January 12, 2007
"The last best hope for success"
Will the troop surge work? I think it will. Looking at it from a logistical point of view, there are currently about 13,000 troops in Baghdad, a crime-ridden war zone. Baghdad has an area of about 254 square miles and approximately 5,800,000 residents. Compare that to New York City with 303 square miles and 8,104,000 residents. NYC also has a police force of 37,000 for a city that is not at war with anyone. Sending in 17,000 more troops to Baghdad and dividing them between the 9 boroughs will provide - finally - enough manpower to clean out some of the deeply rooted insurgency and provide security for the civilian residents who want the same things that you and I do - to live, work, play, and worship in peace and security.
And, I have good reason to think that it will work. In August 2004, my son who served with 1/7 Marines left for his second deployment to Iraq - this time to the Syrian border town of Husaybah. The town was a hellhole - deeply rooted insurgency and the 200 Marines of Baker Company held it for 7 months. They saw action every time they went out, but with limited troop strength, they were unable to make much headway. Even so, they gradually gained the trust and cooperation of the townspeople.
When 1/7 returned home, they left the city in the hands of an entire battalion. Additional Army forces were brought in and in November 2005, Operation Steel Curtain cleaned the town. For 17 days, US and Iraqi troops worked side by side, house by house, systematically cleaning out the cities of Husaybah, Karabilah and Ubaydi. they selaed the border to prevent al Queda reinforcements from filtering across. And, it worked.
1/7 Baker Company returned to Husaybah in February 2006. My son reported that it was a different place. Kids played on the streets. Women could walk to the market without fear. And, our Marines continued to work hand in hand with Iraqi soldiers to maintain security and tranquility. It wasn't a perfect place to live. But it was a major turnaround.
Unfortunately, examples like that one are routinely ignored by politicians and media bent on grim predictions of failure. Cassandra has multiple examples of this over at Villainous Company today:
After the President's historic speech Wednesday night, the media rushed to demonstrate they would pay any price and bear any burden to assure the defeat of his proposal. Those who expected some attempt at balance or open mindedness were sadly mistaken. CBS's Dick Meyer spent six or seven paragraphs ramming home the point: the President is completely alone. Newsweek's Howard Fineman couldn't quite manage to control his contempt, "George W. Bush spoke with all the confidence of a perp in a police lineup." Sheryl Stolberg seized the opportunity to remind readers the President was sElected, not elected before making a series of misleading statements.
Selective memory. It's easy when you have nothing more to lose than an election. President Bush reminded us of that yesterday when he spoke to soldiers at Fort Benning:
On September the 11th, our nation saw firsthand the destructive vision of a new kind of enemy, and once again the men and women of Fort Benning answered the call to protect our country from that enemy. You know, I knew that right after the attacks, the American psyche being what it is, people would tend to forget the grave threat posed by these people. I knew that. As a matter of fact, I was hoping that would happen so that life would go on. But the fortunate thing for this country is that those who wear the uniform have never forgotten the threat. You understand the stakes.
High stakes indeed. But I've heard overwhelming support for the troop surge from both the troops and their families - those who have a huge personal interest. Here's a letter to Nancy Pelosi from USMCR Captain Michael Hendrickson who is preparing for upcoming deployment, and has more at stake in this fight than any of us here at home:
Dear Madame Speaker,
Unfortunately, the viewpoints of those who have the most to lose are of little interest to those who have staked their political careers on losing in Iraq. Captain Hendrickson deserves the unconditional support of Pelosi, Kennedy, and all other nay-sayers in Congress who are betting on failure, and drawing up non-binding resolutions of troop non-support.
Success happened in Fallujah. It happened in Husaybah. It can happen in Baghdad too. And I'm betting on success in Baghdad rather than settling for failure.
Posted by Deb at January 12, 2007 05:40 PM
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