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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Democrats AND al-Sadr Scared of Surge

When the President announced his new strategy for Iraq which included 21,000 troops two things happened simultaneously.

The Democrats went nuts declaring they would stop the "surge, completely ignoring the other key aspects of the strategy and the terrorists ran and hid.

Today we see that House Democrats' New Strategy: Force Slow End to War, in the most cowardly way they can possibly legally use, just as we see al-Sadr, leader of the Mahdi Army, run to Iran to hide.

Top House Democrats, working in concert with anti-war groups, have decided against using congressional power to force a quick end to U.S. involvement in Iraq, and instead will pursue a slow-bleed strategy designed to gradually limit the administration's options.

Led by Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., and supported by several well-funded anti-war groups, the coalition's goal is to limit or sharply reduce the number of U.S. troops available for the Iraq conflict, rather than to openly cut off funding for the war itself.

The only people that will be slowly bleeding will be our soldiers in Iraq, which will effectively now be on the Democrats heads.

Here is another very interesting and telling little tidbit from the above linked article:

Murtha's proposal, which has been kept under tight wraps, is likely to pass the House next month or in early April as part of the supplemental spending bill, Democratic insiders said, if the language remains tightly focused and does not threaten funding levels for combat forces already in the field. The battle will then shift to the Senate. Anti-war groups like Mazzie's are prepared to spend at least $6.5 million on a TV ad campaign and at least $2 million more on a grass-roots lobbying effort. Vulnerable GOP incumbents like Sens. Norm Coleman of Minnestoa, Susan Collins of Maine, Gordon Smith of Oregon and John Sununu of New Hampshire will be targeted by the anti-war organizations, according to Mazzie and former Rep. Tom Andrews, D-Maine, head of the Win Without War Coalition.

It seems that the terrorists are not the only ones that use our media and televisions to further their agenda, but the Democrats are learning their lessons well from the terror organizations about how our media can be used against our own toops.

Now, in my piece "And They Said It Wouldn't Work.....NewsFlash", and part 2 of that post, I actually encouraged the Democrats and even some Republicans to get their votes in QUICK, because now that we are seeing definite undeniable progress in Iraq, it will come in handy to know who exactly voted for defeat and who stood up and declared "we can and will succeed".

I once again, encourage congress to get their votes in and that we may use those votes to show how they wanted to retreat in defeat even as visible progress is being made.

The Iraqi government on Tuesday ordered tens of thousands of Baghdad residents to leave homes they are occupying illegally, in a surprising and highly challenging effort to reverse the tide of sectarian cleansing that has left the capital bloodied and Balkanized

In a televised speech, Lt. Gen. Aboud Qanbar, who is leading the new crackdown, also announced the closing of Iraq’s borders with Iran and Syria, an extension of the curfew in Baghdad by an hour, and the setup of new checkpoints run by the Defense and Interior Ministries, both of which General Qanbar said he now controlled.

He said the government would break into homes and cars it deemed dangerous, open mail and eavesdrop on phone calls.

General Qanbar did not mention the role American forces would play in the crackdown, but his remarks were clearly timed to coincide with more aggressive efforts by American troops on the streets of Baghdad. The Americans have been establishing outposts — called joint security stations — to work alongside the Iraqi Army and police to end the sectarian bloodletting.

al-Qaeda retreats, al-Sadr run and hides,the Democrats scramble to stop this progress, al-Maliki gets tough, all in a coordinated effort with our military and coalition forces that are implementing the presidents new strategy.

More successes happening in Iraq are shown here.

In BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces detained 27 suspected terrorists during a series of coordinated raids targeting the al-Qaeda in Iraq network Wednesday morning.

During a series of raids in Ramadi, Coalition Forces detained 20 suspected terrorists with alleged ties to the al-Qaeda in Iraq networks. Ground forces seized computers and electronic equipment during the operations.

In Baghdad, Coalition Forces detained four suspected terrorists and detained three more suspects in Karmah, all with alleged ties to the al Qaeda in Iraq network.

Coalition Forces continue methodical, deliberate efforts to eliminate terrorism in Iraq.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed an estimated 15 terrorists and prevented two improvised explosive devices from being emplaced during operations in Arab Jabour Wednesday morning targeting al-Qaida terrorists and an associated VBIED/IED network.

Based on intelligence reports, this network is responsible for a large and devastating number of VBIED attacks in the Baghdad area.

While conducting operations in the area, Coalition Forces received enemy contact on the ground and from a fortified building in the area. Determining the targets too hostile for ground troops, Coalition Forces called for close air support. Fixed wing aircraft used precision fires to destroy the building.

MOSUL, Iraq - Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division and A Co., 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, raided several buildings in northeast Mosul on Feb. 9 in response to intelligence received about a possible weapons cache.

2-7 Cavalry Soldiers arrived on site and began receiving small-arms fire from the upper floor of an adjacent mosque. They managed to suppress the fire while the IA soldiers investigated. No additional fire was reported and the 2-7 troops continued their mission.

10 suspects were detained in the southern compound, five of which tested positive for explosive residue. Millions of Dinar, worth thousands of dollars in U.S. currency, was also found in an underground storage room along with over 400 fake identification cards.

One suspect was detained in the northern compound, and a tunnel gave way to the discovered cache of ordnance and weapons:

* approximately 250,000 rounds of small-arms ammunition
* grenade fuses
* dozens of rockets
* 100 grenades
* over 200 mortar rounds
* more than a dozen rocket launchers
* approximately 100 pounds of IED-making material
* more than a dozen small arms

Just a small sample of the good news coming from Iraq so we can easily understand why the terrorists are petrified of this new strategy and are scrambling, because it is working far better and faster than most of us thought it would, but why are the Democrats so scared of the successes being seen?

Only one reason comes to my mind.... 2008 elections.

Amy Proctor asks:

Will Democrats continue to stick by their assertion that the troop surge was the wrong tactical move?

My answer to her is this: YES, not only will they keep insisting that, but they are going to do everything in their power to turn these successes around and make it impossible to continue to see progress.

Right Truth has a hysterical must see picture with a wonderful post on this issue.

I think with the more good news that comes out of Iraq, the harder the Democrats and even some Republicans, will fight to turn this around because NOW their voices are out there, caught on tape and in print to be used forever against them, should we continue to see success in Iraq.

At this point, the only way the they can get out of the hole they have dug for themsleves is for America to lose.

So, as unappetizing at it may be for some of them, they must side with al-Sadr and al-Qaeda on this issue because they have already exposed themselves publicly in a way they will not be able to retreat from.

The kicker?

We are already seeing success and in the time it takes congress to vote on symbolic non binding resolutions, then to carry their plan for defeat further, the successes will be plastered all over the world..... how the hell are they going to manage to backtrack then?

They won't and in there lies the ultimate irony.

By refusing to consider success as an option, they have backed themselves into a corner, where defeat in Iraq is the only way for THEM to declare victory.

Oh what a tangled web we weave........

Others discussing this:
Hot Air, Strata-Sphere, Bill's Bites, QandO, Power Line, Blue Crab Boulevard, Right Wing Nut House, Captain's Quarters, Confederate Yankee, Flopping Aces.

More discussion can be found from both sides of the aisle here and here at memeorandum.