The Battle For Iraqi Hearts And Minds
There's a storm ready to converge on Washington DC. General Petraeus is due to give his report to Congress on September 11 th and both sides are posturing in pre-spin mode to maximize his words regardless of what kind of picture he paints.
Among those facing the biggest difficulty in the Post-Petraeus world is Dusty Harry. You see, he's already declared the Surge to be a failure. An admission of anything less than that by the General would make Dusty Harry look like, well, a fool. Actually, Dusty Harry does a good job of doing that every time he opens his pie-hole.
W, on the other hand, went on the offensive yesterday . He gave a history lecture at the VFW convention. His intended audience wasn't the VFW – they'd already lived through most of what W described. W took direct aim at Dusty Harry, The Pelosi, and the rest of the Cut, Run, And Surrender Caucus and hit them with body blow after body blow. He even went so far as to invoke the specter of Vietnam – something till now considered exclusive territory of the leftist cheese eating surrender monkeys. American failure does have a cost, and W pulled no punches in laying out what will happen if people like Hillary, Dusty Harry, and The Pelosi get their way. The US has been down that road before and nobody in their right military mind wants to repeat it.
Over and over I hear the most popular question of the anti-war left – "How do you measure victory or success in Iraq?" Most often this is answered with something referring to the need to win over the hearts – and minds – of the Iraqis.
Very little is ever reported about the Iraqi mindset. Most of what we see coming out of Iraq has to do with the death and destruction inflicted by terrorists. The Iraqi people have been through some 30 years of hell under Saddam and four years of instability following his abrupt exit and subsequent execution. The MSM, however, has very little to say about them.
This vacuum is filled by guys like Michael Yon – simply the best combat journalist on the ground in Iraq. He gives you an unfiltered look at life in Iraq. He is optimistic. Go read his work and find out why.
Outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace has stated he believes there is a "sea-change" happening in Iraq. The people are turning against the terrorists – sometimes at great personal cost. One such story caught my eye this morning (HT RightWingSparkle) that shows Pace's words to be true.
The incident took place in the Iraqi town of al-Arafia this past Saturday (August 18th). An unidentified Iraqi put himself between a group of American soldiers and a homicide bomber – pushing the Islamofacist Murdering Thug away from the group and outside the lethal range of his bomber vest. The unidentified Iraqi (known to the soldiers but not to us) was killed when the bomber detonated himself.
So, for those of you slow on the uptake, an Iraqi sacrificed himself to protect American soldiers. His father told the American commander he felt "no remorse his son's death because he died saving American Soldiers." Nobody forced this man to do what he did. Unbidden actions show true devotion.
Now, I'll be the first to admit I haven't looked very hard to find this story in the MSM. That said, if its out there, it is pretty well buried and is most likely heavily edited. This isn't the only story of heroism among the Iraqis – there are more – many, many more. It kind of makes you wonder.
Why is it when a four year old copy of Binny Laden makes its way out of his slimy sewer of a cave the MSM falls all over its collective self trumpeting his threats – but when signs appear that show the war for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people just might be won the silence from the media is deafening?
When you come up with a good answer to that question, you let me know. Better yet, explain it to our troops – and the Iraqis.
Here endeth the lesson.