Iraqis Speak to America

posted at 8:33 am on January 19, 2007 by Bryan

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“Fox and the other one!” Priceless!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on January 19, 2007 at 9:20 AM

I’d sure like to know which sect each of those people belonged to. I assume the men were Sunni, but I can’t even make a guess at the gal.

csdeven on January 19, 2007 at 9:29 AM

They’re all Shia.

Bryan on January 19, 2007 at 9:39 AM

There’s a word for “bad vibes” in translation?

Now, these people speaking out in support and thanks to America…are they as outspoken in public as they are in these interviews?

In any event, it amazes me that interviews like these (good job, guys!) aren’t the norm in the MSM. They’re not even side stories.

JetBoy on January 19, 2007 at 9:44 AM

Thanks Michelle and Brian so much for taking this trip to show us what real Iraqi’s think. Can you make a blanket statement that you believe the Iraqis who support freedom… that you believe they really mean it? It certainly sounds like this man means what he says, but our media has beaten down my ability to to trust them as much as I used to.

“Bad vibes”. Heh. That’s as good as MKH being a ‘happy chick’. “We hope that the American media, FOX and uh, the other ones carry the message.” HAH!

Great, great vent, and I’m proud to be on your side, and even more proud that our kids are fighting to save these people.

Kevin M on January 19, 2007 at 9:57 AM

Thank you Bryan and Michelle.

Should forces in this country implement a premature withdrawl of American forces, the faces seen in this video would soon disappear. As in Vietnam, those who cooperated with the Americans would suffer terribly.

I pray that, somehow, the quest for political power here will not put our strategic interests, and the need to fufill our promises to these people, in the backseat.

MCPO Airdale on January 19, 2007 at 10:20 AM

Thanks Michelle and Bryan for showing us the faces of some of the people America will be abandoning and hanging out to dry in a few months.

Sear these images into your minds.

Verbal Abuse on January 19, 2007 at 10:24 AM

Every human life is sacred. Every human life deserves dignity. Not just the ones the Left has chosen as worthy or let’s face it, white enough.


The Left has been attempting to decide that for a long, LONG time.

seejanemom on January 19, 2007 at 10:25 AM

Thanks Bryan and MM! I wish this was shown on the MSM..fat chance right?
I loved the lady’s quote: “The Americans are the only ones who come when we call”..that is said by every East European and MEasterner I met in Europe..the ONLY ones who come to help people is the USA! GOD BLESS the American Armed Forces!

labwrs on January 19, 2007 at 10:27 AM

They’re all Shia.

OK, I thought the draped head covering was sunni and the wrapped head covering was shiite. Thanks for clearing that up.

The first guy slammed Iran (shiite) and Saudi Arabia (sunni) as backward thinking governments, suggesting that Iraq’s leadership in reform would be a secular system of government, giving equality to all regardless of sect. That sounded pretty moderate to me Bryan. Did you get that impression or do you think they want to impose a Shiite state on the Sunni’s?

csdeven on January 19, 2007 at 10:34 AM

At the end of the interview, it tells all. If democracy succeeds in Iraq, there will be other changes in neighboring countries.
That is the blessing and the curse. The other countries leaders know that.

right2bright on January 19, 2007 at 10:39 AM

So do ya’ll feel like they were saying what you wanted to hear or what they really believed?

Drtuddle on January 19, 2007 at 11:06 AM

So do ya’ll feel like they were saying what you wanted to hear or what they really believed?

Drtuddle on January 19, 2007 at 11:06 AM

Well, Bryan was there and that is why I asked his opinion.

csdeven on January 19, 2007 at 11:12 AM

My impression was that he was saying what he believed. He began his speech as soon as we all were seated and just started talking. He wasn’t reading or reciting anything from notes. He was just talking to us. I was also surprised to hear him talk about Fox and the cable news channels. Iraqis in general seem to be tuned in to our politics and news environment. For these people to take the risk of siding with the US on tape, knowing that their faces would be on video and that there’s a chance we’ll pull out and leave them to their own fate by the end of this year was an act of real courage.

Bryan on January 19, 2007 at 11:38 AM

Thanks, Michelle and Bryan, and I hope you don’t pay a bigger price than you bargained on. If we cut and run now, will you have Iraqis in your nightmares like I have Vietnamese in mine? It’s personal now, isn’t it?

bdfaith on January 19, 2007 at 11:43 AM

Great Vent Michelle and Bryan! Wow! This is the news we need from the MSM, but holding your breath for that to happen, with the exception of FOX, would be hazardous to your health. Wow!

It was refreshing to see in the interview that, at least some, Iraqis believe:

+ Iraq is the battlefield for a continuing conflict that would continue if the Americans were there or not, the next battlefield may be the USA. (Terrorist attention is diverted to Iraq at the moment).

+ They appreciate the oppotrunity to change their system from a dictatorship to democracy and support that change

+ That much of the conflict is due to foreign influcence, in particular Iran.

+ That the American presence is positive, recognized, and appreciated.

+ That the MSM is not giving he American people the true picture of events as they are unfolding in Iraq.

If this content had been put on by the MSM perhaps public opinion would be very different now. Wishful thinking, the more I find out about the true picture in Iraq the more I am conviced that most MSM components are more intersted in “reporting” to support their political bias and agenda that supports the Left.

omegaram on January 19, 2007 at 12:14 PM

Do Iraqis have the will?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about strategy/tactics/methods in Iraq. There is still little clarity about “surge” critics’ objectives in Iraq. Discussion of strategy/methods should begin with a clarification of objectives. Most of the “surge” critics appear not to want to win, either because a win would look good for Bush whom they hate, or because they want America to be humbled.

However, among the critics of the surge that seem to share the objective of winning in Iraq, there is an assumption that the current problems with security are simply due to a lack of will on the part of the Iraq government. Thus, if true, removing our troops now and putting more pressure on the Iraq government would make sense—and the surge would be wrong. This should be the key debating point. Those who think the surge is worth trying need to continue to make this point: lack of security is the main impediment to implementing a political solution, and that the Iraqi Army and police are not ready to create a good security environment in Baghdad on its own. Maybe need a new “WIN” button to wear: Whip Insurgents Now.


stillaneocon on January 19, 2007 at 1:00 PM

These Iraqi’s who were taped are very brave. They have courage far beyond most of us bloggers who can hide behind a keyboard.

For these people to take the risk of siding with the US on tape, knowing that their faces would be on video and that there’s a chance we’ll pull out and leave them to their own fate by the end of this year was an act of real courage.

Bryan on January 19, 2007 at 11:38 AM

I wonder how courageous our politicians would be without the knowledge of the USA troops to protect them.

Wade on January 19, 2007 at 3:48 PM

Wow. Very moving; their words kinda helps bring things in focus. Freedom really isn’t free; these people are not only risking their lives but the lives of their families as well. I hope the quitters in the democrap party watch and read these reports and then sit quietly to digest all that is at risk if they get their way and force us to cut and run, just like they did in Viet Nam, Lebanon and Somalia.

Michelle, Bryan, these reports are solid gold. God Bless you.

Zorro on January 19, 2007 at 7:40 PM

Thank you,

It is so nice to see that the war I fought in is still the same war.

As soon as I came back to the United States I thought that the war had changed to a deep dark pit. So much different from the place I spent 15 months in.

It’s amazing what the regular media has done. It’s so nice to know that the Iraqi people are still the same people who I knew and grew to understand. It’s nice to know that the Iraqi citizens still want us there.

Camper6265 on January 19, 2007 at 8:31 PM

Is there a transcript of this?

VinceP1974 on January 19, 2007 at 9:07 PM

Thank you Bryan & Michelle… watching that video made me cry and for two reasons: 1) Nobody else is showing this side of how the Iraqis feel, and 2) These people so desperately want to be free, feel grateful to the Americans, and truly have great hope for democracy in the region.

Very heartwarming for us all.

God bless you both for capturing this inspiring video for us.

Lots of love and respect for you both.

MsUnderestimated on January 19, 2007 at 9:21 PM

There are millions of Iraqis who want to have a democratic Iraq and are appreciative of what America has done. The radical Islamists know it and have been attempting to undermine Iraq’s fragile democracy. The mainstream media does not report this becaus it would cause Americans to hang tough in Iraq.

Phil Byler on January 19, 2007 at 9:29 PM

Thanks Bryan, your comment adds a glimmer of hope to those of us who haven’t been to Iraq.

Kevin M on January 19, 2007 at 10:30 PM

How can we “relocate” on these people. Please everyone, let as many people as you can, know about what HO, Michelle & Bryan are doing here. This is amazing.

oakpack on January 19, 2007 at 11:02 PM

Great stuff.

Course the DUmmies will be accusing you of ‘cherry picking’ the best interviews, or even just making it up, but I certainly trust y’all a lot more than anyone else (Including FOX, and especially “That other one”.)

LegendHasIt on January 20, 2007 at 12:01 AM

Michelle and Bryan- This is amazing stuff you are reporting. Thanks for bringing this hopeful news back with you.

gatewaypundit on January 20, 2007 at 12:03 AM

Obviously, these browned skinned folk aren’t worthy of freedom. This brown skinned gentleman is part of Bush’s 9/11 conspiracy./s

mylegsareswollen on January 20, 2007 at 10:07 AM

So do ya’ll feel like they were saying what you wanted to hear or what they really believed?

Drtuddle on January 19, 2007 at 11:06 AM

Please. They’re Iraqis willing to fight and die for their country, not the MSM & Democrats trying to influence an outcome of defeat and surrender while they purposely ignore any good work or progress coming out of Iraq.

We’ll leave that up to Bryan and Michelle. Thanks guys.

fogw on January 20, 2007 at 11:32 AM

Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Dennis Kucinich, John Murtha, Joe Biden, Carl Levin, Dick Durbin, Jay Rockerfeller, Pat Leahy, TED KENNEDY, JOHN KERRY, CHRIS DODD, HILLARY CLINTON.

These are the people in Congress who support GENOCIDE. Who want genocide. These are the people who have already betrayed America and who WILL, if we let them, betray the people of Iraq.

And to all the leftist trolls who infest this group, shackler, enrique, JaHerer22, and those who’ve been kicked off. You’re genociders, too.

georgej on January 20, 2007 at 3:09 PM

Excellent job and thank you once again.

I would like to see a diagram of the government we have set up for them. How many representives per capita, houses of governent, and how power is distributed. Do the people vote locally, nationally, or both?

Can you guys do that?

Chuck on January 21, 2007 at 2:20 PM

Hmm – I can think of exactly 535 addresses I’d like to send a DVD copy of these interviews to.

Benthoven on January 22, 2007 at 12:50 AM

great, guys. really wonderful seeing this! We need to see more of this!! Seriously, America really underestimates the Iraqis, they are given far too little credit.

Jewels on January 22, 2007 at 2:56 PM

This lifted my spirits. Thanks.

Do Iraqis have the will?

Yes. The real question is do politicians have the will? We know the Democrats are a total wash out but more disturbing is Republicians who suddenly realise that actually they oppose the war in Iraq. As for the MSM, they couldn’t be more effective at weakening American will if they recieved monthly checks from the Saudi Royal Family.

aengus on January 23, 2007 at 8:32 PM

Great interview.

It’s amazing what real journalism can accomplish if you actually have the balls to leave the Green Zone and get out there and investigate.

Yakko77 on January 26, 2007 at 2:20 PM