception of political opportunist trying to derail the success, by focusing only on the challenges that have and will continue to exist.
    As for J.S. Mills, he was a very bright man, but he could never have imagined how Classical Liberalism would be so distorted by contemporary liberals. Actually, what has been accepted as a Classical Liberal, is now what one would generally consider a modern Conservative.
    As vimto, I was once a supporter of the left, but they ran me off when they reached into a pig wallow in Arkansas, and offered up what they found for President of the USA. Since 911, it has become even more evident that the Global Hirabah wants us all dead or to submit to their primitive cult beliefs. I will never submit, and if it’s a fight they want, and not peaceful coexistence, then it’s a fight they will have, and I will fully support the fighters, so we can live in peace without fear of mohammedans trying to kill us in our homes, shopping centers, schools, or offices.

  14. Thank you for the invite vimto1

    Firstly – when I say people like you I mean conservatives with a penchant for calling their political opposition names (Leftards / ChickeHearts), misquoting political thinkers and selectively using information to reaffirm their political dogmas.

    The quote used by the writer of this article was in no way correct but sentences lifted out of context and reassemble to create a message the writer wanted to express.

    This is the full quote:

    “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse. When a people are used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free choice,—is often the means of their regeneration.”

    Would JS Mill call the situation in Iraq a war for the “honest purpose of free choice” or a “war in the selfish purpose of a master?” Who knows but if you read the whole quote his full support for war might not actually be so full -hearted.

    To move on, I find it very hard to comprehend how a report about Al Qaida attacking their Sunni opposition could be seen as a sign that things are on the right track in Iraq. Prior to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein there was no Al Qaida in Iraq – absolutely none. After four years of American warfare and occupation they are strong enough to wage a war on American troops, Shias and even on critical Sunnis. That is not a good sign but a clear indication that things are going really bad.

    It seems fitting that I end this – probably wasted – injection to your otherwise backslapping ‘debate’ by informing you that the Associated Press just reported another car bomb in Baghdad. The third one today. This one “strikes Shiite district in Baghdad, killing 5 people, wounding 6.”
    You must at some point realize that while you sit in front of your computers – talking about what a great job you are doing in Iraq – ordinary people continue to die and suffer in Baghdad.

    Kind regards,
    Left handed

  15. “To move on, I find it very hard to comprehend how a report about Al Qaida attacking their Sunni opposition could be seen as a sign that things are on the right track in Iraq.”

    Al Qaeda in Iraq is becoming desperate and is surprised to find itself now under serious pressure to leave, pressure brought upon them by the very Sunnis they thought to exploit. They are employing new and more desperate tactics, because they are approaching the realization of failure. That is a signal that things are on the right track. Their new attacks on citizens will result only in a more significant backlash.

    Progress in Al-Anbar is being achieved in a different way than will happen in Baghdad due to the different political situation there. But the cooperation of the Sunni tribes in Anbar will still function as a model for other areas.

  16. Prior to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein there was no Al Qaida in Iraq – absolutely none. After four years of American warfare and occupation they are strong enough to wage a war on American troops, Shias and even on critical Sunnis. That is not a good sign but a clear indication that things are going really bad.

    Really!
    What a willful distortion of the facts. I have many links to dispute that lie, but will post two for you, should you care to read some things that so strongly contradict your belief.
    Saddam’s Terror Training Camps.
    What the documents captured from the former Iraqi regime reveal–and why they should all be made public.

    In a very real way, Saddam was the catalyst for al Qaeda.
    There are many, many more, but if you chose to read these two, perhaps the question as to why the LameStream media doesn’t report this, will germinate.
    Yes, there were car bombs in Baghdad today, yesterday, and most likely tomorrow, as well. Does your measure of success mean that all of the mufsidun will instantly get their minds right, and stop murdering innocent people? A very unrealistic standard, I would say. How about a reduction in the number of murders, sucicide attacks, and kidnappings, would you accept that as a realistic measure of success? How about a drop in violence in Baghdad by 80%?
    As to your statement that ordinary people are dieing and suffering in Baghdad, that’s true, and is the very thing we are trying to help the Iraqi government…democratically elected, BTW…put an end to. Security is the first phase, followed by economic and infrastructure improvements.
    The situation in Al Anbar is indicative of the Iraqi people taking charge, after realizing the U.S. military isn’t their enemy, and is willing to spend our treasure in blood and cash, to help them, while the mufsidun, both Al Qaida and Shiia militia, are their true enemies. There were three police stations in Ramadi in Jun 06, and fourteen in Nov 06. You can dispell that accomplishment if you chose, but is a very disengenous approach to take.
    One big difference between now and when Saddam was in charge, there are no mass graves being dug for innocent civilians or rape rooms run by the current Iraq government.

  17. It seems fitting that I end this – probably wasted – injection to your otherwise backslapping ‘debate’ by informing you that the Associated Press just reported another car bomb in Baghdad. The third one today. This one “strikes Shiite district in Baghdad, killing 5 people, wounding 6.”
    You must at some point realize that while you sit in front of your computers – talking about what a great job you are doing in Iraq – ordinary people continue to die and suffer in Baghdad.

    Well, my gracious. Did you care this passionately about the plight of the Shiias when Saddam was repressing them? Did you work tirelessly to call for the end of the genocide being perpetrated against the Kurds? Because otherwise, it looks awfully hypocritical.

  18. So,

    Firstly, Saddam Hussein was a Bathist, a ‘radical, secular Arab nationalist’ and for very long considered a friend an ally of the United States. Al Qaida on the other hand is extremist Islamic, far from a secular party, and it is certainly not a nationalist organization. They are not friends just because you happen to consider both enemies right now. I know it, the world knows it and if you stop spending all your time reading diluted right wing propaganda you probably would know it as well.

    “You can dispell (sic) that accomplishment if you chose, but is a very disengenous (sic) approach to take. One big difference between now and when Saddam was in charge, there are no mass graves being dug for innocent civilians or rape rooms run by the current Iraq government.”

    Really, just as I was writing this wire just dropped (1844 GMT)
    “Iraq: Police find 15 bodies, apparent death squad victims, in Baghdad, Mosul, Baqouba”

    Here is some more:
    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/world/stories/030507dnintbasraraid.1ce97dcc.html

    Come on guys, I can accept a lot of arguments – but to say there are no killings and raping in Iraq now is just a bit too much

  19. Heh. I’m not sure what the significance of the report of the suicide bombing is, unless it is one of the tenets of faith of Islam. There are lots of random bombings over, say, Thailand that have everything to do with Muslims and nothing to do with America.

  20. Indeed? If he were such a big ally of the United States, perhaps you would like to explain why his biggest trading partners were France, Germany, the Soviet Union and China?

  21. Dear Swampwoman

    I did care about the plight of the Kurds (and many other oppressed groups under Saddam). If the conservatives cared they would have done something about it in 1991 instead of imposing a decade of sanctions resulting in the death of hundreds of thousands of children.

    Now – in regards to your ‘statement’ about suicide bombers I’m afraid you will have to explain yourself. I’m unaware of the report you are talking about and I am certainly unaware of any suicide bombs in Thailand lately.

  22. LH, neither I or any one else said there weren’t any crimes being committed in Iraq. We don’t read diluted(sp) right wing articles, or deluded leftard articles either.
    As for the deaths of Iraqi children during the sanctions imposed after Desert Storm, if the *spit*UN*spit* had actually conducted an Oil For Food program, and not an Oil For Saddam’s Palace Building Program, and Saddam had actually cared about the Iraqi people, they wouldn’t have suffered, but he and his henchmen would have.
    You chose not to accept the info I presented in the links, fine. At least I know where you stand…ChickenHeart!

  23. Perhaps you need to re-read the paragraph. I pointed out that there are random bombings (by Muslims)against Buddhists on a frequent basis; I did not limit it to suicide bombings. Do you deny that suicide bombings are a weapon used by Muslims to terrorize?

    Actually, the conservatives wished to have Saddam dealt with permanently in 1991; not following through was a result of paying attention to the UN (you did know that, right?) How did the sanctions result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children, hmmmmm? Particularly when rampant cheating via the sanctions was going on via France, Russia, the United Nations….No, the only people that would have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of children would have been the government of Saddam Hussein.

  24. As for Thailand, the info is out there, all you have to do is look, but not on a deluded leftard site.

    3/18/07 Thailand Songkhla
    Buddhist man is shot off of his motorcycle by Muslim radicals.
    3/18/07 Thailand Songkhla
    Two Buddhist factory workers are shot to death by Islamic terrorists.
    3/17/07 Thailand Songkhla
    Muslim terrorists attack a boarding school with bullets and bombs, killing three children and injuring at least seven more.
    3/15/07 Thailand Narathiwat
    A Muslim terrorist shoots an office worker three times in the back before fleeing.
    3/14/07 Thailand Yala
    Islamists bomb a bus full of Buddhists, then shoot all of the victims at close range. Two teenage girls are among those massacred.
    3/14/07 Thailand Yala
    Radicals throw a bomb into a coffee shop, killing two innocents.
    3/14/07 Thailand Yala
    Islamists bomb a moderate mosque, killing at least one person.
    3/12/07 Thailand Pattani
    Islamists set off a bomb, injuring ten people, behead a migrant worker and shoot two more to death
    3/11/07 Thailand Yala
    Two Buddhists, a brother and sister, are murdered by radical Muslims as they are returning from their rubber plantation.
    3/11/07 Thailand Narathiwat
    A 60-year-old rubber tapper is shot to death by Islamists.
    3/10/07 Thailand Yala
    A Buddhist man and wife are brutally slain by Muslim gunmen as they are driving home from market.
    3/9/07 Thailand Narathiwat
    Islamists enter a grocery store pretending to be customers, then shoot the owner to death.
    3/7/07 Thailand Pattani
    A Buddhist man is shot to death by Islamic terrorists, who also injure his wife and a 7-year-old girl.
    3/7/07 Thailand Yala
    A 58-year-old Buddhist rubber tapper is beheaded by Muslim radicals, who then set his body on fire.

    And much, much more, at the Religion Of Peace.

  25. LH, apparently your standard for success in Iraq is zero incidents of attacks, murder, or kidnappings.
    My standard is realistic and attainable goals, with measurable progress as the proof.
    This from Gateway Pundit, taken from the Iraqi news source, Marsad Iraq, on 14 Mar 07.

    General Qasim Atta then started comparing data from 2/14/2006 to 03/14/2006 to data of incidences during operation “Rule of Law” 02/14/2007 to 03/14/2007. The following is the result of the data comparison:

    1- The decline in murders (bodies found with no ID) by 28%. The health ministry and Police comandry have confirmed these numbers.

    2- Car thefts are down 65% from 57 to 37. Twenty cars were stolen and seventeen were as a result of carjackings.

    3- Assassinations have declined 95%. From 517 to 22.

    4- Kidnappings are down 90% from 98 to 10.

    5- Bombing crimes are down 38% from 163 to 102.

    6- Car bomb crimes are down 36% from 56 to 36.

    7- Mortar attacks are down 47% from 204 to 109.

    8- Hand grenade attacks are down 70% from 10 to 3.

    9- Katusha attacks are down 35% from 23 to 15.

    10- RPG attacks are down from 6 to 2 attacks.

    11- Deaths are down 85% from 1440 to 265 and wounded are down 77% from 3192 to 781.

    12- Motorcycle bomb attacks are down 100%, 1 before and 0 now.

    13- Terrorist arrests are up from 160 to 713.

    14- Suspect’s arrests are up from 160 to 1152.

    15- Terrorist attacks are down 84% from 94 to 19 incidences.

    Hat Tip Haider Ajina
    But, don’t be surprised that democrats will not let these facts influence their decision to throw in the towel.

    If you want a Happy Meal, and you want it right now, go to McDonalds.

  26. So LH is from Amsterdam. Interesting.

  27. Hmmmmm. Seems he/she/it would be far more interested in the happenings in his/her/its own country instead of trying to tell us how to run ours.

  28. It’s good to have broad interest.
    Defending an indefensible ideology is something altogether.

  29. As the father of one who is returning this week from Iraq, I couldn’t agree with you more!

    -Smith

  30. MoR, God Bless your son and all of his family.
    Thank him for me, for his service to this great and greatful nation.

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