The focus on al Qaeda makes sense here, where local officials have gone on record acknowledging that most of the perhaps one thousand al Qaeda fighters in Baqubah were young men and boys who called the city home. This may clash with the perception in US and other media that only a small percentage of the enemy in Iraq is al Qaeda, which in turn leads to false conclusions that the massive offensive campaign underway across Iraq is a lot of shock and awe aimed at a straw enemy. But as more Sunni tribal leaders renounce former ties with al Qaeda, it’s becoming clearer just how heavily AQ relied on local talent, and how disruptive they have been here in fomenting the civil war...We're winning.
The same Zawahiri who issued al Qaeda’s latest call for recruits sent a letter to Zarqawi back in 2005, warning him to stop cutting off people’s heads and broadcasting it. Zawahiri’s version of a “Values Message” cautioned Zarqawi that these grostesqueries were losing al Qaeda the support of Muslims. He was right. Al Qaeda is no longer welcome in Baqubah.
Our Patriarch of the Airwaves, Hugh Hewitt has a post on senators calling for a general retreat from Iraq. I won't quote it here because it make me sick to my stomach.
Meanwhile, today's USA Today has an above-the-fold story on how some Iraqi police were conspiring with Al Qaeda. While true, this is an aberration and gives an entirely false sense of the situation in Iraq. There is no doubt at all that the Mainstream Media (MSM) is the enemy of truth and freedom. The information distribution revolution can't proceed fast enough for me.
Finally, at yesterday's MLB All Star game, the 7th inning stretch featured some woman singing "God Bless America." It was preceded by her stating her desire that the troops come home safe. What an utterly emasculated sentiment.
How about asking for victory, instead?