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November 02, 2007

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By The Way, Anybody Happen To Mention The War Lately? Of Course Not, We're WINNING!!!

Here are a few *snips* and links of some really good stories I saw this week about all the Progress being made in Iraq. Since The MSM Wont Tell You, I Will :-)

Only ABC Reports Military's Stats on
Violence Plunging in Iraq

Lt. General Raymond Ordierno on Thursday reported significant progress in reduced violence in Iraq, but of the broadcast network evening newscasts only ABC's World News bothered to cover the positive trend as anchor Charles Gibson introduced a full story on how "military officials gave one of the most upbeat assessments of the security situation in Iraq that we have heard since the opening months of the war." The CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly skipped the positive trend, but CBS had time for a story on the investigation of the September shooting of civilians by Blackwater and NBC aired a piece on Hillary Clinton "playing the gender card." The Washington Post and New York Times on Friday also made very different news judgments on the importance of the positive direction as the Post put the news on its front page while the Times hid it in a story, on an inside page, about Iran's role in Iraq.

Media Research Center

IRAQ: Casualties Lower 5 Months Straight.

Kevin McCullough, TownHall

Turning Point For America In Iraq

The United States is winning the war in Iraq with the objectives of President Bush’s military surge this year “largely being met”, General David Petraeus told Congress yesterday.

Speaking ahead of a desperate White House attempt this week to secure extra time for the strategy before the patience of the American public runs out, the US military commander in Iraq declared that uneven but substantial progress had been made this year.

He said that Iraqi forces were now able to “shoulder more of the load” and al-Qaeda had been thrown “off-balance”, particularly in Anbar province.

Citing US military figures that are disputed by some independent studies, he claimed that the overall level of violence and killing had fallen dramatically since the surge began. General Petraeus paid tribute to advice provided by British commanders on counter-insurgency tactics that were pioneered in Northern Ireland.


Editorial Page In Denial Over Good News In Iraq

"The news out of Iraq just keeps getting worse," the lead editorial blares. Does that "news" include the 70% reported drop in violence since the end of June?

The Times, in denial over good news out of Iraq. Even the anti-war newswire Reuters has seen some light of late:

"Violence in Iraq has dropped by 70 percent since the end of June, when U.S. forces completed their build-up of 30,000 extra troops to stabilize the war-torn country, the Interior Ministry said on Monday."

Only the Times remains oblivious. Here's the lede to Tuesday's lead editorial, "Even Closer to the Brink," keyed to reports that Kurd guerillas are killing Turkish soldiers, with Turkey threatening to send troops into Iraq to counterattack.

"The news out of Iraq just keeps getting worse."

Putting aside the 70% drop in deaths, of course.



Hat Tip To Sparks From The Anvil For the Photos

Violence In Iraq Drops Sharply: Ministry

Violence in Iraq has dropped by 70 percent since the end of June, when U.S. forces completed their build-up of 30,000 extra troops to stabilize the war-torn country, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

The ministry released the new figures as bomb blasts in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul killed five people and six gunmen died in clashes with police in the holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala south of the Iraqi capital.

Washington began dispatching reinforcements to Iraq in February to try to buy Iraq's feuding political leaders time to reach a political accommodation to end violence between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunni Arabs that has killed tens of thousands and forced millions from their homes.

While the leaders have failed to agree on key laws aimed at reconciling the country's warring sects, the troop buildup has succeeded in quelling violence.

Under the plan, U.S. troops left their large bases and set up combat outposts in neighborhoods while launching a series of summer offensives against Sunni Islamist al Qaeda, other Sunni Arab militants and Shi'ite militias in the Baghdad beltway.


Bush: Iraqis Are 'Taking Back' Iraq

President Bush said Friday that U.S. military deaths have fallen to their lowest levels in 19 months and the Iraqi people are slowly "taking back their country" amid the American troop build up there.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony for new soldiers at Fort Jackson, Bush said that parts of Iraq continue to be violent and that terrorists remain determined.

"But what they have learned about the United States of America is that we are more determined," Bush said. "We are more determined to protect ourselves and to help people realize the blessings of freedom."

Bush said corruption remains a problem and unemployment remains high, but that Iraqi forces have now assumed responsibility in security in eight of Iraq's 18 provinces.

"With our help, the Iraqi people are going on the offense against the enemy. They're confronting the terrorists and they're are taking their country back."

Before he spoke, he took a tour of the school's "fit-to-win course," which requires recruits to negotiate up to twenty obstacles. He addressed about 180 soldiers at the site deep in the piney woods, telling them he was proud of their efforts and that they would help secure a peaceful future for America.

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We are WINNING this front in the War On Terror in Iraq and it's barely getting mentioned anywhere. Why am I not surprised? I guess it's up to us to Update everyone on what progress is being made in Iraq. What a Magnificent bunch of Soldiers we have. WAY TO GO TROOPS!!!!

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Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Sorry about the squiggly line thingy but I am getting spammed in my archives.

November 02, 2007 12:01 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

were winning!..beautiful post Marie..yay!!!

November 02, 2007 2:17 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Excellent post!! I'm putting this in my stash for the radio show on Monday.

November 02, 2007 9:54 PM  
Blogger Red S Tater said...

great one Marie... way to dig those out of the pile the media uses to hide this great stuff.

(i had to go to comment moderation for the same reason)

If you want to see the data and numbers crunched and broken down on how the war is going... I've got it over at my place or go to the ultimate analysis on the data...
(imho) Engram at Back Talk blog.

Great work Marie... keep it up, we all LOVE to see this stuff and the rest of America NEEDS to see this.

November 03, 2007 2:04 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I'm hesitant to be "overly" jubilant, as we could all end up with egg on our faces at a moment's downturn; but the positive momentum is undeniable and palpable.

November 03, 2007 8:27 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

AP, via
In a dramatic turnaround, more than 3,000 Iraqi families driven out of their Baghdad neighborhoods have returned to their homes in the past three months as sectarian violence has dropped, the government said Saturday.

November 03, 2007 11:07 PM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Amazing how it falls off the political and media radar when things are good and how it dominates when it is bad.

But NOOOOOO there is no media bias!

November 04, 2007 8:18 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Every single one of us knows that if there was a Democrat in the White House the MSM would be broadcasting our progress from the rooftops!

Oh.. wait! My bad! If there was a Democrat in the WH he/she would be sitting around with head in the sand pretending there was no threat and all was hunky-dory in their make believe world. *sigh* We've got to keep them out in 08!

Almost forgot. Thanks for the good news post, Marie. Excellent! :)

November 04, 2007 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Joanne said...

White House Selectively Edits ABC Iraq Report: Deletes Criticisms Before Sending To Reporters

On ABC World News with Charles Gibson last night, ABC National Security Correspondent Jonathan Karl filed a report about the recent decline in American troop casualties in Iraq. In the report, Karl noted that “violence in Iraq is down,” but added that “there has been almost no political progress on the national level”:

In fact, there’s been almost no political progress on the national level, and U.S. officials know military gains won’t mean much if the Iraqi government doesn’t get its act together, which is one reason the Pentagon doesn’t even want to use the word “winning.”

After the report aired, the White House sent the piece out in an official White House publication called “White House Iraq Update.” But, as Karl writes today, the White House edited his report before sending it out, making it look “like an unqualified declaration of success in Iraq.”

In the version sent out by the White House, all references to a lack of political progress were removed.

O’HANLON: … and it doesn’t answer the questions about political progress.

KARL: In fact, there’s been almost no political progress on the national level, and U.S. officials know military gains won’t mean much if the Iraqi government doesn’t get its act together, which is one reason the Pentagon doesn’t even want to use the word “winning.”

[To Defense Secretary] You’re not ready to say we’re winning, that the surge is working –

ROBERT GATES [Defense Secretary]: (From tape.) I think — I think that those end up being loaded words. I think we have been very successful. We need to continue being successful.

KARL: Today, Defense Secretary Gates said that the reduction in violence would not have been possible without the surge of 30,000 additional troops into Iraq, but, Charlie, those troops are going home in the coming months, raising the question of whether the violence will go up when they leave.

GIBSON: Jonathan Karl tonight reporting from the Pentagon, thanks.

Contacted by ABC, the White House admitted to editing the negative aspects of the report and acknowledged that it was “inappropriate.”

“The White House understands your concern,” White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe told ABC. “And the full text of your report will be released to the same distribution list so that recipients have a chance to see what the entire report was about.”

Yes, violence is down, but to be realistic, the Iraqis must make political gains--reconciliation, otherwise the violence will return once the US pulls back the surge troops.

November 05, 2007 7:01 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I thought so thank you :-)


A Monday Radio Show! I probably already missed the darn thing but I will be over to check it out in a few :-)

Red Stater,

Well I have commentors on here that arent part of blogger so I cant use Comment Moderation or No Anonymous Comments or whatever, I know who this is already it's a bunch of Ron Paul supporters!

They will get board eventually and I can take it off soon.

November 05, 2007 9:53 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I bet I missed alot of small articles, thank's for posting that :-)


Nope, No Media bias here pfft


Haha or both

November 05, 2007 9:57 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


The Pentagon wont use the word "Winning" because they alway's look at the worst case scenerio until thier objectives have been met. The Dept. Of Defense always looks at these situations gloomy until there is no other alternative.

But there is really no ignoring it now.

And the political front is moving (Slowly) but it's moving.

Joanne we are going to make sure we do this right so we dont have to go back again.

November 05, 2007 10:11 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


Also the Iraqi Parliment has passed more legislation than the Democrat Congress has :-)

November 05, 2007 10:40 AM  
Blogger Concerned Citizen said...

Marie, good lord what are you doing? You know you are not allowed to talk about the successes in Iraq. Did you not get the memo? The war is lost. We have to surrender and get out now. No blood for oil.

Or some other BS or another. Of course you will not see this on any network other than FOX maybe. They have been citing how Bush said the real test for the surge would come in November and here we are... November is here and violence is down, casualties are down, Congress's approval rating is down... Oh, sorry, not the point here.


November 05, 2007 12:35 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Haha CC,

I dont know what came over me :-)

November 05, 2007 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Joanne said...


I want this to work out, too. I now have a close relative who may be there in a few months.

Let's hope for the best.

November 05, 2007 1:56 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I'll go ya one better, I think Victory is truly at hand :-)

My son made a joke the other day about what's taking so long with the Political process, he said they all get out thier mats and pray 5 times a day, that's what's holding things up, I laughed.

Then I got to thinking if maybe he wasnt right! I mean he's been there, I havent.

We may just have to give these people a little more time politically.

But Political accomplishments will never take place if the Country isnt Militarily stable. And we are truly on the road to that this time.

I have a confidence about me that I havent felt before, if any of this is any comfort to you.

And you tell that relative of yours I am praying for him :-)

November 05, 2007 2:05 PM  
Blogger J_G said...

Marie, I just made a comment but it was eaten by squiggly line verification. It's pretty frustrating. It's the ronulans spammming you because you challenge their illogical ranting.

November 05, 2007 5:05 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...


I do believe that I and Wordsmith and a few others are having the same problem.

Give 'em a week or so and they will take thier computer gerenated crap off and things will go back to normal :-)

Yeah I know how quiet it was around here, and trust me I will get rid of 'em :-)

November 05, 2007 6:22 PM  

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