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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Listen to them!

Wounded Iraq Veteran Speaks Out!

The surge is working. Progress is being made, and even some Democrats acknowledge it, including Hillary Clinton.

Update: Saddam's #2 quits al-Qaeda, joins U.S. alliance! Bill Roggio: As Coalition and Iraq troops continue the hunt for al Qaeda throughout Iraq, a senior Baathist who years ago threw in his lot with al Qaeda has flipped. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the former vice president of Saddam’s revolutionary council and number 6 on the “deck of cards” of the 55 most wanted, has “decided to sever ties with al-Qaeda and sign up to the programme of the national resistance, which includes routing Islamist terrorists and opening up dialogue with the Baghdad government and foreign forces,” Abu Wisam al-Jashaami told Adnkronos International. “In return, for cooperating in the fight against al-Qaeda, al-Douri has asked for guarantees over his men’s safety and for an end to Iraqi army attacks on his militias.”

Update: More reality from Iraq, as reported by Michael Totten.

“When you came and liberated this country,” he continued, “Iraq had 25 million Saddams. America is turning us back into human beings. That soccer field is not for a specific person. It is for everybody. We appreciate that. We believe that if Americans have something that is ours, they will return it to us. If the Iraqi government has something that is ours, we forget it.”

Our host for the evening nodded in agreement.

“We support you,” the man continued. “You support our back, we support your back. But you must understand: If you pull back, we will pull back. I will have no choice but to pull back if I can’t depend on you. It will be much harder for us to stand together. But as long as you stand firmly behind us we will support you against Moqtada al Sadr and the other bastards in the area.”