"Are you not worried, though," Blitzer asked the Speaker, "that all the gains that have been achieved over the past year might be lost?"
Speaker Pelosi answerd,
There haven't been gains, Wolf. The gains have not produced the desired effect, which is the reconciliation of Iraq. This is a failure. This is a failure."Our adversary, al-Qaida has a different opinion, says the Times Online. Two AQ letters have been released by the Pentagon, each demonstrating Coalition actions have put a severe crimp in al-Qaida's style.
The troops have succeeded, God bless them. We owe them the greatest debt of gratitude for their sacrifice, their patriotism, and for their courage and to their families as well.
Afghanistan is not settled because the president took his eye off the ball and took the full attention that should have been in Afghanistan, and shifted some of that to Iraq, a war without end, without a plan, without a reason to go in, without a plan to win, without a strategy to leave. This is a disaster ... we cannot perpetuate.
An unnamed emir, writting in a 39 page letter found in Anbar province, referring to Sunnis who had joined with the American forces, admitted that
we helped them to unite against us ... The Americans and the apostates launched their campaigns against us and we found ourselves in a circle not being able to move, organise or conduct our operations... This created weakness and psychological defeat. This also created panic, fear and the unwillingness to fight. The morale of the fighters went down ... There was a total collapse in the security structure of the organisation.The pool of foreign fighters had dried up making it harder to conduct operations inside Iraq with crews that could blend in. Foreign suicide bombers, unable to get assignments that would kill "not less than 20 or 30 infidels" were kept just hanging around and became so disillusioned, they gave up, took their toys, and went home.
The Islamic State of Iraq [al-Qaeda] is faced with an extraordinary crisis, especially in al-Anbar province. Al-Qaeda’s expulsion from Anbar created weakness and psychological defeat. This also created panic, fear and the unwillingness to fight.
The morale of the fighters went down and they wanted to be transferred to administrative positions rather than be fighters. There was a total collapse in the security structure of the organisation.
In another 16 page document, an al-Qaida commander writes,
I am Abu-Tariq, emir of the al-Layin and al-Mashahdah sector ... We were mistreated, cheated and betrayed by some of our brothers who used to be part of the Jihadi movement, therefore we must not have mercy on those traitors until they come back to the right side or get eliminated completely ... Those people were nothing but hypocrites, liars and traitors and were waiting for the right moment to switch sides with whoever pays them most ... There were almost 600 fighters in our sector before the tribes changed course 360 degrees ... Many of our fighters quit and some of them joined the deserters ... As a result of that the number of fighters dropped down to 20 or less.Let's see, Nancy Pelosi says we, the U.S., are losing the war, there are no gains, and all is failure versus the enemy saying the surge and Awakening Councils created weakness and psychological defeat among the jihadis, mujahedeen; created panic, fear, and an unwillingness to fight so that many deserted and went home.
Miss Nancy should stop listening to the President whom she does not believe anyway and start listening to her heroes in al-Qaida who believe much as the Speaker does. Except that it is not the U.S. and Coalition forces who are losing, rather it is the bad guys who are losing. And all this is bad news for Miss Nancy, Senators Clinton and Obama, and the whole Liberal/Defeatist Complex.
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