Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Even as the London Times, not an admirer of President Bush, headlines the fact the The leader of the Madi army is willing to lay down the arms of his 60,000 man militia. The "shecat' Speaker of the house and the two Democratic aspirants to the Oval Office show their animus toward the Iraq war in general and the Generals leading the fight. The line in the sand has been drawn. The Democrats fervently want a withdrawal and a symbolic failure in Iraq, and no amount of good news will dissuade them or their sycophant Media to let up on the attack against our effort in Iraq.
Never the less, I enclose an excerpt from the London Times that I doubt you will find in either the visual or print media. "Iraq’s largest and most dangerous militia will voluntarily disband if Shia scholars advise its leader to do so, officials said yesterday — a dramatic move that could quell much of the fighting in the war-torn country. Aides to Hojatoleslam Moqtada al-Sadr said that he would send delegations to Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a moderate religious leader in Najaf, and to senior clerics in Iran to consult on whether he should stand down his 60,000-strong al-Mahdi Army. The sudden announcement — the first time that the rebellious cleric had offered to disband his forces — came as US and Iraqi troops were poised for a key offensive into his Baghdad stronghold of Sadr City". A massive American and Iraqi security presence had ringed the area, with police and soldiers guarding every exit with many predicting a final, bloody showdown as popular support drained from al-Mahdi Army"
Speaker Pelosi had the gaul to warn them before General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker have spoken one word to the Congressional Committees. On April 4, Pelosi admonished General David Petraeus not to “ put a shine ” on developments in Iraq when he and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker testify before Congress this week. Senator Obama appears to ignore the military success and will question the progress that appears to not have been made in forming a stable government. Obama's advisers said he also intends to focus his statements and questions on the future in Iraq, such as whether the war is making Americans safer, how it has affected the military's ability to respond to threats around the world and whether Iraqis are taking responsibility for their country.
Clinton's spokesman said she expects the committee will question Petraeus and Crocker closely on the lack of political progress in Iraq, the rising influence of Iran in the region and the strain on the military caused by the large numbers of troops serving in Iraq. Both Democrats have changed their criticism from the lack of military success, including comparison of Iraq to Vietnam, now that the "surge" has produced positive results. They now attack with criticism of the "nation building" efforts in Iraq.
True Patriots, with good heads and good hearts, would cheer the results of the heroic military men and women;s success, and reserve criticism of the fledgling government until a final defeat of the forces of evil, raical Islam, has been ccomplished