Friday, April 11, 2008

What your not hearing

As I said in an earlier post, things here are both better and worse than what is being reported. I say that because, while things were/are, in my opinion much worse in Basrah than the media reports (probably because they won't go down there and don't know.), things in other parts of southern Iraq are better than reported. If they are reported at all.

In several other southern Iraqi cities, the Iraqi Army, and the lesser known ISWAT units, kicked JAM's ass. In at least one town they pretty much eradicated JAM and destroyed the OMS office (the political front for JAM) where weapons were cached. That success is due to the dedicated training provided these forces by their US counterparts. I know our guys did a great job, and our "top ten" board was almost cleaned off.

While it is accepted in US media that the recent clash was a victory for Sadr, alternative analysis concludes that he is left much more isolated, both from a people tired of fighting, and from the political process. And possible from the militia itself too. This does not mean there will be more stability, it could lead to more fighting if he is weakened. Only time, not newscasters and pundits, will tell.

The Long War Journal hits on this with Ayatollah Sistani on the Mahdi Army

The move caused panic inside the Sadrist movement as their political isolation became apparent. "We, the Sadrists, are in a predicament," Hassan al Rubaie, a Sadrist member of parliament said the day the Political Council for National Security announced the plan. "Our political isolation was very clear and real during the meeting."
I am certainly not trying to cheerlead, there is a lot to be disappointed about in the recent fighting, but there needs to be better balance in reporting. As for specifics, I can't provide them here, you'll need to do your own digging. (Or buy me several rounds of Tequila when I'm home [;)

8 comments:

Hope said...

Well what you are saying matchs my digging--glad to know what I was reading wasn't bullshit--well most of it anyway. Downside to reading an ocean away (uh huh civilians don't know what a downside really IS) is factoring in the huge BS potential. It sounds like you are taking care of business. That's not a surprise. Take care Sgt. Grumpy. Still praying for you here. God keep you all safe. hope

Tin Ma'am said...

Tequila it is...

LT Nixon said...

Al-Sharqiya (Saudi Owned satellite TV) has reported that the Sadr Trend cleric that just got schwacked in Najaf was an Iranian plot! I steer clear of talking about Iran in this whole fiasco, because I'd probably land myself in the shits...but it is interesting indeed. Best to stay vague on that sensitive subject. Keep yer head down!

David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 04/11/2008 News and Personal dispatches from the front lines.

membrain said...

I'm definitely following every lead I can get to find out what's up with Mookie. Your post certainly helps. Thanks for sharing.

"D" AKA CI-Roller Dude said...

Grumpy...
The only way the press can do a better job of reporting is to get off their asses in the Green Zone where they sit and drink cold friggen beer and wait for reports from the Military to tell them what's going on.
Now, grant it, it'd take a lot of really big balls to go outside the "wire"...but there used to be reporters like that...wasn't there?
Then...there's the media that already has an idea of what they want to report.
Report the truth...which is "War is fucking horrible and people die...so you should never start one unless there is not any other choice!"
Be safe...I have beer waiting for you.

Army Sergeant said...

Tequila's on me if you roll through Germany. Though there, you'd probably rather the beer.

TacOps Security said...

Just found your blog and I am going back and reading about all your stories. Thanks for keeping us updated on the ground view. Stay safe!