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Michael Ubaldi, October 5, 2004.
Terrorists are indeed streaming from a breeding ground in the Near East. Iran:
Fighting in Samarra has left over 150 rebels and one U.S. soldier dead. On Sunday, residents said they heard random explosions as U.S. and Iraqi forces hunted for insurgent holdouts.
ALSO: L. Paul Bremer taken out of context. Wretchard obliges.
THEY COME FROM HERE, THEY COME FROM THERE: Al Qaeda terrorists come from North Africa. Via Syria. Report here.
Michael Ubaldi, October 4, 2004.
Like the depths reached by the United Nations Oil-for-Food scandal, this should come to absolutely no surprise:
Iraqi intelligence documents, confiscated by U.S. forces and obtained by CNSNews.com, show numerous efforts by Saddam Hussein's regime to work with some of the world's most notorious terror organizations, including al Qaeda, to target Americans. They demonstrate that Saddam's government possessed mustard gas and anthrax, both considered weapons of mass destruction, in the summer of 2000, during the period in which United Nations weapons inspectors were not present in Iraq. And the papers show that Iraq trained dozens of terrorists inside its borders.
The senior government official and source of the Iraqi intelligence memos, explained that the reason the documents have not been made public before now is that the government has "thousands and thousands of documents waiting to be translated.
Michael Ubaldi, September 28, 2004.
It's impossible to scheme with continuity when members of terrorist executive circles turn up dead on a daily basis (emphasis mine):
On September 28, 2004 at 4:04 a.m., Baghdad time, Multi-National Force-Iraq conducted a precision strike on a confirmed Abu Musab Al Zarqawi terrorist site in southern Fallujah. Several credible intelligence sources confirmed that members of the terrorist group were operating at the site at the time of the strike.
Incidentally, why would the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff practically set a calendar date for an operation intended to wipe out the last authoritarian enclave in Iraq? He probably wouldn't — so the end of Fallujah's terrorist presence might come sooner than expected.
EXPECTATIONS: Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi is promising electoral participation by residents of terrorist-threatened locales — and military action in an insurgent-controlled Fallujah, having "waited more than enough." Last week, the Prime Minister spoke with Israel's foreign minister, the two apparently discussing diplomatic arrangements. Given that Baghdad's leadership will receive more ridicule than admiration from their backwards, dictatorial Arab neighbors, an alliance with the one regional power dedicated to fighting Iraq's enemies is wise.
Michael Ubaldi, September 26, 2004.
Ali has challenged fellow Iraqi blogger "Riverbend" on her latest anti-American screed's latitude with the truth, while defending — against annoyed leftists — an Iraqi's right to agree with those who liberated him.
PRETENDING: Matthew Scully:
Finally there is Mr. Kerry's charge that, among all the other miscalculations, "The administration told us we'd be greeted as liberators. They were wrong." Actually, that is exactly how they were greeted [the most striking examples here, here, here, here and here], and none of the setbacks since then change this fact. For a presidential candidate to speak scornfully of the claim that American and allied forces liberated that country is to play, falsely and perversely, into the idea that the Iraqi people are unfit for self-government and best left to their fate.
[I]t is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils. You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally, we shall insist on seeing everything — God and our friends and ourselves included — as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed forever in a universe of pure hatred.
Now, there's hardly anything dedicated leftists detest more than America as America or military action. Just imagine what they'd do when faced with American-led military force ensuring peace by liberating the Third World — and slowly succeeding. Have an idea? In fact, we've already found out: leftists decided to drop the Third World from their list of concerns to better oppose us.
War is a dreadful thing, and I can respect an honest pacifist, though I think he is entirely mistaken. What I cannot understand is this sort of semipacifism you get nowadays which gives people the idea that though you have to fight, you ought to do it with a long face and as if you were ashamed of it.
Michael Ubaldi, September 22, 2004.
Terrorists continue their pinprick attempts to disrupt the creation of Iraq's security forces. Given that the numbers of police, national guard and other branches have continued to swell day after day, for over a year, despite the threat of murder, the insurgent work seems awfully fruitless. Then again, the enemies of freedom always have the contemptible words of John Kerry to rally them.
And one wonders how our soldiers take to their gallant work being cast off as "incompetence" amid "chaos." Try as the Democratic presidential candidate might to refine his insults, for all the Bush administration can direct, an enormous measure of the occupation's successes have come from the efforts of individual units.
As for the troops, two Marine commanders have voiced their disagreement and disappointment with the results of their April-May engagement in Fallujah. But Americans are ready and willing to relocate terrorists from Iraq to oblivion:
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment — known as “The Rock” — will be in the thick of the fight if and when U.S. military commanders decide to retake Fallujah from insurgents, battalion commander Lt. Col. Justin Gubler said.
AS GOES THE MESSAGE: So go the polls, if Rasmussen Reports has anything to say about it. John Kerry's adoption of Howard Dean's leftist, defeatist rhetoric may have sunk him further, and certainly hasn't won any votes. Obviously going nowhere, John Kerry will probably swing (limp?) back to wobbly support of Iraq's liberation and democratization by September 30th.
Michael Ubaldi, September 21, 2004.
Or five, as the case may be:
More than 20 Iraqi youth, dressed in complete baseball uniforms, made history when they played in the five-inning baseball game. Because there are no previous records of an official baseball game played during or after Saddam Hussein's regime, the Altun Kupri youth played the country's first one in decades.
Michael Ubaldi, September 21, 2004.
Michael Novak on the approaching days:
Expect a lot of fighting in Iraq during the next six weeks. The climactic days of the terrorist guerrilla war are at hand. When the guerrillas are broken here, and exposed to the world as the losers they are, then the Baathists in Syria and the tyrants in Tehran know they are next in getting the full attention of the United States, and feeling the full pressures of the desire for liberty among their own people. Nearly half their population is under 25 years old, and those young people are hungry for the opportunities they know the rest of the world shares, which they currently do not.
DON'T SAY YOU'RE DOING IT FOR THE GREATER GOOD, SENATOR: Jim Robbins adds a powerfully vindicative poll to facts inconvenient to John Kerry, like Saddam Hussein's long-standing ties to al Qaeda and his unreformed thirst for catastrophic weapons:
The IRI poll revealed that three quarters of Iraqis are hopeful for the future, that 80 percent believe things will slowly get better, two-thirds think life will be better a year from now and seventy percent would not leave Iraq if given a chance. Eighty-seven percent plan to vote in the upcoming election (much greater than US voter participation), and only about 1.5 percent are concerned that the security situation makes things too unstable to vote. Fifty-eight percent believe democracy is either very or somewhat likely to succeed.
Michael Ubaldi, September 20, 2004.
It couldn't have happened to more deserving would-be murderers:
Iraqi National Guard troops patrolling in the Wasit Province area of the Polish-led Multi-National Division Central South, reported that anti-Iraqi forces blew themselves up as they prepared an Improvised Explosive Device in Suwayra Sept. 19. The explosion occurred just after midnight killing several anti-Iraqi force personnel as they prepared the IED for Iraqi forces, Iraqi citizens or Multi-National Forces to come upon.
FOR GOOD MEASURE: The Iraqi Air Force is flying solo in the south.
Michael Ubaldi, September 20, 2004.
Yesterday we were reminded of the free world's unique ability to defeat itself when dissatisfied senators paraded the Sunday news circuit and leveled criticisms — more of it overemotional language than substantive advice — at the president. Republicans Chuck Hagel and Richard Lugar share the distinction of being two of the most backwards-looking senators, neither particularly willing to depart from the failed American Near East policies of appeasement and moral indifference. Hagel can be best known for holding his veteran status against civilians with whom he disagrees; Lugar's most notable contribution to the political debate this year was to suggest a retraction of the Coalition Provisional Authority's power transfer to Iraqis almost immediately after April's failed terrorist insurrections began, a decision that looks even more panicked now than it did then. True to form, both men were short on help and long on scolds. Interestingly, their detraction of reconstruction funding was an issue of flat monetary amounts and not practical application, a debate that could easily be won by proponents of the Commander's Emergency Response Program.
Senator John McCain, though not without a measure of grandstanding, made a specific request of the administration that the insurgency in central Iraq be crushed by Americans now, and not by an Iraqi-led force within the next three-and-a-half months as described by General Richard Myers. Unlike his colleagues, McCain did not co-opt the Democratic Party's emerging rhetorical line that good news from Iraq is fabrication.
That canard is an interesting change of course for Democrats, the left and the mainstream press. Before now these parties were content to offer a slanted picture of Iraq that focused on the otherwise geographically confined nature of terrorists, omitted countless stories of small-but-effective public works successes and overwhelming evidence of Iraqis' investment in a democratic future. Now — and quite suddenly — the president's opponents have sacrificed their standing in the politics of can-do to commit themselves to concentrated discouragement, a sign that courageous optimism can cut through any volume of hopelessness.
"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win"? It looks that way. President Bush has much to owe to an intrepid reelection platform, and the left apparently believes his message troubling enough to target directly. Why the left didn't see the right's conviction and raise it is a mystery until one simply accepts that the left cannot bring itself to believe that American power alone is a force for good in the world. Most Americans, however, would agree with the president. Considering John Kerry's poor showing with defeatism, whatever light bruises Bush suffers from this assault will be worth victory through electoral repudiation.
VERY SENATORIAL: Now Richard Lugar is praising the Bush administration and chastising John Kerry. Asks Jim Geraghty, "what the heck got into Dick Lugar?" Rather: what got taken out, by whom, and with what well-deserved string of expletives.
Michael Ubaldi, September 19, 2004.
Which countries opposed the liberation of Iraq? Those whose governments made money hand over fist with "good steward" Saddam Hussein. Like France:
The Italian businessman at the centre of a furious row between France and Italy over whose intelligence service was to blame for bogus documents suggesting Saddam Hussein was seeking to buy material for nuclear bombs has admitted that he was in the pay of France.