Thursday, November 18, 2004

Mosul Again


One key piece that I left out of the Mosul situation yesterday- the need for police overhaul. As you'll recall from one of my postings a few weeks ago, police overhaul in Mosul was already on the schedule anyway. I would anticipate a slightly more rapid mobilization, and I can tell you that there are things being done right now in order to fix the cop situation- but that's about all I can say about that right now.

These cops need to succeed. As I've written on many occasions- Fallujah, Mosul, Ramadi- these places are important, but they're not the center of gravity. The success of our mission in Iraq hinges on LTG Petraeus' ability to churn out well-trained Iraqi Sooper Troopers. Everything else we do is an effort to support that critical mission. Which leads me to my next point...

AP Does It Again

Looks like our friends at the AP (Al-Jazeera Press?) have concocted another phony load of garbage to feed the good people of America. This one from the mighty pen of factually-challenged journalist Hamza Hendawi. Observe:


The recapture of Fallujah has not broken the insurgents' will to fight and may not pay the big dividend U.S. planners had hoped...

Looks like Hendawi doesn't realize that his new story was debunked a week before he even wrote it (NOV 11th- "The U.S. military said on Thursday this week's Falluja offensive would not shatter Iraq's insurgency."). However, it quickly becomes apparent that al-Hendawi wants to put some spin on this misinterpretation of last week's news in an effort to present us with something absolutely ridiculous!


Instead, the battle for control of the Sunni city 40 miles west of Baghdad has sharpened divisions among Iraq's major ethnic and religious groups, fueled anti-American sentiment and stoked the 18-month-old Sunni insurgency.

Oh yes, of course that's the case! The insurgents have lost their stronghold, their command and control has been shattered, they're fleeing to Mosul (where insurgents go to die), Samarra and Fallujah are now "reconstruction zones" where Iraqis get paid to work on reconstruction projects, Ramadan came and went without their much-ballyhood "mother of all uprisings"- but the insurgency is better off now than it ever was! Brilliant logic! And here's the best part- ready for this? This is the hammer of the argument- the one thing that PROVES the premise of this utterly bogus story beyond any reasonable doubt. Here goes:



Those grim assessments, expressed privately by some U.S. military officials and by some private experts on Iraq, raise doubts as to whether the January election will produce a government with sufficient legitimacy, especially in the eyes of the country's powerful Sunni Muslim minority.

So there you have it folks! The insurgents are winning handily in Iraq right now, because Hamza Hendawi said so!

The AP is a joke. Pure and simple.

What Happened to the Fallujah Incident?

I was all set and ready to launch an all out offensive against the MSM about this thing, and now I'm not seeing it anywhere on the headlines. I don't have access to TV over here, so please let me know if they're starting to (finally) back off. Cyberspace seems to have cooled on it significantly, possibly because of our friend Bill Faith's recent Instalanche at Small Town Veteran. I'll stay tooned...

I Agree With Howard Dean?

Don't have a heart attack- it's not what you think. This will probably be the only time in my life that I'll ever agree with Howard Dean about anything. The legendary screamer recently blasted the media at a Yale symposium:



"The media is a failing institution in this country," Dean said. "They are not maintaining their responsibility to maintain democracy."

Dean said these networks aim to entertain because "entertainment sells better than news."

"The media is trained to get the entertainment value and screw the facts," he said.

Yeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaghggghhghghg!!!

Excuse me. That's a very good point you raise there, Mr. ScreamDean. Although I must point out that I said those things way before you did- October 28th to be exact. Does that mean I could be the Governor of Vermont?

And just so nobody gets the wrong idea- I still disagree with him about most things, including what he said about Fox:


The television networks, especially Fox News, are most to blame for the increased focus in journalism on flash and entertainment, Dean said.

Well, that's where you're wrong, sir. Failure to jump on the liberally-biased bandwagon does not equate to bad journalism. Nice try, though.

Worried About Iran?

Yes, it look like Iran is really going after some nukes. But fear not! Black5 has just revealed his plan for an exit strategy for Iraq AND Afghanistan...

Bcus a Dad!!!!

Longtime Forum members will recall Bcus as my war buddy, fellow Black Hawk Driver, and frequent commenteer. He and his wife welcomed a beautiful healthy baby girl yesterday. Congrats Bcus and family!!

I've seen her picture, and I'm telling you- she looks like a future Black Hawk Pilot!

8 comments:

XCHEERLEADER said...

2SLICK

HOW CAN WE ARRANGE TO HAVE YOUR COMMENTS POSTED DAILY
ON FOXNEWS WEBSITE OR THE DRUDGE REPORT?

THE FIRST THING I DO EVERY MORNING IS GO ONLINE AND READ:

THE DRUDGE REPORT
FOX NEWS ONLINE
NEWSMAX
2SLICK'S FORUM
THE NEW YORK TIMES
THE NEW YORK POST
THE WASHINGTON POST

IT IS APPARENT TO ME THAT YOUR FORUM WOULD PROVIDE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC MORE RELIABLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WAR ON TERRORISM THAN ANYTHING PRESENTED BY THE MSM.

I CERTAINLY FEEL MORE INFORMED AFTER READING YOUR COMMENTS.

THIS IS A SERIOUS UNDERTAKING BY THE UNITED STATES, THE
COALITION AND ALL THE COURAGEOUS, LOYAL MEMBERS OF OUR ARMED SERVICES. I, FOR ONE, THINK YOU GUYS DESERVE TO HAVE THE REAL STORY TOLD; AND WITHOUT DOUBT, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DESERVES "FAIR AND BALANCED" REPORTING.

WHO OUT THERE IN BLOG WORLD KNOWS HOW TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN?

2Slick said...

Thanks, XCHEER!!

My mom's gonna love that comment. She's a Fox News fanatic and she always tells me that kinda stuff. Thanks for making her feel less alone in that department.

I may not be "big media" caliber like some smart thinkin' pundits out there, but I'll keep giving everything I got...

As a famous Fox guy likes to say- I appreciate the way you great folks out there are lookin' out for me, and I'm gonna keep lookin' out for you.

Thanks a ton-

2Slick

Anonymous said...

Yay!! 2Slick's mom says thanks to XCHEER..smart idea..way to go and let's make it happen! AFY

Rightwingsparkle said...

2Slick

You just so slapped down 'leftwinglimmer' at my website. Thanks for that!
The AP is a joke, haven't you heard? sometimes they write their stories before the ACTUAL EVENTS. It happened during the RNC, the bloggers caught a few, and they have been careful ever since.
The joke about Howard Dean and the rest is that they actually believe that the news media didn't really tell the whole story on BUSH. Not that they never questioned Kerry about his sealed military records or the not to be found book on Vietnam he co-wrote. I could go on and on, but you get it.
Lastly....I think SOMEONE has a crush on you.......;-)

betsy said...

xcheerleader you might want to supplement or even replace those msm newspapers on your list with good milblogs and iraqi bloggers instead .. you'll get more truth that way. Unfortunately the "talking heads" on tv are indeed running with that Marine's story .. god bless him. War is hell and giving detrimental stories to the enemy (al jazeera etc) is traitorous, as far as I'm concerned. The iraqi and even an egyptian blogger are asking why on earth we would give them such fodder; al jazeera runs that story on a constant loop so as to incite people. Get the inbeds out. Now. Of course, that's only my humble opinion. Our troops are doing a terrific job!

Epador said...

I'd encourage all to keep reading/listening to (don't bother video though, that's a waste) the "opposition's" propaganda. Every once in a while there is a grain of truth there, but more importantly, if you don't know what tripe they are trying to sell, its hard to marshall the correct offense against it. Also, once you can translate fairly effectively (as you have in the post) its easier to recognize and translate other less familiar sources of disinformation. You have to keep using a foreign language to maintain language skill. :-)

You are probably missing the NPR series on abuse of deportees in US prisons running this week. You might be able to download some of it off their web site. Sounds like they think we need to overhaul our jails and police before we do so in other countries. Makes for an interesting contrast to your comments. I'd be interested in your spin on this topic.

Anonymous said...

Gen. 2slick, I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate your service and that of your fellows. I also appreciate your blogging the truth from the front for all America to see.

God bless you and keep you safe.

I will be sending a link to your site to all the pro-American sites I frequent and some that aren't so pro-American that I don't frequent much. Everybody needs to read your words.

And yes, there is an enemy within. The fifth column in America is the Fourth Estate.


Your friend,

Venus

Bill Faith said...

Thanks for the mention, but you gave me too much credit. The best part of my post was "If 2Slick and Greyhawk have to call for backup it won't be pretty." You did the heavy lifting; I just said "You really don't want a man like that mad at you."