Monday, April 14, 2008
A reader in Basra writes:
I just wanted to give you a bit of a non-classified update on things here. Despite what most of the clueless media outlets are saying, things are headed in the right direction. There has been no cease-fire, and frankly, I don't entirely understand how that assumption came about. The locals, including tribal leaders, are generally supportive of the operation and the Iraqi government. They know this is their chance to get rid of the thugs. One snag occured with weapons surrender: rather than comply in an orderly manner, militia members have been throwing weapons in the river and out in the streets before the ISF moves into a neighborhood.
I cannot comment on troop movements and other assets, but I will say that I am gratified with what the US is doing. The British have been completely marginalized, though. I would look for an eventual, low-key exit by the Brits covered by talk of concentrating on Afghanistan. ...
The behaviour of certain Democrats towards Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker was really hard to stomach, wasn't it? It is especially disgusting when one is working over here and seeing the positive results.
04/14 08:28 AM