Does McClatchy want the surge to unravel?

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In their piece titled "Is 'success' of U.S. surge in Iraq about to unravel?" the McClatchy editors can't even acknowledge that the surge strategy has been successful, putting "success" in scare quotes. Here's a more interesting question: Which stands a better chance of unraveling first, the surge strategy or the obviously biased McClatchy? Given the fact that McClatchy has lost eighty percent of its stock value since they bought Knight Ridder, I'm betting on the latter. Jimmie at The Sundries Shack has a fair response to McClatchy's unobjective reporting.

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Freedom of Religion not Freedom from Religion

Why do we always consider the truth "unobjective reporting"? I think it's high time that we as conservatives begin to object to the waste of tax dollars in Iraq and the mortgaging of our future to China.

It's Laughingwell.

Or was that O-effingwell?


Fighting for conservatism one day at a time.

I haven't heard that since 5th grade. I bow to your superior wit sir.

Unfortunately, it doesn't really help explain the point of whining about the coverage when things don't go our way.

and you can't argue that we haven't benefited from our relationship with China.

Fighting for conservatism one day at a time.

“.....women and minorities hardest hit”

Why do you consider McClatchy truthful? Why do you consider the current expenditure of tax dollars on the surge strategy "wasteful"? If you really wanted to waste tax dollars, Hillary's and Obama's surrender plans would fit the bill even better. Which do you think is more conservative, executing a counterinsurgency plan that has a documented history of success or opting for likely chaos and defeat with too-fast schedules for withdrawal?

1. McCain, 2. Thompson, 3. Giuliani, 4. Romney

Honestly, it's extraordinarily revealing. I suppose perhaps because you recognize folks here welcome reasoned, factual debate and stories that are well sourced it would be futile to make an argument supporting such untrue propoganda. Now many here know from sources in-country the story is riddled with nonsense and tries to presage events from rose colored glasses. That may be consistent with their meme but not facts on the ground from people much more worthy of trust. So if you can support your statement with something meaningful, do so. Otherwise go back to knitting or carrying the placard of contr-intellectualism.

"Nec Aspera Terrent"
bene ambula et redambula
Contributor to The Minority Report

This story is not the truth. If one studies geopolitical history, having a free Iraq not controlled or supporting the islamist jihadis is a wonderful thing, worth the money spent. The lives lost are priceless, however losing them in defense of freedom is also priceless.

Anyone who knows anything about warfare knows to expect enemy counterattacks. As Murphy's Laws of Warfare state, "no plan survives contact with the enemy intact."

The Surge has been succeeding, but it is not yet successful. Success in counterinsurgency is measured in years, not in months.

Al Qaeda has been driven out of Baghdad and Anbar, but not out of Iraq. They still have capable infrastructure in Diyala and Ninewa. They will adapt to our tactics and reconstruct their suicide bomber ratlines. Al Qaeda WILL counterattack.

Furthermore, the Iranians are still using JAM as proxies to attack and kill Americans in the Shia areas. The IRGC Quds Force are professionals and they will adapt their surrogate warfare tactics to our increased security. If I were the Iranians, I would time my surge for September and October to get maximum discrediting effect on the McCain candidacy.

The battle will seesaw back and forth several more times before it is won. We must expect this, and prepare the American people for it. We must avoid triumphalism until the triumph is truly won, or we will surely eat our words.

"If all men were just, there would be no need of valor."
- Agesilaus

“What I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity.”

"Nec Aspera Terrent"
bene ambula et redambula
Contributor to The Minority Report

Re your signature, do you have prior affiliation with the Wolfhounds?

"If all men were just, there would be no need of valor."
- Agesilaus

I have "family" out chewing the sand in Taji as we speak.

As an aside, the story relayed to me via IM yesterday sounds exactly like the ebb and flow you speak of (other than two boring -thank God- days of QRF). That is why I find these stories so heinous. Each day more Iraqi's turn their backs on the enemy. They just want to shop without fear of a VBIED. But there is no doubt this is a marathon, not a sprint. In that spirit, it is the sagacious foresight of these remarkable warriors we should heed as a constant, stable barometer of our efforts and wisdom of our continued engagement. Not some political simpleton, jaded journalist or partisan apologist concerned with short term self interest and parochial motives disquised as concern for our country.

"Nec Aspera Terrent"
bene ambula et redambula
Contributor to The Minority Report

However the surge is succeeding. Good points regarding the enemy counterattack - I wonder how so many pretend (or really do) to have the disconnect - in a war or struggle of any kind, both entities react. Those on the anti-war left pretend that any resistance by the enemy equates failure. Yes, the islamists will counter-attack & very likely try to time it to influence our presidential election - that is common sense, which seems to be in short supply on the "anti-war" side.

Well of course they do, they are American media aren't they? What they are really holding out for is being able to report the demise of America but they have to work with what they can.

Why would God invent something like whiskey? To keep the Irish from ruling the world of course

The surge "unravelling" would be better news to cover than the surge in the process of succeeding? Maybe they're just elitists who think the US is too big for our britches & needs to be knocked down a peg or two? The surge in the process of succeeding does harm the storyline of "BAD BAD BUSH" & failure in Iraq...

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