21st April 2010
Since some of our filmmakers, book-writers, journalists, peacenik nutters, commenters and political analysts continue to hound Tony Blair (though not George W Bush to anything like the same extent) for his and Britain’s involvement in Iraq, I have a suggestion. Before we peace ‘n’ loving ‘caring’ citizens arrest and charge the guy, then drag him to The Hague, after which formalities we’ll hang him or show some compassion and let him off with a touch of everyday liberal torture (as he clearly deserves) it’s worth dropping this information into the mix.
It’s an article by Fox’s Mike Baker, a former CIA agent. In my humble opinion we Brits, should still be helping the Americans to help the Iraqi people. Instead, once Blair was safely disposed of, Gordon Brown took his usual weasely way out – his hands-off Tony’s War – game. We made as speedy an exit as was decent. In Basra the guidance and assistance of our forces was legendary and largely appreciated. Our departure from Basra was hugely controversial. We were, as we still are as regards Iraq, dealing with an unsympathetic press. As with the Americans in Vietnam, if our war in Basra was lost, it was not due to military defeat, but to public opinion. Blair may have remained unbowed to the end as regards his decision and God knows he has suffered for that. But our departure was the press’s doing, not simply the populist expediency of Gordon Brown, the man who wrote about “courage”.
By the way, does a ‘hole in the ground – Tikrit’ sound familiar. It is.
By Mike Baker, FOXNews.com
There’s good news in the deaths of two top terrorists in Iraq that goes beyond simply removing murderers from the planet.
Job security isn’t what it used to be for terrorists in Iraq. U.S. and Iraqi officials announced on Monday that the two top leaders of Al Qaeda in Iraq were hunted down and killed in a week long operation near Tikrit. Abu Ayyub Al-Masri, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq and his murdering cohort Abu Omar al-Baghdadi were discovered in a hole in the ground during a combined Iraqi-US military and intelligence operation. There’s a satisfying synergy to learning that these two butchers were found in a hole in the ground.
It is especially important to note that the operation’s success involved the Iraqi military and intelligence service, supported by U.S. personnel. This was not the U.S. acting on its own, or with a token level of assistance by Iraqi elements. A success story over the past couple of years has been the ability of the Iraqi military and intel organization to assume responsibility for security operations. Over the past year in particular, the Iraqis have shown an increasing ability to target and degrade the Al Qaeda in Iraq structure.
Admittedly a long time in the making, the training and building of the Iraqi forces has always been seen as a critical component of the effort to create a stable and democratic post-Hussein Iraq.
That effort has been quietly moving forward as other aspects of Iraq, notably the dysfunctional nature of its politics, have garnered more press. But all the while, with occasional frustrations and setbacks, the Iraqi forces have been gaining experience, confidence and trust.
The public has improved its perception of the home team and that has allowed further success, as the population proves more willing to work with the military in combating terrorism and violent elements. This cooperation and relative goodwill will be crucial in the comings months as continuing political discord following the recent elections will test the country’s ability to not backslide into sectarian violence.
It’s a work in progress to be sure. But there’s good news in the deaths of two top terrorists that goes beyond simply removing murderers from the planet. Its a story of hard fought success and the promise of stability for the future when the Iraqis once again are on their own.
Mike Baker served for more than 15 years as a covert field operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, specializing in counterterrorism, counternarcotics and counterinsurgency operations around the globe. Since leaving government service, he has been a principal in building and running several companies in the private intelligence, security and risk management sector and has recently returned to Diligence LLC, a company he cofounded in 2000, as President. He appears frequently in the media as an expert on counterterrorism, intelligence and homeland security. Baker is also a partner in Classified Trash, a film and television production company. Baker serves as a script consultant, writer and technical adviser within the entertainment industry, lending his expertise to such programs as the BBC’s popular spy series “Spooks,” as well as major motion pictures.
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2. As I mentioned here the other day on Iraq:
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
It would ALL have happened with or without Blair and Britain. On the bad side – insurgents would have been still murdering their own (as they continue to do to try to scare off the Americans as they have us Brits). And on the good side – democracy would still be taking strong roots in Iraq, with all that that brings. As for the ugly – we’ve got that already – our very own beloved ‘liberal’ press.
What Good stuff? For instance –
None of this, the good fallout, has anything to do with Tony Blair of course, does it?
One of these days I WILL, I promise, add another excerpt to the below. What have you done to deserve this, you might be asking. Seen Polanski’s ‘The Ghost’? Now that’s really stretching credibility gullibility.
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