Operation Arrowhead Ripper - Iraq


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Riz58
June 19, 2007, 06:22 PM
Read Michael Yon's latest dispatch for some outstanding insight into this latest assault: http://www.michaelyon-online.com/wp/be-not-afraid.htm .

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JohnL2
June 20, 2007, 08:39 AM
God, I know most people won't understand it. But I would've given anything to be in a fight like this when I was in the Army.

Marshall
June 20, 2007, 09:24 AM
Hell of an article!

It's really nice to read, from people there, positive and optimistic views of the day to day battles and the eventual outcome. If you read the internet much, even some on this site, it leaves you with the impression that many are pulling for us to loose this war.

samtechlan
June 20, 2007, 10:01 AM
No one is pulling for us to lose and the soldiers are certainly heroes but the futility of this war is that any success on our part against Sunni insurgents only helps the Shi'ite fundamentalist govt which we helped to install. The Shi'ite govt just happens to be extremely close to the neighboring Shi'ite govt. in Iran and sympathetic to the Shi'ite fundamentalist movement in Lebanon, Hezbollah. The more we beat up on the Sunnis the more powerful the Shi'ite crescent becomes. We can almost hear the Shi'ites popping the champagne (or its non-alcoholic variant) every time we launch yet another offensive against their enemies.

By comparison the South Vietnamese govt, as corrupt and incompetent as it was, was a wonderful ally.

jselvy
June 20, 2007, 10:05 AM
I really think that the mission over there ended when Saddam hit the bottom of that rope. Everything after that is really none of our business. Whenever we interfere on someone else's civil war it just brings us closer to having one of our own.

Jefferson

Titan6
June 20, 2007, 10:56 AM
I have been screaming it from the roof tops for two years: The solution needed is a political one. ALQ was not in Iraq in 2003 but they sure are now. Iraqi's are not the big problem, foreign fighters are and have been for at least two years.

But Iraq's are getting fed up and are starting to realize that all the ALQ offers them is an express elevator to hell. Hold on tight it is going to be a long hot summer and even longer fall.

ebd10
June 20, 2007, 11:46 AM
God, I know most people won't understand it. But I would've given anything to be in a fight like this when I was in the Army.


I get it.

AndyC
June 20, 2007, 12:22 PM
Get home safe, boys and girls.

MrRezister
June 20, 2007, 02:57 PM
Wow, an impressive piece. This Yon character is worth keeping an eye on, he seems really passionate, insightful, and intelligent. Thanks for posting this, I'm adding that blog to my favorites.

Marshall:
If you read the internet much, even some on this site, it leaves you with the impression that many are pulling for us to loose this war.

Bad form, Marshall. We're smart enough to recognize the difference between dissent and treason, no?

yokel
June 20, 2007, 06:15 PM
To The Troops.. Godspeed! Thank You! Words are not enough.

Waitone
June 20, 2007, 07:22 PM
Michael Yon is today's Ernie Pyle. His work is just amazing.

A true combat correspondent.

Art Eatman
June 20, 2007, 07:24 PM
Good APS topic. Not THR material, unfortunately.

Art

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