Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Blogging The Surge

Greetings All - Skye from Ancora Imparo reporting for duty!

Some of you may be familiar with my Blogger site: MidnightBlue and others know and love me from the comment section.

Dee kindly extended an invitation to myself, along with Wordsmith and Mike to guest blog on Conservatism With Heart while she is relaxing at an undisclosed location in Michigan.

I look forward to sharing my posts with the readers of Conservatism With Heart.

And now on to the blog post: Blogging The Surge.

The concept of blogging the surge was developed by a fellow Philadelphia blogger - Bill T - who states: I'll be blogging the surge daily beginning today. The war in Iraq is finally beginning to create good headlines and the people of the United States are beginning to see progress.

I strongly agree with this philosophy so I've decided participate in blogging the surge with posts here and on my blogs. So, let's start with the man in charge of the surge strategy - General Petraeus - a man loved by the troops and and feared by his opponents in Iraq and abroad. What talents and strategy does General Petraeus bring to the table? Below is a biography of the General, taken from Operation Iraqi Freedom

General David H. Petraeus assumed command of the Multi-National Force-Iraq on February 10th, 2007, following his assignment as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. Prior to assuming command at Ft. Leavenworth, he was the first commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, which he led from June 2004 to September 2005, and the NATO Training Mission- Iraq, which he commanded from October 2004 to September 2005. That deployment to Iraq followed his command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), during which he led the “Screaming Eagles” in combat throughout the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His command of the 101st followed a year deployed on Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, where he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations of the NATO Stabilization Force and the Deputy Commander of the US Joint Interagency Counter-Terrorism Task Force-Bosnia. Prior to his tour in Bosnia, he spent two years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, serving first as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations of the 82nd Airborne Division and then as the Chief of Staff of XVIII Airborne Corps.
General Petraeus was commissioned in the Infantry upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1974. He has held leadership positions in airborne, mechanized, and air assault infantry units in Europe and the United States, including command of a battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and a brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division. In addition, he has held a number of staff assignments: Aide to the Chief of Staff of the Army; battalion, brigade, and division operations officer; Military Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander - Europe; Chief of Operations of the United Nations Force in Haiti; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
General Petraeus was the General George C. Marshall Award winner as the top graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Class of 1983. He subsequently earned MPA and Ph.D. degrees in international relations from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and later served as an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the US Military Academy. He also completed a fellowship at Georgetown University. Awards and decorations earned by General Petraeus include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, two awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the State Department Superior Honor Award, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, and the Gold Award of the Iraqi Order of the Date Palm. He is a Master Parachutist and is Air Assault and Ranger qualified. He has also earned the Combat Action Badge and French, British, and German Jump Wings. In 2005 he was recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s 25 Best Leaders.

This biography might well explain why the surge is going so well. The combination of a precision fighting force and a capable leader will result in stupendous results. Results that we have caught glimpses of in the main stream media - even they are begrudgingly admitting to this universal truth.

In case your are still confused over all the misinformation that has been generated by the MSM, I've found a power point presentation that addresses the 10 common myths of the Iraq war:


I encourage my fellow bloggers to join me in the task of blogging the surge on your own websites. Now is not the time for silence - evil grows when good men & women say nothing.

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