Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Miracle in Ramadi

More good news from Iraq, by the German paper Der Spiegel:

Since June, Ramadi residents have only known the war from
televison. Indeed, US military officials at the Baghdad headquarters of
Operation Iraqi Freedom often have trouble believing their eyes when they read
the reports coming in from their units in Ramadi these days. Exploded car bombs:
zero. Detonated roadside bombs: zero. Rocket fire: zero. Grenade fire: zero.
Shots from rifles and pistols: zero. Weapons caches discovered: dozens.
Terrorists arrested: many.

Here's my favorite quote from the story-"Ramadi is an irritating contradiction of almost everything the world thinks it knows about Iraq -- it is proof that the US military is more successful than the world wants to believe."

So as it appears General Petraeus strategy is a rowsing success. As Michael Yon says "Petraeus may well prove to be to counterinsurgency warfare what Patton was to tank battles with Rommel,or what Churchill was to the Nazis".