SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS ON PROGRESS IN IRAQ. If you missed President Bush's address to the nation on Iraqi and the War against Terror, you can view it online at C-SPAN.

Hugh Hewitt provides a crucial statement from the President:

Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate. Hear the words of Osama Bin Laden: "This Third World War is raging" in Iraq. "The whole world is watching this war." He says it will end in "victory and glory or misery and humiliation."

The President's address comes in at approximately thirty minutes. He spoke before our valiant soldiers stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. The President outlined the outstanding work of our men and women in the military, who are defending our freedom and establishing a beachhead for freedom in the Middle East. He reiterated his resolve to see the job through in Iraq, and praised the troops for all the progress that they have made.

On that score, I highly recommend "The War is Over, and We Won," an American Enterprise Online article by Karl Zinsmeister. Fresh from his THIRD stint as an embedded reporter in Iraq, Zinsmeister gives an update on the progress being made:

What the establishment media covering Iraq have utterly failed to make clear today is this central reality: With the exception of periodic flare-ups in isolated corners, our struggle in Iraq as warfare is over. Egregious acts of terror will continue—in Iraq as in many other parts of the world. But there is now no chance whatever of the U.S. losing this critical guerilla war.

I had the chance to hear Zinsmeister speak at a World Affairs Council event last fall in Bellevue, WA. His talk highlighted the military operations and nation-building projects being carried out by American soldiers. His book, Dawn Dawn over Baghdad: How the U.S. Military Is Using Bullets and Ballots to Remake Iraq, has much to offer in this regard. It is a highly recommended read that will make one feel deeply thankful for the sacrifices that our soldiers are making to keep our nation safe.

There is a long road still ahead in Iraq, but we can be amazed and proud of what our fighting forces have accomplished over there.

(North Seattle--Green Lake, WA)


  • At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Josef of Josef's Public Journal said…

    Have you watched "Gunner Palace" yet on DVD and if so, what are your thoughts?


  • At 10:02 AM, Blogger Coop said…

    No, I've not had a chance to view it. But I'd be glad to hear about it if you've seen it.

  • At 11:16 AM, Blogger Josef said…

    I watched it last night w/ my family. "Gunner Palace" is a videographer from Seattle recording (not opining about) the exploits of a group of soldiers operating out of a former palace of Uday. Shows how they try to armor themselves, how they deal w/ the local populace as well as insurgents, how they deal w/ the reality on the ground and make the most of the situation. You can also watch them do raids, train the new Iraqi military and operate w/ local Iraqi spies/informers.

    Very insightful stuff. I think President G.W. Bush and Rummy would be best served watching that DVD before they make further statements on Iraq.

  • At 11:16 AM, Blogger Josef said…

    Oh and I support the war in Iraq, BTW.


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