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    An alternate view of the troop surge in Iraq.

    This was all purely defensive. The battalion I’m embedded with here in Baghdad hasn’t suffered a single casualty – not even one soldier wounded – since they arrived in the Red Zone in January. The surge in this part of the city could not possibly be going better than it already is. Most of Graya’at’s insurgents and terrorists who haven’t yet fled are either captured, dormant, or dead.

    ...

    “Why are you stopping these guys,” I said to Lieutenant Wolf, “when there are so many other people milling around on the streets?”

    “Because they’re MAMs who are driving,” he said. “We’re going easy on everyone else. We’ve already oppressed these people enough. They have a night culture in the summer, so if they aren’t military aged males driving cars we leave them alone. We were very heavy-handed in 2003. Now we’re trying to move forward together. At least 90 percent of them are normal fun-loving people.”

    “Do they ever get pissed off when you search them?” I said.

    “Not very often,” he said. “They understand we’re trying to protect them.”

    ...

    “Most of what we’re doing doesn’t get reported in the media,” he said. “We’re not fighting a war here anymore, not in this area. We’ve moved way beyond that stage. We built a soccer field for the kids, bought all kinds of equipment, bought them school books and even chalk. Soon we’re installing 1,500 solar street lamps so they have light at night and can take some of the load off the power grid. The media only covers the gruesome stuff. We go to the sheiks and say hey man, what kind of projects do you want in this area? They give us a list and we submit the paperwork. When the projects get approved, we give them the money and help them buy stuff.”
    http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/001497.html

    (huzzah! my 2000th post!)
    Last edited by sickpup; 24 Jul 07, 20:15.
    Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated... again...

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    Happy 2000th!

    And a pretty good one too.
    Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.

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      Indeed!

      A post containing nothing but good news & a few people have voted it below average in its ratings.

      Not surprising, but sad!

      Congrats, too, SP!

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