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"THE WAR IS OVER AND WE WON:" Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad

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Last Edited: November 14, 2008, 10:21 pm

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Source Powerlineblog.com

November 14, 2008 Posted by John at 8:14 PM

"Michael Yon has reported more fairly, more reliably and more knowledgeably from Iraq, over a period of years, than any other journalist. So it's significant when he reports that the war in Iraq is over:

"THE WAR IS OVER AND WE WON:" Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad, and reports that things are much better than he had expected, and he had expected things to be good. "There's nothing going on. I'm with the 10th Mountain Division, and about half of the guys I'm with haven't fired their weapons on this tour and they've been here eight months. And the place we're at, South Baghdad, used to be one of the worst places in Iraq. And now there's nothing going on. I've been walking my feet off and haven't seen anything. I've been asking Iraqis, 'do you think the violence will kick up again,' but even the Iraqi journalists are sounding optimistic now and they're usually dour." There's a little bit of violence here and there, but nothing that's a threat to the general situation. Plus, not only the Iraqi Army, but even the National Police are well thought of by the populace. Training from U.S. toops has paid off, he says, in building a rapport.

He says the big problem everybody is talking about now is corruption. But hey, we have that here, too. He'll be heading to Afghanistan next week. "Afghanistan is a bad situation, but on Iraq I can't believe things have turned out so well." ..........."

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2008/11/022068.php

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November 14, 2008

Source Instapundit.com

"THE WAR IS OVER AND WE WON:" Michael Yon just phoned from Baghdad, and reports that things are much better than he had expected, and he had expected things to be good. "There's nothing going on. I'm with the 10th Mountain Division, and about half of the guys I'm with haven't fired their weapons on this tour and they've been here eight months. And the place we're at, South Baghdad, used to be one of the worst places in Iraq. And now there's nothing going on. I've been walking my feet off and haven't seen anything. I've been asking Iraqis, 'do you think the violence will kick up again,' but even the Iraqi journalists are sounding optimistic now and they're usually dour." There's a little bit of violence here and there, but nothing that's a threat to the general situation. Plus, not only the Iraqi Army, but even the National Police are well thought of by the populace. Training from U.S. toops has paid off, he says, in building a rapport.

He says the big problem everybody is talking about now is corruption. But hey, we have that here, too. He'll be heading to Afghanistan next week. "Afghanistan is a bad situation, but on Iraq I can't believe things have turned out so well."

He thinks that Obama will be able to pull troops out, and send some to Afghanistan, without creating problems in Iraq. Michael will be reporting from Afghanistan soon, and sending back video, so stay tuned. Things aren't going swimmingly there.

UPDATE: Rand Simberg: "No thanks to the Democrats, including Barack Obama and Joe Biden, who tried to keep it from happening. I see that they still can't bring themselves to utter the word 'win' with respect to the war. They continue to talk about 'ending' it. Well, it looks like George Bush did that for them, and he won it as well."  ........."

posted at 10:11 AM by Glenn Reynolds

http://www.pajamasmedia.com/instapundit/archives2/027203.php

Entry #983

Comments

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TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - November 15, 2008, 1:07 am
Does this have anything to do with the fake NY Times that was put out yesterday or the day before?
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TigerAngelComment by TigerAngel - November 15, 2008, 1:14 am
Does this have anything to do with the fake NY Times that was put out yesterday or the day before?
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konaneComment by konane - November 15, 2008, 8:23 am
Thanks TigerAngel. Doubtful if Powerline or anyone knowledgeable would rely on anything the NYT publishes, as they've engaged in several blog posts systematically point by point refuting AND correcting their "news stories" with hard cold facts. As far as Powerline goes the NYT is on the bottom of the food chain.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - November 15, 2008, 10:10 am
Thanks Konane! The US military is the finest on earth! Lets see how this gets played by the mainstream media. Congratulations to G W Bush and his fortitude against the devisive dem. left that tried to derail the war against the blood-soaked murderous terrorist regimes.
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konaneComment by konane - November 15, 2008, 11:05 am
Thanks Jarasan! Yes George Bush won the war in Iraq not president elect Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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