Video: Michael Yon talks with CNN about the good news from Basra

posted at 6:26 pm on October 15, 2007 by Allahpundit

He was ahead of the curve by a few days in noting the drop in violence in the city. Last week the Times of London finally caught up. Lots of qualifiers here — no one knows if the peace is being imposed by the Iraqi army, by the militias themselves, or by the tribal leaders to whom the militias answer, and as Yon notes, the lines between those three groups aren’t exactly razor sharp. “We’ve seen it turn on and off like a light switch in Anbar province, for instance,” he says, referring to the violence. Nic Robertson also notes a worrisome trend towards greater Iranian influence in the area, including an uptick in Farsi speakers. Same question as I asked in last night’s good news post: What game are the Shiites playing here? If SCIRI wants the south free and clear from Baghdad’s influence, why let the Iraqi army come down there and gain a foothold? Possible answer: They’ve calculated that it’s more important right now to show that the Shiite provinces can maintain law and order with minimal help from the Iraqi government, which bolsters the case for the federalist model that SCIRI wants so badly. Political developments are trending that way in the U.S. too. The goal would be to keep things calm and quiet at least until parliament puts something on the books formally endorsing the federalist approach. Then then Shiite parties can start carving up the south the way they want.

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Good interview, from all three involved. It does sound insane, given all the previous times things have begun to improve in Iraq only to quickly devolve again, but this time it looks like it may be for real.

BadgerHawk on October 15, 2007 at 6:38 PM

Meanwhile, as I predicted, the Democrats can’t let this stand. They pray and hope for American and civilian deaths (in addition to high oil prices, and downturns in the economy, etc.) every day, because that’s all they have to run on. They are running on, as they’ve done the last few elections, the policy of “win by default”. Hope the other guys (the GOP) look bad enough, and be the only other option for voters.

Dems have been playing to this since a few months in to the war. And now Nancy Pelosi is insistent on pissing off Turkey, who’s on the verge of taking their own military action in Iraq while taking issue with the whole “genocide vote”, and considering not allowing us to use their land to move in and out of Iraq. Are these the Democrats you want in charge of our foreign policy? The party that wants to make sure the chaos doesn’t slowdown in Iraq in order to help them win elections, so they’ll do anything they can to… Man, this is one of those days, I’m like “why do I bother?”

RightWinged on October 15, 2007 at 6:40 PM

And now Nancy Pelosi is insistent on pissing off Turkey

This seems like a political move more than anything else, no? I studied genocide quite a bit in school, and I would say the Armenian case certainly qualifies, but why do it now? It’s like the Democrats want to piss off an ally and cause trouble in the only peaceful part of Iraq (and the northern part of Iraq is amazingly peaceful right now).

BadgerHawk on October 15, 2007 at 6:47 PM

And she can’t claim ignorance on the problems this would create with Turkey. Their refusal to ackowledge the Armenian genocide has been a sticking point with the EU for years now, to the point that Turkey has decided it’s better to be out of the EU than admit what happened.

BadgerHawk on October 15, 2007 at 6:50 PM

That’s exactly my point BadgerHawk… it’s political move, because these evil SOB Democrats want chaos and death in Iraq, because it’s the only way to guarantee them election victories. Let us not forget that the House Whip himself stupidly admitted that it would be a “big problem” if positive news started coming out of Iraq.

No one is downplaying the Armenian thing… but why now Nancy? Why are you pushing so hard when Turkey’s on the verge of cutting off our usage of their land and threatening to invade Iraq themselves? Evil.

RightWinged on October 15, 2007 at 7:08 PM

“but why now Nancy?”

Because America is winning the war and we have an election coming up. It’s more important to win the election than the war. It’s quite simple really…

Lose war – Win election

Win war – Lose election

Tony737 on October 15, 2007 at 7:55 PM

Democrats motto: If at first you don’t succeed, try and f*** it up for your opponents.

Califemme on October 15, 2007 at 7:57 PM

RightWinged – I just read the update on the Pelosi thread in top picks about troops and equipment moving through Turkey. My stick buddy in primary was on a boat waiting to move through Turkey in 2003, when Turkey said F’ Off and turned them around. We should be happy they’re helping out to the extent that they are right now. Allies come with a lot of compromise in that part of the world…

BadgerHawk on October 15, 2007 at 8:14 PM

And now Nancy Pelosi is insistent on pissing off Turkey

The Dems have been faulting George Bush of alienating our allies (like France, e.g.). So what do they do now? Alienate one of our allies.

Bigfoot on October 15, 2007 at 8:56 PM

I just switched over from Monday Night Football and saw that Glenn Beck devoted the first 10 minutes of his show to the House Resolution bill on the Armenian genocide and its Republican sponsor. Beck was his usual self during the interview, but the intro was quite good I thought.

BadgerHawk on October 15, 2007 at 9:12 PM

RightWinged – I just read the update on the Pelosi thread in top picks about troops and equipment moving through Turkey. My stick buddy in primary was on a boat waiting to move through Turkey in 2003, when Turkey said F’ Off and turned them around. We should be happy they’re helping out to the extent that they are right now. Allies come with a lot of compromise in that part of the world…

BadgerHawk on October 15, 2007 at 8:14 PM

Again, maybe I’m just reading you wrong, but I feel like you’re responding to me, unaware that I’m actually saying the same thing you are.

Yes, we are lucky… which I say again, is why these POS Democrats reveal themselves for being the truly evil pepole they are by trying to piss Turkey off here. They’re trying to cause problems in Iraq because all of this positive news isn’t good for their election chances. They are running almost entirely on chaos in Iraq. If things improve greatly, they’ve got nothing to run on.

RightWinged on October 15, 2007 at 9:54 PM

Damn it! I thought this war was lost.

- H. Ried

CliffHanger on October 15, 2007 at 10:02 PM

Micheal Yon is truly a gutsy and brave journalist,
again sounds good in Basra,Except when CNN asks
Micheal Yon”So Micheal are then the Iragy forces
truly in charge of Basra or are Militias forces in charge
but there lying low”.

So are we slowly seeing peace taking root,or are the Iranians goons re-arming and re-supply,lets not forget
they’ve been warring for over a thousand years!

The best game plan for Nansy Polesi(most powerful woman in the Universe–according to Nancy)is of course for a continuing of chaos in Basra.

So while the United States military is winning it,
the DNC will be spinning it,so more time will tell
hopefully.

canopfor on October 15, 2007 at 11:11 PM

RightWinged on October 15, 2007 at 9:54 PM

heh. I know we’re saying the same thing. I’m just adding information to an important thread with barely any comments.

BadgerHawk on October 15, 2007 at 11:14 PM

heh. I know we’re saying the same thing. I’m just adding information to an important thread with barely any comments.

BadgerHawk on October 15, 2007 at 11:14 PM

Haha, okay, I got ya. Just thought there was a disconnect there for a minute.

RightWinged on October 16, 2007 at 12:57 AM

“But…but…corporations and greed and global warming and THIS IS ABOUT HALLIBURTON!!!!!111!!” /dnc

Black Adam on October 16, 2007 at 2:31 AM