Totten in Anbar

Michael J. Totten has done incredible work reporting from Iraq. I highly recommend his latest, Anbar Awakens Part II: Hell is Over. There’s so much in his story, but I was particularly moved by this passage:

The Iraqis of Anbar Province turned against Al Qaeda and sided with the Americans in large part because Al Qaeda proved to be far more vicious than advertised. But it’s also because sustained contact with the American military – even in an explosively violent combat zone –convinced these Iraqis that Americans are very different people from what they had been led to believe. They finally figured out that the Americans truly want to help and are not there to oppress them or steal from them. And the Americans slowly learned how Iraqi culture works and how to blend in rather than barge in.
“We hand out care packages from the U.S. to Iraqis now that the area has been cleared of terrorists,” one Marine told me. “When we tell them that some of these packages aren’t from the military or the government, that they were donated by average American citizens in places like Kansas, people choke up and sometimes even cry. They just can’t comprehend it. It is so different from the lies they were told about us and how we’re supposed to be evil.”

Is there any doubt that our American military is filled with the best our nation has to offer?

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Tom W
Tom W
16 years ago

>>Is there any doubt that our American military is filled with the best our nation has to offer?
Only within the Democrat Party and its MoveOn funders, both of which continue to harbor a post-Vietnam, Bill Clinton-like “loathing” of the military … while though they’ve mostly recognized that it advances their agenda better to not utter their thoughts in public, the MoveOn “Betrayus” showed their true colors.
It’s easy to imagine them pondering every foreign policy challenge with the internal question: “What would ‘Hanoi Jane’ Fonda do/”

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