LeRoy Collins Commentary 234

Commentary #234
3 November 2008

London Times article

This past week, I attended a private reception (with 100 other locals) to meet General David Petraeus, the mastermind of the Iraq “surge”, which has produced such spectacular results in the pat year... in the U.S. favor. On Friday, I joined several hundred at his assumption of command @ U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND, MACDILL AFB, Tampa. With us were approx 75 of his West Point ’74 Classmates (hardly the environment to cheer "GO NAVY..BEAT ARMY!").

In the General’s remarks, he cited his own mantra, which may provide some insight why he has been so successful, and why the President wants his guidance for the whole Middle East region of conflict, i.e. “learn…..and adapt”. Hopefully the new President will leave him alone to seek even more politico-military successes. If he does, we may not hear much about it…..a sad commentary for our U.S. media.

/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.

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Ready for a shock?
Below is an article from the London Times about our military. Interesting, it is! Our liberal media coverage is shameful!

Winning Isn't News

Iraq: What would happen if the U.S. won a war but the media didn't tell the American public? Apparently, we have to rely on a British newspaper - London 's Sunday Times called it 'the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror.' few newspapers print news that we've defeated the last remnants of al-Qaida in Iraq ...

A terrorist force that once numbered more than 12,000, with strongholds in the west and central regions of Iraq, has over the last two years been reduced to a mere 1,200 fighters, backed against the wall in the northern city of Mosul.

The destruction of al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) is one of the most unlikely and unforeseen events in the history of American warfare. We can thank President Bush's surge strategy, in which he has bucked both Republican and Democratic leaders in Washington by increasing our forces there instead of surrendering.

We can also thank the leadership of the new general that he placed in charge there, David Petraeus, who may be the foremost expert in the world on counter-insurgency warfare. We can thank those serving in our military in Iraq who engaged local Iraqi tribal leaders and convinced them that the America military was their friend and the AQI their enemy.

Al-Qaida's loss of the hearts and minds of ordinary Iraqis began in Anbar Province, which had been written off as a basket case, and spread out from there.

Now, in Operation Lion's Roar the Iraqi army and the U.S. 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment is destroying the fraction of terrorists who are left. More than 1,000 AQI operatives have already been apprehended. Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin, traveling with Iraqi forces in Mosul, found little AQI presence even in bullet-ridden residential areas that were once insurgency strongholds, and reported that the terrorists have lost control of its Mosul urban base, with what is left of the organization having fled south into the countryside.

Meanwhile, the State Department reports that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government has achieved 'satisfactory' progress on 15 of the 18 political benchmarks 'a big change for the better from a year ago.'

Things are going so well that Maliki has even for the first time floated the idea of a timetable for withdrawal of American forces. He did so while visiting the United Arab Emirates, which over the weekend announced that it was 'forgiving' almost $7 billion of debt owed by Baghdad, an impressive vote of confidence from a fellow Arab state in the future of a free Iraq.

But where are the headlines and the front-page stories about all this good news? As the Media Research Center pointed out last week, 'the CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News and CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 were silent Tuesday night about the benchmarks 'that signaled political progress.'

The war in Iraq has been turned around 180 degrees both militarily and politically because the president stuck to his guns. Yet apart from IBD, Fox News Channel and parts of the foreign press, the media don't seem to consider this historic event a big story.

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/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.


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