Arrowhead Ripper

Thursday, June 21, 2007
Yon again:
Nobody is dropping leaflets asking them to surrender. Our guys want to kill them, and that’s the plan.

A positive indicator on the 19th and the 20th is that most local people apparently are happy that al Qaeda is being trapped and killed. Civilians are pointing out IEDs and enemy fighters, so that’s not working so well for al Qaeda. Clearly, I cannot do a census, but that says something about the locals.

Bill Roggio has a lot more. This is certainly the most important operation undertaken within the past two years and there is one (1) MSM reporter on site in Baquba? Looking around a bit, it appears that the propaganda organs of the Democratic Party are still focused upon providing support for the Dem's AQ allies. The headlines are all pointing at our losses without mention of the fact that a heavy and wide offensive has begun.

It's a shame that CNN and the others aren't embedded with AQ forces. That's where they belong and the new ROE would give them an entirely different perspective, albeit, for a very short time.


MeaninglessHotAir said...

Thanks for keeping us informed Rick. This is indeed extremely important and almost completely ignored by our seditious media.

Luther McLeod said...

Same here Rick. My local fishwrap and mention only the tragic deaths of our troops. But nothing more that might give a hint that 'big doings' are occuring. Why you'd almost think they have an agenda. As in the locus of their political contributions.

chuck said...

Gordon in the NY Times has only a short report in the paper with the heading "Sectarian Fears Percolate in an Iraqi Town", which is just a small vignette, no larger story of what is going on. The other article is titled "14 Americans Are Killed in Combat in 2 Days". And that's it, and nothing on the front page in the net edition except the titles, and they are inconspicuous. I suppose the fighting falls in the category of administration propaganda as far as the NY Times is concerned.

What I find most curious is that the media seems to have been caught by surprise. Yon wrote that he had known about the plan for a month, but it seems few other journalists were aware of the coming battle. I wonder if this was deliberate on the part of the military -- after all, they told the Iraqis that the operation would kick off two days later than it did -- or simply lack of contact and interest by the media.

And I think what Yon said still holds: few in the media understand how big this operation is. Maybe the media is being circumspect for once... nah, I find that hard to believe. I wonder how Gordon lucked out? Perhaps he was the only one who accepted an invitation.