Pajamas Media Network Blogger Bill Roggio has been on the ground in Iraq for two months with US troops. Repeating — his is on the ground with troops out in the country…. not on a balcony at a hotel in Baghdad.
His reporting is excellent and provides needed insight into what is really happening — versus what the public is told is happening by the Left Wing Media. Bill posted his latest on Thursday, following the President’s call for reinforcements to go to Iraq.
The Greatest Enemy Is The Time – BillRoggio.com
When I talk to American troops about Iraq, their greatest concern isn’t for their safety, but they are worried the American public has given up on the war before they can complete their mission.
American troops watch the news and follow the debate in real time. They will tell you the war they see on television isn’t the war they are fighting. To the troops, the war as portrayed on television is oversimplified and digested into sound bites. The soldiers are portrayed as victims and the violence is grossly exaggerated.
Inside Fallujah, there is no U.S. Marine or Army presence, save the members of the Police and Military Transition Teams – small, 15 to 20 man teams that are embedded within the police and Army units. I embedded as a reporter with both the Police and Military Transition Teams in Fallujah.
As brave as the American Marines are, their Iraqi counterparts outshine them. The police, who are local to the city, are specifically targeted by insurgents. Since the late sumer, 21 Iraqi police were murdered by insurgents. Their families are regularly threatened with violence.
Nationwide, the Iraqi Army and Police clearly are not ready to fight the insurgents and militias on their own. Baghdad and Ramadi are clearly two cities where the police and Army would collapse without U.S. backing. But the police and soldiers in Fallujah believe they can. Pride, courage and fighting spirit are certainly traits these soldiers do not lack. They will need time to develop the capacity to fight on their own, and time is the one commodity the West seems to be short of.
If you have any sincere interest in knowing the truth, and if you sincerely do want to “support the troops” (and don’t just use that phrase as a convenient talking point), then read Bill’s whole piece.