Video: Mullen tours Mosul, Sadr City

posted at 7:30 pm on July 8, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Admiral Mike Mullen took a tour of Iraq’s former no-go zones this week, including Mosul and Sadr City, to review progress over the last six months. General Mark Hertling declared al-Qaeda “defeated” in the doctrinal sense, but noted that we had more work to do to “destroy” the terrorists. The stroll through Sadr City with the media shows just how much the situation has changed:

Just weeks ago, American soldiers couldn’t even appear in Sadr City without it being considered a provocation. When Nouri al-Maliki took Sadr City from Moqtada al-Sadr’s control, he had to keep US troops out of the fighting to keep it from escalating into a full-scale battle. Less than three months later, American patrols and civilians can navigate openly through Sadr City without incident, and apparently without anyone much caring.

That’s progress, significant and obvious. Mullen will see much to please him, and to please those who want the US and the West to prevail over terrorists and oppressors.

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And Barry thought the surge would have the opposite effect (chaos)………that’s SOME judgement folks!!

omnipotent on July 8, 2008 at 7:41 PM

This is horrible. Don’t they know we’ve lost the war?

Cicero43 on July 8, 2008 at 7:55 PM

Ah yes, the Dems’ worst nightmare…a stable Iraq just before the elections.


flipflop on July 8, 2008 at 7:59 PM

With the Code Pinko’s all quite on the anti war
protest western front,it sure smells of victory!

Remarks from info babe are positively telling!

“Its like night and day”.

“Quite Stunning”

Now with this statement.

“From using the doctrinal term,yes it has been defeated,ah
we have a long way to destroy them,and thats the important

In which,we all know,Reid will still say,

“All is lost”

canopfor on July 8, 2008 at 8:01 PM

We are proud of holding this presidents feet to the fire, making him make the difficult choices. When Gen. Patreus was with us, we in under no certain terms demanded this progress, and he delivered what we had asked for. It is now apparent that us intervening has prevented the war to continue in it’s obvious chaotic state. I have said that I would assess the situation when I got to Iraq, and I can say now that the assessment, due to our diligence at home, has began to lead us to victory. We will be able to meet the timetable that I have stated, it is my proud moment that I can truthfully say that the Congress has done its job of taking over the leadership of this conflict. I will continue to work with congress and we will begin bringing our men home with victory. This administration has learned a lesson, the other side of the aisle can manage a conflict, and that change is what is bringing our men home. Change in commanders, change in tactics, and there will be change in leadership come this fall….Obama speech on the eve of his overseas trip.

right2bright on July 8, 2008 at 8:02 PM

Yet most people in the world still think we’ve lost this war, thanks to the enemedia.

Tony737 on July 8, 2008 at 8:03 PM

But don’t the folks in Sadr City know that we must retreat now???

MsUnderestimated on July 8, 2008 at 8:05 PM

You’re a liar. I didn’t see this on CNN, or hear about it on Daily Kos.

Virus-X on July 8, 2008 at 8:05 PM

I will be happy when the soldiers can come home knowing they got the job done.

Terrye on July 8, 2008 at 8:09 PM

I think these guys need to talk to Harry Reid… Apparently they didn’t get the memo that we lost the war a long time ago.

Claypigeon on July 8, 2008 at 8:12 PM

And Barry thought the surge would have the opposite effect (chaos)………that’s SOME judgement folks!! – Omnipotent

Judgement to lead … us right into defeat.

Tony737 on July 8, 2008 at 8:16 PM

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together as this on has? God Bless America.

Zorro on July 8, 2008 at 8:27 PM

Its that time again,for the gifted video pro,
to make a mother of all Liberal Democratic
montage,of the defeatest,the war is lost,

Actually,the RNC should make this as a
re-election vid,all kinds of gold to go
after the Dems! Just a thought!

Opening scene,Saddams goons running amuck
before Iraqs liberation,”Here’s the Liberal
solution to Iraq”!

Then,showing parts of the vid above,and others,

“And this is the results from Republican’s”

canopfor on July 8, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Should be Peter Pace taking that walk. Too bad the President won’t stand by his men.

Don’t ever become a political liability, Admiral, or you’ll be railroaded too.

joewm315 on July 8, 2008 at 8:32 PM

Hey Hillary, how would you like your crow cooked…………?

Seven Percent Solution on July 8, 2008 at 8:41 PM

joewm315 on July 8, 2008 at 8:32 PM

ADM Mullen was an outstanding choice, he was one of the best CNO’s we have had in 20 years. He is sharp, incisive and tactical in his approaches. Good man.

Squid Shark on July 8, 2008 at 8:51 PM


Actually I agree with both Ace and Mickey Kaus. I think they are right in pointing out that a more stable Iraq actually favors Obama rather than McCain. Ironic, bearing history in mind, but I have to agree.

Dr. Manhattan on July 8, 2008 at 9:00 PM

This war is lost. The surge is not accomplishing anything.

gzelmiami on July 8, 2008 at 9:06 PM

October 26 2006 at 07:53AM

Former United Nations chief weapons inspector Hans Blix on Wednesday described the United States-led invasion of Iraq as a “pure failure” that had left the country worse off than under the rule of Saddam Hussein.

In unusually harsh comments to Danish newspaper Politiken, the diplomatic Swede said the US government had ended up in a situation in which neither staying nor leaving Iraq were good options.

“Iraq is a pure failure,” Blix was quoted as saying. “If the Americans pull out, there is a risk that they will leave a country in civil war. At the same time, it doesn’t seem that the United States can help to stabilise the situation by staying there.”

WoosterOh on July 8, 2008 at 9:07 PM

Nah, the violence is down because the bad guys listened to Harry Reid declare that we lost. They see the Americans walk through and whisper quietly to themselves, “hehe, look at those Americans. We kicked their butts….” They say this as the warm liquid of their own piss rolls down their leg. haha

p40tiger on July 8, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Squid Shark on July 8, 2008 at 8:51 PM

So was Peter Pace, who was deemed too controversial for his connection to the war he was appointed to be in charge of. The administration decided the re-confirmation process would be too ugly.

joewm315 on July 8, 2008 at 9:27 PM

Obama is busy sewing stars and stripes on his little white flag at this very moment.

(Gotta CHANGE quick when your Messianic predictions of doom utterly fail.)

profitsbeard on July 8, 2008 at 9:38 PM

We will..we will rock you!

dmann on July 8, 2008 at 10:27 PM

Semper Fi.

Johan Klaus on July 8, 2008 at 10:41 PM

If you want to see Freedom,just look wherever the American
Soldier has been.

God bless our troops,General Petraeus,and President Bush.

Baxter Greene on July 8, 2008 at 10:47 PM

If you want to see Freedom,just look wherever the American
Soldier has been.

The most profound observation evah!

dmann on July 8, 2008 at 11:01 PM

joewm315 on July 8, 2008 at 9:27 PM

Yes. . They are all great men Tommy Franks. Rumsfelt,
Pace and so many more. Can’t say enough good things
about them. GW and company didn’t do too bad either.
Give-em a break . No one else will

Texyank on July 9, 2008 at 12:21 AM


I have to partially agree with. Pace and the others of past were all good leaders that did their job called during their time.

We cannot allow the illusion that Petreaus is a miracle worker who would if in charge gotten the same results some 4 years ago. It it just not true and will run the danger of setting bad presidents that future leaders will interpret as continuous leadership changes in the middle of conflict will garner a miracle (many a dictator can be looked to how this mentality is a recipe of failure/defeat).

The Petreaus plan did bring the final fatal blow but don’t be deceived that the 4 yrs of grinding insurgency warfare did not set the field for that fatal blow. Insurgencies are based allot on moral and hope both in our forces to hold heart and our enemy will to continue (why many of us have harped so hard on the media and Bush’s lack of rally ability).

Before Petraeus there was 4 years of war that taught our enemy lesson after lesson.
1. They could not face US troops straight up
2. They could not face US convoys straight up
3. IED’s while at first effective against US troops/convoys were overcome with tactics, counter action, and Military Professionalism of the US soldier
4. They could not face IA troops straight up
5. Years of killing civilians just to get a spot on the morning doom and gloom news of the infidels while good at degrading US gen pop moral (with ME collusion)showed the common Iraqi and Arab Muslim in general the true face of terrorism and its evils.

6. Contrary to what Hollywood portrayed(every fourth American male was not gay and the others were not degenerate criminals). Contrary to what the ME told them (doom gloom the US gen pop will Vietnam this war anytime now maybe today). They were forced to learn that the majority of American gen pop were good red blooded working people who loved their nation and were not willing to lose a war just because it was not easy.

These lessons set the table for Petraues to implement his plan that flipped the dissolutioned, killed the hardcores, and with the troop increase hit on multiple fronts at once to cause a fatality by rapid multiple strikes.

Stay the Course may have been cheesy and a half hearted inept attempt to rally the people by a pres but it short it made the Petraeus plan possible.

C-Low on July 9, 2008 at 12:41 AM

And the Iraqi people would not have been willing to help like they have recently, had they not gone through the violence from al Queda. These tactics would probably not have had the same success 3 years ago that they did 1 year ago.

exhelodrvr on July 9, 2008 at 12:59 AM

“The administration decided the re-confirmation process would be too ugly.”

That is a valid reason, if there is someone else available who will do as good a job.

exhelodrvr on July 9, 2008 at 1:00 AM

The saddest part of this article is that FOX is the ONLY TV network covering the visit.

hpk1942 on July 9, 2008 at 10:45 AM