For all the doom and gloom you hear from the media, other bloggers, and certain “peace” groups, you’d think Iraq is slipping into a Stone Age quagmire where American troops commit atrocities and terrorists are slaughtering Iraqis and Americans by the hundreds. But it just isn’t true. Every report I hear from an actual American soldier serving in Iraq paints a completely different picture. Not just a little different, but 180 degrees off from how the press is portraying the situation. For instance, take this letter from a Marine major serving in Baghdad. He points to specific instances of how what’s really happening is different from how it’s being reported.
So, you may hear analysts and prognosticators on CNN, ABC and the like in the next few days talking about how bleak the situation is here in Iraq, but from where I sit, it’s looking significantly better now than when I got here. The momentum is moving in our favor, and all Americans need to know that, so please, please, pass this on to those who care and will pass it on to others. It is very demoralizing for us here in uniform to read & hear such negativity in our press. It is fodder for our enemies to use against us and against the vast majority of Iraqis who want their new government to succeed.
Despite what the Loony Left would want you to believe (and they sincerely hope), we are not losing in Iraq and it is not a distraction from the War on Terror.
Retired Gen. Tommy Franks makes a good point in his new book. He says that wars do not always go your way, mistakes are always made, and they tend to be messy. If they were easy, then we’d have a lot more of them. But in the end, those who stay the course and overcame the mistakes and obstacles can prevail.