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Thursday, June 23, 2005

'The War is Over, and We Won'

So says the Editor of The American Enterprise Online, just returned from a visit to Iraq:
What the establishment media covering Iraq have utterly failed to make clear today is this central reality: With the exception of periodic flare-ups in isolated corners, our struggle in Iraq as warfare is over. Egregious acts of terror will continue—in Iraq as in many other parts of the world. But there is now no chance whatever of the U.S. losing this critical guerilla war.

Contrary to the impression given by most newspaper headlines, the United States has won the day in Iraq. In 2004, our military fought fierce battles in Najaf, Fallujah, and Sadr City. Many thousands of terrorists were killed, with comparatively little collateral damage. As examples of the very hardest sorts of urban combat, these will go down in history as smashing U.S. victories.
On the other hand, the NY Times is reporting insurgents are using much more sophisticated IED's with shaped charges (directs the force of explosion at a smaller surface area, better against armoured targets) and infra-red laser triggers (just the sort of thing your run-of-the-mill insurgent knows how to use).

I also found a much more detailed casualty count at Iraq Coalition Casualties.

I'm looking forward to visiting Babylon in a couple of years time. By then I hope Iraq is safe enough for foreign tourists.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 6/23/2005 01:48:00 am


Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

It must be a source of considerable distress for the lefties to see the current meeting in Brussels of Euroshakers and Bush people arranging the support required for the continued good progress in Iraq and other middle east countries. It must be a source of even more distress for them to see the yanks quietly reducing troop numbers. It is remarkable that not one of our TV Radio or newspaper organisations seems to have noticed anything other than car bombs in Iraq. No doubt Russell Brown will have an answer.

6/23/2005 06:21:00 am  
Blogger Chris said...

Maybe because car bombs are newsworthy? I guess they are the war equivalent of "sex sells"?

6/23/2005 10:09:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Maybe because searching out a balanced report is a bit harder and requires more skill than just reading US military action reports and taking the Al Jazeera feed.

6/23/2005 10:30:00 am  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

"On June 18, General William Webster, the US commander in Baghdad, said: "Certainly saying anything about 'breaking the back' or 'about to reach the end of the line' or those kinds of things do not apply to the insurgency at this point."

But then what would this guy know about the situation. Clearly he hasn't spent enoughy time freely roaming the streets of Sadr City.

6/23/2005 01:37:00 pm  

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