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Omar Fadhil Encounters our Troops

The bloggers from Iraq the Model had their home searched by US troops. Omar wrote about their experience and posted it at Pajamas Media. Here's a portion:

It was around midnight and we were gathered around the fire in the backyard when we heard someone talking in English in the street.


Go see what that was, Mohammed told me.

I approached the front door and peeked into the street, a number of Humvees were there. I returned to the group and told them we might have some company.

Almost every Friday night we gather with some friends for drinks and a barbecue. We all take turns hosting the nights: yesterday was our turn.

I went to the living room where my father was having a heated political debate with a friend and told them the house was likely to be searched. The two men stopped talking, looked at me carelessly for a second and then resumed their loud debate.

I went back to tend the fish we were preparing for our Masgoof dinner and then heard the front door open and a flashlight beamed into the driveway. I walked to meet the night visitors; 6 or 7 American soldiers and an Iraqi translator wearing a black ski mask walked in.

"Good evening gentlemen, how can I help you?"

"Hi, that's a lot of cars you got here! Are they all yours," the lead soldier said, obviously suspicious about the number of cars we had in the driveway.

"That one is ours, the rest belong to our friends." I explained that we had guests and that they were going to spend the night here to avoid the curfew.

As I was speaking, two of the soldiers were using the lights on their rifles to look into the cars through the glass.

"Who are those people back there?"

"Those are our friends and my brothers," I said as I led the way into the back yard.

The Iraqis and Americans exchanged words of greetings.

The soldiers began to feel a bit relaxed at this point, seeing the relaxed friendly mood, the barbecue and the drinks in Iraqis' hands.

Read the rest of the piece. Keep in mind that Mohammad and Omar live in Baghdad. From what the Democrats and the media tell us, Baghdad is a hell hole, a quagmire. Yet, these gentlemen feel it's safe enough to have a bunch of friends over and have a barbeque and drinks in the backyard.

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Comments (24)

No dammit , it's a QUAGM... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

No dammit , it's a QUAGMIRE ! (tears streaming) IT'S A QUAGMIRE! THE WAR IS LOST ! BUSH'S FAILED POLICIES (drip drip) NO I TELL YOU , BUSH HAS FAILED WAAAA! WHAT ARE YOU DOING ? (barstool Kennedy and Oblivious stretch Pelosi being taken away in straight jackets).

These are the Idiots who want our Country to lose and they are doing all they can to help our enemies. These are not AMERICANS , they are DEMOCRATS.

Poor Kim. True believer to ... (Below threshold)
Frank:

Poor Kim. True believer to the last. All this means is that this guy's backyard was safe enough to have a barbeque. You seem to gloss over the fact that they only had friends over because of a strict curfew and probably would have ended up in jail if they were caught on the street.

Here's more proof the surge is working:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/01/world/middleeast/01iraq.html?hp

oh, I forgot, the number of bombings and Iraqi dead is not a good metric of how well the surge is working (at least I think that's the current talking point). Maybe we should use the rosy outlook of the right wing blogosphere to gauge our success and forget the notion of holding our leaders to account for how they've failed their people by not finding a way to win the peace in a minor conflict in over 4 years time.

Frank thinks this is a 'min... (Below threshold)
kim:

Frank thinks this is a 'minor conflict'. What, pray tell, is this 'minor conflict' about?
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gullibleOne... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:


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easily duped or cheated

No dammit , it's a QUAGM... (Below threshold)
Ted Parsons:

No dammit , it's a QUAGMIRE ! (tears streaming) IT'S A QUAGMIRE! THE WAR IS LOST ! BUSH'S FAILED POLICIES (drip drip) NO I TELL YOU , BUSH HAS FAILED WAAAA! WHAT ARE YOU DOING ? (barstool Kennedy and Oblivious stretch Pelosi being taken away in straight jackets).

And they dare call the left unhinged? ha!

Frank:You seem... (Below threshold)
marc:

Frank:

You seem to gloss over the fact that they only had friends over because of a strict curfew and probably would have ended up in jail if they were caught on the street.

And your suggested tactic to stabilize the situation without a curfew is what?

Here's more proof the surge is working:

Why use a story outlining two bombings to characterize the entire war? DON'T answer that, it's obvious.

Maybe we should use the rosy outlook of the right wing blogosphere to gauge our success...

Maybe we should use the words of a disingenuous hack like Frank to gauge our success.

Then again, maybe not because there's more to the story:

TAL'AFAR, Iraq - Iraqi Security Forces and Tal Afar civic leaders continue to lead from the front in providing aid and humanitarian
assistance to the citizens of Tal'Afar displaced by the terrorist bombing on March 27.
The Iraqi military coordinated and flew a critical airlift resupply mission, bringing supplies for distribution by Iraqi ground
forces to the civilian population. The mission was unique in nature as it was executed by Iraqi military pilots and crew members.
Coalition civil affairs teams continued to provide assessments, making sure the aid provided was funneled through the Iraqi leaders to
population most in need.
Mayor Najim Abdallah, mayor of Tal'Afar, as well as Col. Stephen Twitty, commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division,
and Lt. Col. Malcolm Frost, commander of the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment held a joint news conference to answer questions "from Iraqis
to Iraqis." The conference was specifically designed to address the Iraqi populace and featured two Iraqi news stations, Al-Araqnia, and
Al-Diyar.
When asked why the terrorists attacked Tal'Afar, and whether
Tal'Afar will become a "time bomb" of sectarian strife; Najim reaffirmed unity.
"We are the biggest city close to the Syrian border. Enemy eyes are open to this city because of its diverse population, all living and
working together in peace. They will take any chance to target it.
We've killed many terrorists; and the enemy will find any hole to use to their advantage," affirmed Najim.
Further solidifying the unity of the city's inhabitants, Najim added, "Sunni and Sh'ia have come together to hold one mass funeral for
the victims of the terrorist violence."
When questioned about whether the impression that Tal'Afar was held up as an example of progress one year ago was damaged, Frost urged
the population to take an objective look.
"It is both foolish and immature to let this one event represent the progress this city of Tal'Afar has made. You have to look at the
schools, and the medical clinics, and the cooperation between the citizens to see [the real Tal'Afar].
He then directly addressed the Iraqis affected by the violence.

"I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the families who are suffering from this [terrorist act]. It was executed by cowards
against the elderly, against women and children, and will not divide this city."
Twitty also expressed his sorrow to the victims and confidence in the Iraqi Security Forces of Tal Afar.
"I want to thank the Tal'Afar people for their resolve, and I know your wish is to get back to your daily lives. I have seen the people of Tal'Afar coming together as one. There is no sectarian divide in Tal'Afar. Iraqi Security Forces have a strong presence on the streets, Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police are doing what they need to secure and police the streets."
Najim reiterated the call for unity and denounced the terrorist attempt at division in his city.
"Tal'Afar will never become a 'time bomb' and will always be an example of how Iraqis can be united together. The people will not be
separated."

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It is nice to know Baghdad ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

It is nice to know Baghdad isn't just car bombs.

Good thing to know Bush is ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Good thing to know Bush is quoting terrorists as his sources on how well things are going in Iraq.

And which "terrorists" woul... (Below threshold)
marc:

And which "terrorists" would those be barneyRUBBLE?

The reality is he should quote more terrorists such as Osama (as opposed to your delusions above).

Take this question asked of Osama: Describe the situation when your men took down the American forces in Somalia:

After our victory in Afghanistan and the defeat of the oppressors who had killed millions of Muslims, the legend about the invincibility of the superpowers vanished. Our boys no longer viewed America as a superpower. So, when they left Afghanistan, they went to Somalia and prepared themselves carefully for a long war. They had thought that the Americans were like the Russians, so they trained and prepared. They were stunned when they discovered how low was the morale of the American soldier. America had entered with 30,000 soldiers in addition to thousands of soldiers from different countries in the world. ... As I said, our boys were shocked by the low morale of the American soldier and they realized that the American soldier was just a paper tiger. He was unable to endure the strikes that were dealt to his army, so he fled, and America had to stop all its bragging and all that noise it was making in the press after the Gulf War in which it destroyed the infrastructure and the milk and dairy industry that was vital for the infants and the children and the civilians and blew up dams which were necessary for the crops people grew to feed their families. Proud of this destruction, America assumed the titles of world leader and master of the new world order. After a few blows, it forgot all about those titles and rushed out of Somalia in shame and disgrace, dragging the bodies of its soldiers. America stopped calling itself world leader and master of the new world order, and its politicians realized that those titles were too big for them and that they were unworthy of them. I was in Sudan when this happened. I was very happy to learn of that great defeat that America suffered, so was every Muslim.

Of course what Osama didn't outline was many that are for "redeployment" from Iraq are also "Paper Tigers."

Frank, sparky, you have a c... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Frank, sparky, you have a comprehension problem. They had their friends over to have a BBQ. A social interaction. And one the Al Queda types and hardliners would not approve of. Beer is a no-no in fundie-Islam.

Their friends were staying the night to avoid any curfew problems. Not all that different in many American towns for say, teen agers, or on October 30th.
Iraq and Bagdad aren't the safest places, but their is a greater level of normalcy than some would have us believe.

SCSIwuzzy"They had... (Below threshold)
Frank:

SCSIwuzzy

"They had their friends over to have a BBQ. A social interaction. And one the Al Queda types and hardliners would not approve of. Beer is a no-no in fundie-Islam."

Forgive me, but I think it's sad that after 4 years we have to measure success in Iraq by such applying this kind of minutia. I too want a good outcome after all of this effort and bloodshed, but I think it's wrong not to hold our leaders to account for their inability to bring order to what, had we applied ourselves properly, should have been an easily manageable situation.

Also, I don't know what town you grew up in, but mine had no curfew and certainly wasn't patrolled by almost 150,000 foreign soldiers. You'll forgive me for thinking that this falls below the line of what could be considered "normalcy".

<a href="http://ww... (Below threshold)
Brian:
BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb in Bayaa district in southern Baghdad killed three people and wounded 20 others, police said.

BAGHDAD - Two policemen were killed and six wounded when they approached a car bomb in Amil district in southwestern Baghdad, police said. There was a body in the car.

BAGHDAD - A roadside bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol wounded three soldiers in the western Ghazaliya district of Baghdad, a Reuters witness said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen attacked the motorcade of the head of traffic police, Jaafar al-Khafaji, in northern Baghdad, killing two traffic policemen and wounding two others, police said.

BAGHDAD - Thirteen bodies were found shot in different districts of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

BAGHDAD - A car bomb targeting an Iraqi army checkpoint killed a soldier and wounded three others on Wednesday near al-Shurta tunnel in western Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD - Gunmen kidnapped Hassan Abdul-Latif, an official of the Iraqi Customs Office in central Baghdad, on Wednesday, police said.

But hey, a couple of regular guys have a weekly barbecue! Things must be going well!

Iraq and Bagdad aren't the safest places

Detroit is "not the safest place". You can't use the same phrase to describe what's going on in Iraq.

but their is a greater level of normalcy than some would have us believe.

Of course there's much normalcy. The country couldn't function if there wasn't. But it's a false argument to go find someone who has a barbecue, or some kids who go to school, or some guy who managed to open a fruit stand, and say "See? Things are going well!" Every country involved in WWII, even the losers, had the majority of the population going about their daily lives. The citizens of German-occupied France went about their daily lives. In Vietnam, most farmers went about their daily lives. If you think a bunch of guys drinking beer in their back yards means things are going well, you're not paying attention.

By the way, let's not forge... (Below threshold)
Brian:

By the way, let's not forget what else Iraq the Model blogged, just a few days ago:

Every time I tell myself that my next blog will be a pleasant story of days of old, I am confronted with a different story that needs to be told.

A friend of mine called me to tell me the bad news. Her brother had been kidnapped, and the ransom set at $100,000. For any Iraqi, such an amount spells disaster.
...
[Later] "We found his picture! We have his number! His face was all bruised and there was a hole drilled in his forehead! Oh, Sahar! He died in pain! His hands were tied above his head!"

They went to the wilderness that was being used as burial ground, on the outskirts of the city of Nejef. But there was no trace of Hani's grave.

But hey, a barbecue? The surge is working!

Shhhhh....don't tell the li... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Shhhhh....don't tell the libs the surge is working. They have so much invested in our defeat.

Frank, you and the rest of ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Frank, you and the rest of the democrats are directly responsible for the death of thousands of Iraqi's. Just the past week the terrorists have submitted their votes (in hundreds of deaths) in support of the cut and run democrats in congress. Anyone that supports these traitors in congress has blood on their hands by the bucket full.
Like it or not, that's a fact and even you aren't too dense to know it, just too chicken to admit it. Kind of makes your whole life worthless doesn't it?

scrapiron,Do you e... (Below threshold)
Frank:

scrapiron,

Do you even know what the discussion is about or is that a cut-and-paste screed? Put down the bottle of Ol' Grandad and get some sleep. You still have time to rethink your life.

Frank,Sorry asshat, ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Frank,
Sorry asshat, but that is a sad back pedal. You tried to paint it as "they only had friends over because of the curfew" as opposed to the truth.
As for where you and I grew up, I guess you didn't grow up in someplace like Philly (my home) or DC. BTW, there aren't 150k of troops in Bagdad, but Iraq as a freaking whole.
Again, you have a reading comprehension problem. The phrase "level of normalcy" does not mean "completely normal and mundane".

What's the matter Frank? ... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

What's the matter Frank? You are too fucken arrogant to admit your criminal Democrat Party are nothing but incompetant traitorous frauds? is that it? Are you ashamed at their behavior that you must defend their every disgracefull display of lusting and fiending for complete control and power?

You assholes don't have a damn clue about anything. Democrats are criminal frauds who prey on emotions who rape this Country for their own sick personal gain. They travel around like Pelosi and Waxman to make deals with the enemy to get their "Talking Points" so that they can be on the same page as their democrat media creates bogus outrage and non scandal after non scandal while ignoring democrat corruption running rampid and willfully omitting to do their jobs and reporting the crimes of their partners , their buddies and their beloved democrat party.

Their are neighborhoods where no one dare walk around at night unless they are looking to rob , kill or be killed. You punk ass lying cowards have had your asses rammed packed with so much pathetic democrat feel good crap you will go to your graves with more fecal matter than the late John Wayne. You would vomit and shit yourselves of all democrat BS with one stroll through any given neighborhood as you stumble across a body in the shadows on the sidewalk , face looking like a punch bowl.

These are the places where democrats go to preach their disease during the day and their Limo's & SUV's can be seen burning rubber to get away from hours before nightfall.

"And they dare call the lef... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"And they dare call the left unhinged? ha!"

Hey Ted , what exactly is it you are trying to say?

As is the case with those who continue to knowingly and willingly support the criminal democrats , it is you that are easily duped , cheated and fooled. You either enjoy your immoral lifestyle or you are just too ashamed to admit you have been supporting a party of treasonous criminal frauds. And for your information I'm registered Democratic asshole and I don't support the Traitors, have not voted for a Rat since Nov.2,2004 and will be re-registering soon enough. To hell with the Democrat Party.

Frank, hearing that you rec... (Below threshold)
kim:

Frank, hearing that you recommend examining lives for their worthwhileness, I've become curious what you consider to be 'normal'.
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Whew, I thought <a href="h... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Whew, I thought John Dean was exaggerating! Take it easy Rob LA Ca.. Californians I thought were laid back..If you ever have a Matthew Dowd epiphany you are liable to have a heart attack..There is alot of good and bad in everyone; and that includes Democrats and Republicans, or do you secretly thrive on 'a permanent war' atmosphere'.

Thanks, Kim, a typical sil... (Below threshold)
dalleceneri:

Thanks, Kim, a typical silly right wing anecdote incident used to imply that a trend or a situation is commonplace.

Just as the blogger indicates, this is likely not the typical Iraqi experience w/ a troop search of some Iraqi home. How conveeeeenient the soldiers chose an English speaking Iraqi home to check out!

Kim, if you need more evidence thaty Baghdad is just peachy keen under W's surge, just look to McCain's statement this morning about his 1st ever tranquil transfer from Baghdad airport to the Green Zone.

Why in not time, Kim, it'll be Springtime in Baghdad for America.

I'm registered Democrati... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I'm registered Democratic asshole and I don't support the Traitors, have not voted for a Rat since Nov.2,2004 and will be re-registering soon enough.

Rob, on behalf of the Democratic party... please hurry.

Hey, little d, read Iraqi b... (Below threshold)
kim:

Hey, little d, read Iraqi blogs. Many are optimistic. You? Never! Fool! Don't you ever wonder?
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