On the cusp of the “most spectacular” victory against Al-Qaeda

posted at 10:50 am on July 6, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Did you know that the US and Iraq will shortly conclude “one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror”?  You wouldn’t if you read American newspapers or watched American television.  The Times of London reports on the approaching end of al-Qaeda in Iraq as the forces of Nouri al-Maliki and the US close the trap on 1,200 AQ terrorists in Mosul:

After being forced from its strongholds in the west and centre of Iraq in the past two years, Al-Qaeda’s dwindling band of fighters has made a defiant “last stand” in the northern city of Mosul.

A huge operation to crush the 1,200 fighters who remained from a terrorist force once estimated at more than 12,000 began on May 10.

Operation Lion’s Roar, in which the Iraqi army combined forces with the Americans’ 3rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment, has already resulted in the death of Abu Khalaf, the Al-Qaeda leader, and the capture of more than 1,000 suspects.

How significant will victory in Mosul be?  The American commander in the region, Gen. Mark Hertling, calls it “the irreversible point”.  It will deprive AQ of an urban base and put them at the mercy of tribal leaders in the countryside.  For the terrorists, that means certain death — which will likely force them to find a way out of Iraq without further incident.

Maliki has declared that the terrorist siege of Baghdad and Iraq has collapsed.  He blamed unnamed foreign nations for funding the terrorist wave against his nation, and hailed the new Iraqi Army for its tenacity against the radicals of all stripes.  While he kept his praise to the Iraqis, the unspoken truth is that the IA could never have survived it without the Bush administration’s shift in strategy and tactics in January 2007, and without George Bush’s tenacity in insisting that we stay and finish the job in Iraq.

And what have we won?  AQ has sustained an unmitigated defeat in Iraq.  They have lost tens of thousands of recruits and fighters, men that would have otherwise volunteered for other missions in which they didn’t have to face the American military.  They have lost their supposedly divine endorsement; why would Allah have called them to action, just to see them destroyed by the infidels?  The sheer bloodthirstiness of their actions in Iraq have exposed them as drug-driven demons, not righteous jihadists.

The Times of London has this right: the victory in Mosul gives the West the most spectacular victory of the war.  Too bad the American media missed it.  (via Instapundit)


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Wow! I just went to the top of this thread and did a find on “MB4” and I got 12 hits, thats 12 before I even got the “MB4” from my first comment. This is becoming a very strange place. Of course most of them were from Tap, tap, tap McGooey. Follow him at your own peril as that is surly a tap, tap, tap path to ruin.

MB4 on July 6, 2008 at 6:29 PM

I don’t like the word “irreversible.” If history proves anything, it proves that there is nothing so well done that it cannot be screwed up before it is finished. It is on this firm foundation that the Donks place all their hopes.

njcommuter on July 6, 2008 at 6:29 PM

MB4: just another Anti-American/Pro-Jihadi Leftist Traitor Democratic Nutbag (TM); nothing to see here, move one…

Dale in Atlanta on July 6, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Well you are 0 for 6, Dale, so I sure hope that you are not allowed around any potentially dangerous equipment.

MB4 on July 6, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Defeating the worthless, gelded traitors in the absolutely worthless Democrat Party is the other half.

NoDonkey on July 6, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Right on brother!!! You and I sure think alike.

The war is going extremely well. You’d never know it from the defeatist surrender talk of the cut and run surrender monkey democrats and their fifth-columnist uber left-wing media allies, but the fact is that the Iraq War has been and is a roaring success by every meaningful standard. I often listen to a radio program to which active-duty service personnel frequently call in, and I can tell you that the optimism, confidence and morale that I hear in their voices truly is sky high.

The only one recurring sour note comes from the realization that if not for the aid and comfort provided to the Al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq by the America-hating liberals and democrats in this country, our boys job would likely at this point be all but finished, ready to hand things off to the Iraqi army, the Iraqi police and the Iraqi government, and all set to board those ships and planes for their eagerly awaited trip home.

When I think of the needless deaths and suffering our boys have had to endure as a direct result of the machinations of the democrats who want to surrender just as soon as they can, it is very, very difficult for me to contain the intense anger and outrage I feel. In fact, I’m all set to volunteer as an interrogator at Guantanamo – just so long as I’m permitted to take a couple of plane loads of democrats down there with me.

FeralCat on July 6, 2008 at 6:40 PM

Well I see MB4, that you are the same pompous ass, conceited prick that you have always been.
You really think you found your name 12 times because people like you? Or because you are popular?

Again as always, you prick don’t even respond to the debate at hand, instead you pose some off beat, left field insert that makes as much sense as a screen door on a submarine trap door and resort to calling all other commentators, who challenge you, any names you choose.

Who do you think I learned from to call you names, you jack ass?

Thanks for your service in the Vietnam War but please go back to your ward now.. I think it’s your bedtime.

Mcguyver on July 6, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Mcguyver you are embarrassing yourself.

OakLeaf on July 6, 2008 at 7:12 PM

OakLeaf on July 6, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Do you have a camera on my monitor?

I feel pretty good because I’m not trying to make friends in here.

Mcguyver on July 6, 2008 at 7:19 PM

The Times of London has this right: the victory in Mosul gives the West the most spectacular victory of the war. Too bad the American media missed it.

The media have not missed it… They are willfully, artfully, ignoring it until November.

darkpixel on July 6, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Mcguyver you are embarrassing yourself.

OakLeaf on July 6, 2008 at 7:12 PM

3 posts since you’ve joined. The first a crack about Spanish when you joined, the 2nd in a “test” in the same thread MB4 commented and now here sounding remarkably like MB4. Curious.

TheBigOldDog on July 6, 2008 at 8:11 PM

The only one recurring sour note comes from the realization that if not for the aid and comfort provided to the Al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq by the America-hating liberals and democrats in this country, our boys job would likely at this point be all but finished, ready to hand things off to the Iraqi army, the Iraqi police and the Iraqi government, and all set to board those ships and planes for their eagerly awaited trip home.

Absolutely.

Defeating the terrorists is easy, compared to defeating the far more dangerous Democrats.

A traitor in your own home is far more dangerous than a home invader outside of it. The Democrat traitors open our back door and openly encourage the homeland invaders, all due to their hatred for this country.

Without the Democrats, the terrorists would have had no hope whatsoever.

NoDonkey on July 6, 2008 at 8:43 PM

Kill them and then feed them to pigs.
SouthernGent on July 6, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Cast swine before swine?

maverick muse on July 6, 2008 at 8:55 PM

anonymousdrivel recycles (banners, t-shirts)

Bush’s motto:

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

maverick muse on July 6, 2008 at 8:58 PM

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

maverick muse on July 6, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Indeed. The carrier that was posted on was about to enter its home port having acomplished its mission: participating in deposing Saddam. Why that’s bothersome to some I can’t imagine.

Akzed on July 6, 2008 at 9:32 PM

The media have not missed it… They are willfully, artfully, ignoring it until November.

darkpixel on July 6, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Exactly. And they will blare the victory with trumpets as soon as they feel they can falsely accredit it to Obama.

Blacklake on July 6, 2008 at 9:37 PM

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

The mission will not be accomplished until our Capitol is no longer befouled by members of the Democrat Party, the DNC HQ is foreclosed upon and Barack Obama goes back to whatever country he came from.

NoDonkey on July 6, 2008 at 9:40 PM

The American media did not miss it.

Helloyawl on July 6, 2008 at 11:50 PM

For those of us who knew that with the right tactics and the will do carry through our forces and the Iraqis could accomplish anything…. including beating back AQ and stopping the Civil War.

Yakko77 on July 6, 2008 at 11:52 PM

And yet the Dims still insist that Iraq is still a disaster. We need to stay in Iraq, especially if it is secured, if only to contain Iran. Iraq needs us there–a free and prosperous society on the doorstep of Iran will be intolerable to them, and they will do everything they can to disrupt Iraq.

Nobody seems to have told the Iraqi’s this as they are already making noises about asking us to leave at the end of the year, when the UN resolution authorising our presence in Iraq expires.

flenser on July 6, 2008 at 11:57 PM

And yet the Dims still insist that Iraq is still a disaster. We need to stay in Iraq, especially if it is secured, if only to contain Iran. Iraq needs us there–a free and prosperous society on the doorstep of Iran will be intolerable to them, and they will do everything they can to disrupt Iraq.

Obambi needs to be defeated if only for the sake of our strategic position in the middle east.

BryanS on July 6, 2008 at 1:10 PM

This is an excellent summary of the situation. We must stay in Iraq, in order to continue to drain the swamp and bring stability to the Middle East. The program that George W. Bush embarked upon six years ago is a long-term one. Elect Obambi and a filibuster-proof Democrat Congress, and this program will collapse.

I hope enough readers will wade through the silly personal nonsense in this thread to get to BryanS’s excellent post.

MrLynn on July 6, 2008 at 11:59 PM

We must stay in Iraq

What if Iraq does not agree?

flenser on July 7, 2008 at 12:03 AM

Kill them quick before they surrender and demand to be taken to Guantamano and their lawyers.

rakofgor on July 7, 2008 at 12:57 AM

This is awesome news.

I am almost in disbelief as to how well Iraq is going these days.

WisCon on July 7, 2008 at 1:05 AM

Since technology has made it impossible to have unknown soldiers anymore and therefore monuments to them, we may have to switch to building monuments to the Unknown Victory, the ones the media refuses to acknowledge no matter how obvious it becomes.

Tantor on July 7, 2008 at 1:47 AM

If Obama,Mr. Change,Mr. Hope,Mr. superior judgment,had gotten his way by leaving Saddam in power and then when the war seemed lost voting against the surge,there would be no:

Victory against al-qaeda in their central front on the War
on Terror(and please don’t trot out that tired line about
al-qaeda not being there until we got there.Zarqawi was there and had already launched attacks against Jordan from Iraq before we invaded).

Victory against Sadr’s militia.

Political and Social reconciliation between Shia,Sunni,and Kurds.

90% decrease in violence.

Economic progress in oil contracts and other local business’s.

Millions of Iraqi children and women going to school who had no opportunity to get an education under Saddam.

Hospitals,water treatment plants,electricity and other basic services for ALL of Iraq instead of just Baghdad and the Sunni Triangle.

Ending Hundreds of Thousands of Iraqis Tortured,raped,and mass graves filled with victims of Saddams wars,and use of WMDs.

Iraq no longer maintaining their WMD program waiting for the UN to back off so that they could reconstitute their biological and chemical arsenal.

Iraq no longer funding and supporting terrorism world wide.

Iraq now an ally with the west in the War on Terror instead
of a major player in world wide terrorism.

If the anti-war democrats like Obama had their way,Saddam would be more powerful and dangerous than ever.

If the democrats that voted for war than sold out their country and stabbed the American Soldier in the back for political advancement had their way of immediate withdrawal and opposing the surge (Obama again),than al-qaeda and Iran
would be celebrating their victory against America in Iraq.

Let there be no doubt,Obama and his democratic idiots in Congress possess neither the leadership or judgment to run this country and make competent foreign policy decisions.

Baxter Greene on July 7, 2008 at 1:50 AM

On the cusp of the “most spectacular” victory against Al-Qaeda

Bill and Ted’s Most Spectacular Adventure

Al-Qaeda’s dwindling band of fighters has made a defiant “last stand” …

And may they all die a horrible death, huddled together in one house, knowing allah has betrayed them. One JDAM and it’s all over.

A huge operation to crush the 1,200 fighters who remained from a terrorist force once estimated at more than 12,000 began on May 10.

Wow, from 12,000 down to 1,200? And the Donks declare this war ‘lost’? Judgement we can believe in?

Operation Lion’s Roar, in which the Iraqi army combined forces with the
Americans’ 3rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment,

Go Limey Jr.!

… has already resulted in the death of Abu Khalaf, the Al-Qaeda leader, and the capture of more than 1,000 suspects.

What? CAPUTERED? I thought islamic ‘warriors’ prefer death?

Tony737 on July 7, 2008 at 4:55 AM

It’s time to Gloat.

Every single one of us, who have been supporting this War since the very beginning need to now STAND UP and LAUGH IN THE FACES OF EVERYONE WHO EVER DOUBTED THE AWESOME MIGHT OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY.

I resigned my position as Senior Aide to US Congressman Ron Paul in 2003, over his opposition to the War in Iraq. My boss of 12 years was vehemently opposed to Bush’s intervention and to even fighting back against Al Qaeda.

I feel greatly, greatly vindicated. Yes, it was a little shaky there for a while, 2005/2006/early 2007. It looked like we might be defeated and that the Leftists would be proven right that the War was a “Disaster.” But now the tables have turned.

Everyone here at HotAir.com, find your nearest Leftist (and even those in the Anti-War wing of the libertarian and isolationist paleo-conservative movements), and SCREAM AND YELL AT THEM AS LOUD AS POSSIBLE: YOU WERE WRONG!! Patreaus was right. The Surge worked. We’ve won the War in Iraq, and what a GLORIOUS AND SWEET VICTORY IT IS!!!

Eric Dondero, Publisher
Libertarian Republican blog

Fmr. Senior Aide, US Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX)
1997-2003

P.S. Newsbusters is reporting this morning that even John Murtha has finally admitted that he was wrong, and the War in Iraq is “going well.”

ericdondero on July 7, 2008 at 6:35 AM

This is good news, but I’m suspicious of how easy they roled into Mosul.

The 12k count of AQI was from gathered intel and based on the number of AQI killed and captured its a conservative number. Just read the MNF-I website and there are a couple others keeping count.

I have been saying for months that the bad guys are all done and that our guys are mopping them up. They will continue to do so.

Now if we had only managed to do this a couple years ago.

dogsoldier on July 7, 2008 at 8:49 AM

Why is no one propsing a fairness doctrine for print and television media…make it illegal for the fear peddling, hate mongering, racist, sexist liberal media not to offer as many positive stories as negative ones. See Becker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS_O-BOYsBs …this should be assigned watching for all liberals.

PatriotPete on July 7, 2008 at 10:08 AM

PatriotPete on July 7, 2008 at 10:08 AM

That is because the so-called media believe themselves to be FAIR already. Otherwise, we would have gotten Air America type to represent the libs, Murtha/Pelosi type the middle, and Hillary as the representation on the right.

Anybody doesn’t fit into this mold is on the ‘far-right’.

Sir Napsalot on July 7, 2008 at 11:19 AM

On the cusp of the “most spectacular” victory against Al-Qaeda

This has gotta be driving the DemOrats insane.

byteshredder on July 7, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Great. Now we can get back to that pesky resurgent Taleban that we routed several years ago.

I wonder how long we will play monkey in the middle between Iraq and Afghanistan for the Mohammedans?

awake on July 7, 2008 at 1:10 PM

This is awesome news.

I am almost in disbelief as to how well Iraq is going these days.

WisCon on July 7, 2008 at 1:05 AM

I have to say I agree 100%.

I was never a particularly strong supporter of this war, although I do understand in theory why it had to be done. I still wonder in looking back at this war (which unfortunately isn’t over yet, we’ve fucked up the end game before)and examining it from a historical perspective, if we can see where we did go wrong. There were mis-steps, there were things that certainly could have been done better, and although we may need to take an evening to celebrate, unfortunately, in this climate, I’m afraid the next morning it will be back to the war room…and hopefully we will have learned a thing or 2 about fighting this kind of war in this region.

I’ll say now what I said at the beginning…Shock and Awe all the time. Always with an overwhelming presence of military might. That is how you control the theater, that is how you win wars.

beefytee on July 7, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Both Osama AND Obama have gotten their chestnuts roasted over the hot coals in Iraq!

Hey Barry Hussein, it looks like the US and Iraqi militaries are effecting change in Iraq and giving hope to Iraqis! Too bad it is not the hope and change you’ve been spraying; which is neither for them. Not to worry though I hear your friends down in Columbia, you know FARC, are still trying to promote your brand of hope and change….sorry to hear about their recent setbacks though. Perhaps a change in uniform would help lift their spirits. Have them try these on:

http://www.thoseshirts.com/reagan.html

Bubba Redneck on July 7, 2008 at 4:19 PM

AQ in Iraq [AQI] are but a minor inconvenience, basically a burr under the blanket. To be a successful guerilla force they must “swim among the people like fish in the sea”. None of the real players in this game give a damn about “them ferners”! Just as they give a damn about US.

As I have posted yea these many months, years even. It’s the Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, now there’s the rub, folks… You only dismiss 1500 years of animosity, mayhem, murder and religious feuding at your peril.

Those particular problems will persist if we stay there till hell freezes over; as Saint Mc has defined his approach to the war…

New thinking and change is long past due! Seven plus years of same olde, same olde, just doesn’t make it any mo!

J_Gocht on July 7, 2008 at 6:09 PM

The SURGE is working…!
Not so FAST…!

Well hell…that’s if you can believe the GOVMINT…?

J_Gocht on July 7, 2008 at 6:17 PM

New thinking and change is long past due! Seven plus years of same olde, same olde, just doesn’t make it any mo!

J_Gocht on July 7, 2008 at 6:09 PM

I would prefer that Sen. Obama spend the next seven years plus studying and reading before he proposes any more “changes”.

RushBaby on July 7, 2008 at 6:56 PM

McCain needs to get out in front of this, not so much to claim credit for suggesting the surge, but to give credit to Petraeus and Bush for following the strategy, as well as to Maliki for (finally) coming through when given the chance.

Then he needs to run a “what if” scenario about “what if” we had followed Mr. Judgment to Lead’s strategy of pulling all our troops out between January 2007 and March 2008, BEFORE the Anbar Awakening and the victories in Diyala and BEFORE Maliki had the courage to taken on Sadr in Basra and Sadr City (with our help)–how many Iraqi civilians would have been killed by Al Qaeda and Sadr and the Iranians by now? Vietnam, only replace Saigon by Baghdad and the Vietcong by Iran?

Then ask who do we want answering the White House phone at 3 AM when Iran starts to attack, McCain, or the guy who answered “That’s me!” when President Bush said that “some people” think they can talk terrorists into backing down?

Steve Z on July 7, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Finally. Can we start naming some grand square in Bagdad after George W. Bush?

Meanwhile, Maliki wants to cut and run:

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki raised the prospect on Monday of setting a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops as part of negotiations over a new security agreement with Washington.

freevillage on July 7, 2008 at 10:42 PM

Iraq insists on withdrawal timetable.

Well now, isn’t that a kick in the genitals’…?
Then again, President Bush said…

”…we will withdraw American forces from Iraq if the new government that is elected…” asked him to do so…

J_Gocht on July 8, 2008 at 11:28 AM