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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Bush’s Surging Confidence on Iraq, Nonsense in New York Times Reporting

Wow! President George Bush has not sounded this confident about Iraq in years; everything about him, from his tone of voice to body language exudes the knowing certainty that now he has evidence to back up his claims of success and progress in Iraq and that piece of evidence is Operation Cavalry Charge unfolding in Basra.

Bush, speaking today at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, called Maliki’s move against the organized crime cartels of Basra “bold” and saluted it as a purely Iraqi initiative.

Operation Cavalry Charge is indeed a stunning moment since it smashes through the false narratives invented by the anti-war crowd: contrary to all the words printed and said by America’s Iraq-watching ‘elite’, the Iraqis are in charge, the Iraqis are ready and able, and the Iraqis are willing to take difficult political stands to safeguard their security and sovereignty.

Bush also rattled off plenty of other metrics by which to judge success, and the naysayers can no longer dismiss the mounting evidence with a heckling snort. No, this time they actually have to come up with convincing retorts so that the public would still believe the bogus argument that Iraq is irredeemable.

But they’ll have to do a lot better than what James Glanz tried to pull off today in the New York Times. The ‘take-away’ image from his write-up of Basra’s events is that the operation was so poorly planned that the Iraqi Army’s vehicles could not fit into the alleyways of Hayyaniya—Basra’s equivalent to Baghdad’s Sadr City in ‘sluminess’ and pro-Sadrist political orientation. This claim is poorly sourced—citing a likely phone conversation with a singular newspaper editor in Basra, with no qualification of source’s or his newspaper’s political leaning or revenue stream—and is simply stupefying to anyone familiar with the concept of distances and measurements, metric or otherwise.

I demand that the NYTimes immediately dispatch Glanz (who’s reporting from Baghdad not Basra) with a tape-measure to Hayyaniya and have him come back with accurate lengths and distances of its side-streets. His job should be facilitated by the fact that Hayyaniya actually follows a grid pattern much like Manhattan. Here’s a Google Earth picture of Hayyaniya in case the NYT loses its way:



The NYTimes and the Associated Press (God their work stinks!) will report the Basra story in whatever biased manner that they see fit irrespective of fact. We’re dealing with neurotic journalists—“I’m unloved and **insert self-esteem issue here**, and it’s all Bush’s fault”—who are shamelessly promoting their narrow political agendas and who’re just winging the reporting by relying on unreliable sources. They’ll get away with it because the newsrooms they answer to are also populated with more of the same neuroses; they will never admit that their hasty forecasts about Iraq were wrong.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Iraqis are in charge, the Iraqis are ready and able, and the Iraqis are willing to take difficult political stands to safeguard their security and sovereignty.

Ok Nibras, what prevent Maliki or Iraqi government to issue law banning all militia?

Why Iraqi government ignoring this Militia and their outlaw behaviors mangling in Iraq killing innocent Iraqi drilling torturing innocent Iraq for so long?

Whats wrong of issuing order to dismantled/band all militia as the order of dismantled Iraqi army and police forces?

can you give us answers why for all of the above question if you have some thing to tell.

12:17 PM, March 27, 2008

 
Blogger CMAR II said...

anon,

????
Why doesn't the government make a law that the moon shall henceforth be puce? The issue is actually *eliminating* criminal and insurgent gangs rather than creating a new class of criminality. Who cares whether they call themselves "militias" or "library clubs"?

4:03 PM, March 27, 2008

 
Blogger Soldier's Dad said...

"Why Iraqi government ignoring this Militia and their outlaw behaviors mangling in Iraq killing innocent Iraqi drilling torturing innocent Iraq for so long?"

There is something that people who are serious about security look at all the time...it's is called "Force Density"

To properly police an "England v Holland Soccer(Football) match with 80,000 attendees..one needs 10,000 policeman...or a ratio of 1 policeman for each 8 attendees.The various supporters(militias) for each side come prepared to fight.

By contrast an International Rugby match requires all of a couple of dozen traffic police.

Normal policing in London..absent a Soccer Match requires 3 police/1000 residents.

The ratio of security force personnel to population is very much an art rather than a science.

Northern Ireland required 11/1000 residents.

Saddam's Iraq was close to 30/1000 residents.

New York City was awful at 4/1000 residents...but reasonably quiet at 5/1000 residents.

The ISF has grown in the last year...and is about 20/1000 residents now. Which is generally considered the number required to suppress a full scale civil war.

7:36 PM, March 27, 2008

 
Blogger Average American said...

Interesting numbers Soldiers Dad. It is amazing how far the ISF has come over the last 5 years. With all their KIA's they have suffered, it speaks highly of those dedicated enough to stay. Brave souls to be sure. Give them another 5 years and they will undoubtably be the best trained, best equipped, and most patriotic force in the whole mideast. If the U.S. handles the next few years correctly, they will also be our closest ally in the area, both the military and the population. I know that is a big "if" and it certainly entails a republican President. McCain has the best chance as it stands right now.

11:24 AM, March 28, 2008

 
Blogger Grandpa said...

Why Iraqi government ignoring this Militia and their outlaw behaviors mangling in Iraq killing innocent Iraqi drilling torturing innocent Iraq for so long?

Whats wrong of issuing order to dismantled/band all militia as the order of dismantled Iraqi army and police forces?

can you give us answers why for all of the above question if you have some thing to tell.

I believe they will as soon as the United States issues the same orders to the Crypts, Bloods, MS-13, Salernos-13, Outlaws, Hells Angels, Pagans, Nomads, etc.

1:25 PM, March 28, 2008

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very perceptive and thanks.

The postcolonial leftists live in a dreamworld where "heroic" Sadr will come to power one day and bring justice and peace to Iraq. They don't even know the meaning of "justice and peace" to begin with.

Juan Cole must be cracking his skull at the wall.

Mohseni

2:07 PM, March 30, 2008

 
Blogger BrianFH said...

Fascinating how the Leftists suddenly become law-and-order believers when faced with military challenges. When faced with actual law-and-order issues, of course, they call on the ACLU.

Willful blindness + gutlessness + victimization values + dreamworld political paradigms = toxic inadequacy.

7:10 AM, April 04, 2008

 
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