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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007


I am following in the footsteps of Bill T, a conservative Philadelphia blogger, and blogging surge news.

Here are some snippets from the article:

"Five brigade equivalents have moved into Baghdad and are now participating in Operation Phantom Thunder, bringing the total to between 10 and 12 brigades operating in and around the Iraqi capital. The operation clears neighborhoods in Baghdad, holds them safe from terrorists’ re-infiltration and then builds infrastructure in the neighborhood."

"...surge troops rolled in and introduced joint security stations, where coalition troops partner with Iraqi security forces, Morin explained. “What’s the byproduct of that? Kids going to school again, shops opening (and) selling everything from sandals to safes to paint to major appliances. It’s like Home Depot or Wal-Mart on a street,” he said."

"He also noted that the coalition is finding an unprecedented numbers of weapons and munitions caches, including items that can be made into improvised explosive devices. This increase in cache finds partly can be attributed to Iraqis turning in caches. Iraqis also are pointing out insurgents, helping maintain their neighborhoods, and supporting local government councils, the sergeant major said. Terrorists and insurgent groups are reading the writing on the walls and leaving. “We are definitely inside their decision cycle now,” Morin said. “The surge is allowing us to do that."

"...the surge has really just gotten under way. The enemy has a vote, and terrorists can always launch vicious car-bomb attacks, he said. These attacks draw attention, but are not changing the trend toward normalcy, he added."

Grizzly thoughts:

The surge is working. We must not abandon Iraq. If we remain committed to victory then victory will be ours.



Blogger Skye said...

Yeah! Another surge blogger :)

15 August, 2007 19:14  
Blogger Abouna said...

The surge is working, but it would work a whole lot better if we could just get the European nations; France,Germany, Spain, etc., to get more involved and send more of their troops to Iraq, after all, Europe also has a steak in whether we win or lose, unless they don't mind becoming Muslim and having their countries under Sharia Law.

15 August, 2007 22:25  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks, Skye. I have heard far too many people resigning themselves to the fact that we have lost in Iraq. It is not true.

Abouna - I fear that Europe is lost. The governments are incapable of helping their citizens at this point, and we cannot rely on them to help us.

I do believe that most citizens of European countries are averse to living under the moslem boot. What of the EU bureaucracy? Are they serving the citizens? No - they are not. They will never. There is too much personal wealth at stake, the bureaucrats don't let go of that wealth and power easily.

15 August, 2007 23:42  
Blogger BillT said...

The old media is now trying to play the false expectations game. They are saying that Petraeus is claiming he'll bring the troops home, which is inaccurate. He said he'll peel back in secure areas.

We HAVE to keep hammering home the message that we need to allow the troops to do their jobs and finish their work before we discuss leaving. What is happening now is tantamount to successfully establishing a beach-head at Normandy and then saying, ok we can go home now.

The war isn't over by a longshot, and if we don't keep taking it to the thugs there, they'll be bringing it to us here.

16 August, 2007 10:19  
Blogger MonicaR said...

Thanks Bill. I saw a couple of headlines about Petreus recommending withdrawal. I didn't read the articles but I thought - that doesn't sound right.

I will continue to blog on the surge a couple of times a week.

16 August, 2007 11:05  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Did you hear about those homes that were brought down yesterday over there? That was terrible. Bombs in the houses or something like and just watching the houses or dirt huts as you may call them fall. Its so sad.

16 August, 2007 11:20  
Blogger Mr. Grey Ghost said...

Sad that we have to do our own work in reproting good news from Iraq, but if we depend on the liberal press it'll never happen.

16 August, 2007 15:00  
Blogger J_G said...

Great job Monica! the more we get the message out the more we turn public opinion around into supporting the troops and getting the job done.

17 August, 2007 08:23  
Blogger Mike's America said...

"Yeah! Another surge blogger :)"

Is there a signup sheet somewhere? I thought I had been doing this all along.

abouna: About Spain: You'll recall they pulled their troops our of Iraq when the Socialists won the election after the horrific terrorist attacks on trains in Madrid.

And there are plenty of European Nations already assisting in Iraq through various channels, including troops:


18 August, 2007 15:47  
Blogger Donald Douglas said...

Yes, we must not leave the field at the cusp of victory. But don't tell that to the Pelos-tinians in Congress.

Nice post!

Burkean Reflections

18 August, 2007 16:48  
Blogger Mike's America said...

"Pelos-tinians "

Good one Donald.

18 August, 2007 17:36  
Blogger MonicaR said...

No I didn't Tweetey. Were these huts storage for bombs of the enemy? I'm telling you though, you and I are not rich by a long shot. Our standard of living is unbelievable compared to how the poor in most countries live. I thank God every day that I am an American. I tell the girls - 'honeys, you have no idea what hardship really is - think mud huts, no electricity or running water.'

Mr. GG - I know. I've been hearing way too much of cut and run from people that I talk with in the course of my days. I tell them what I know, too and I also tell them that they have got to get informed.

Thank you, JG. My 'umble little blog won't be read by a multitude - but then there's that story about a pebble dropped into water. Or something, right? ;-)

No Mike. There is no signup sheet. It was just an idea that BillT brought up at the Hugh Hewitt thing. I thought it's a great idea. You do an incredible amount of blogging the good news, you just didn't call it 'blogging the surge.'

Thank you Donald. Thanks for visiting and commenting - all of you!

19 August, 2007 00:09  

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