Good News From Iraq.
"Despite print and broadcast stories to the contrary, the hundreds of young Americans we have interviewed and covered on this trip haven't lost their elan. Notwithstanding the negative news, they continue to believe they are winning this war. And on this third Memorial Day of Operation Iraqi Freedom, their success include:
* During Operation Matador along the remote Syrian border, the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines fought nonstop for seven days and nights -- capturing and killing hundreds of the enemy -- perhaps even Abu Musab Zarqawi. Though they mourned the loss of nine of their brothers-in-arms during the first phase of this operation, these troops are back into the fight again. Only FOX broadcast reports from this action.
* The soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the 503rd Infantry deployed to Iraq from Korea. Many will be away from their families more than two years. Though living conditions at "Corregidor Combat Outpost" are as "Spartan" as any I have seen since Khe Sanh or Con Thien in Vietnam, they go out every day with Iraqi troops and commandos to hunt down elusive terrorists in the capital city of Iraq's largest province. They are ignored by the press.
* Many of the Marines and Navy Medical Corpsmen in 1st Battalion, 5th Marines are back in Iraq for their third, seven-month combat deployment. Yet, I detected no carping or complaining as they carried out round-the-clock raids and patrols, manned checkpoints and stood watch side-by-side with Iraqi troops in the heart of the Sunni triangle. This isn't considered "news."
* All soldiers, sailors and Marines serving on advisory and assistance teams -- who spend day and night training and operating with the new Iraqi military and police units -- commend the growing competence, professionalism and courage of their counterparts. The media overlooks them.
* Press reports repeatedly cite American vulnerabilities to IEDs and homicidal suicide attacks. Yet, the "mainstream media" is strangely silent about the depot the Marines established to "up-armor" every wheeled vehicle in Iraq by October so every Marine will have the best available protection.
* Civil Affairs teams of U.S. soldiers, medics, Marines, Navy Corpsmen and Sea Bees provided $500 million in medical supplies, improved a rural medical clinic serving 40,000 Iraqis, helped jump-start small businesses in Fallujah and built sanitation facilities for a 275-student elementary school. Our press treated it like a state secret.
These are just a few examples of the good news from Iraq that won't be news at home.
Since this is Memorial Day weekend, I'm going to get down on my knees to thank God for those who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our nation and pray for those doing so today.
And I'm going to slip in another prayer -- that those who report "the news" here at home will yet report on some of the successes these brave Americans have wrought with their blood, sweat and tears. Perhaps you'll join me.
-Col. Oliver North (source)
...Army & Medic girls...
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