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More Should See This Story

Michael Yon described a pretty remarkable incident in an email to Glenn Reynolds. He got it all on video and in photos not yet posted.

I was present today when an Iraqi General was arrested on suspicion of murder and other crimes. The American commander, LTC Doug Crissman, narrowly averted a possible bloodbath today when he intervened, without orders from above, and arrested the General. The General was with 14 heavily armed men. I was a few feet away and snapped a photo of Crissman and the Iraqi General only seconds before Crissman silently grabbed the General's pistol out of his holster. Crissman's men had silently disarmed the other 14 men who were all around the building. The General was clueless. Incredible, and brilliantly executed by LTC Crissman. More in a couple of days. (I got it all on video/photo.)
It makes me angry that so many in the mainstream media are not interested in telling stories like this of the heroic accomplishments of those in our armed forces. Whether you think we should be in Iraq or not, our men and women there are doing some amazing work and it should be recognized. Unfortunately for them, their successes do not fit the current news template.

Actually this story might have a chance of making it in the MSM, since it is about a corrupt Iraqi general. It will be interesting to see how this one is covered.

Update: Jules Crittenden has a post filled with links to quite a few interesting accounts from the ground in Iraq.


Comments (40)

If it does get covered, I h... (Below threshold)
Mike:

If it does get covered, I highly doubt they'll talk about the excellent job by our military. They'll just talk about how corrupt things are in the Iraqi military. I'd bet almost anything on that.

Where are the Trolls? Must... (Below threshold)
epador:

Where are the Trolls? Must be eating dinner!

What's the name of the arre... (Below threshold)

What's the name of the arrested general... maybe it was reported. Let's fact-check the claim that it wasn't...

Ooops, no name. Hmmm. Why not?

Maybe this another hoax. Was the General's name Jamil Hussein perhaps?

Lee, maybe you should hop o... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Lee, maybe you should hop on a flight out there, like Yon has, and check for yourself.

Or you could do the right thing for once and STFU.

Sorry, You will not see thi... (Below threshold)
Vegas Vic:

Sorry, You will not see this story in the MSM. Too busy with Rosie O & Big Fish in rivers.

Frankly, i think this is th... (Below threshold)
Frank:

Frankly, i think this is the kind of story that supporters of the war would want to keep out of the mainstream media. I know on its face it's the story of competent and brave soldiers doing good work, but my first reaction was..WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON OVER THERE!!?? An iraqi general under suspicion of murder? how was a man of such questionable moral fiber able to ascend to that rank, and to what extent is this indicative of the the state of order within the ranks of the Iraqi army as a whole? Are these the guys we're waiting for to "stand up" so we can go home?

And why has it taken this l... (Below threshold)

And why has it taken this long to ferret out and arrest their General?

"how was a man of such que... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"how was a man of such questionable moral fiber able to ascend to that rank"

Been wondering the same thing about BJ Clinton and well every rat faced democrat fraud for that matter.

Why hasn't Pelosi ferret... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

Why hasn't Pelosi ferreted out all the corruption out of her party?

Oh ya , there would be no one left to carry out the democrat perpetual fraud.

And why has it taken thi... (Below threshold)

And why has it taken this long to ferret out and arrest their General?"

Oh, I'm sure it's just another one of those vast, right-wing conspiracies.

Here's an idea, how about we wait and see about where the story goes and find out what all the facts are before we (you) start knee-jerking again?

I look forward to the pictu... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

I look forward to the picture and video. As they say here in the sticks: sounds kinda "tall".

Here's an idea, how abou... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Here's an idea, how about we wait and see about where the story goes and find out what all the facts are before we (you) start knee-jerking again?

Good idea. Does it also apply to Lorie and the others who are already condemning the MSM for not covering this story?

Lorie said stories *like* t... (Below threshold)

Lorie said stories *like* this, and said that this one *may* be covered. So where does she condemn the MSM for not covering *this* story?

There's quite a bit of corruption in Iraq and quite a bit of violence carried out by the military and police. We *know* this.

I posted on this today in a post I titled "Accepting the Rule of Law" and said why I think this is important. About the corruption, I said this...

"But it's just not honest to look at this fact and claim nothing can be done. Something *can* be done and LTC Doug Crissman did it."

Gee, just like how the MSM ... (Below threshold)

Gee, just like how the MSM covers every U.S. soldier death, with an almost gleeful zeal, yet can't even call terrorists terrorists.

My wife and I were watching... (Below threshold)
Thor-Zone:

My wife and I were watching some of the special reports for Memorial Day yesterday. They were great. Many showed what a great job our troops are doing in Iraq. I turned to her and said "Why can't we see stories like this everyday?"

It is true that stuff like this happens everyday. I am glad to see Wizbang is on it! Thanks.

I would like to see the vid... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

I would like to see the video. I find it strange that you can't find the clip on Yon's site or even a reference to the above? Also, I could not find a single story regarding the arrest of an Iraqi General? Nothing at the Pentagon website either?

Are you telling me that nobody knows about the arrest for murder of an Iraqi General other then Insta-Pud?

"Here's an idea, how abo... (Below threshold)

"Here's an idea, how about we wait and see about where the story goes and find out what all the facts are before we (you) start knee-jerking again?"

You had it right this first time, Blogical - with the "we."

Here's Lorie Byrd knee-jerking her usual MSM conspiracy theories, and the guy who was an eye witness couldn't even provide the General's name.

How can we verify Lorie's claim? You can't.

Has the MSM reported this? We don't know.

When did the arrest occur? We don't know.

But that hasn't stopped the wingnuts from launching a "look at what the MSM isn't doing" whine now has it?

Glad you're entertained by all of this, I'm not.

Lee Ward My... (Below threshold)

Lee Ward


My experience reading Yon is that he is meticulous, driven and determined. His refusal last year to let a major multinational publisher steal one of his images speaks to that point.

So while we enjoy your Shakespearean protestations we eagerly await the video/photo images...

Lorie said stories *like... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Lorie said stories *like* this, and said that this one *may* be covered. So where does she condemn the MSM for not covering *this* story?

Hmm, so by sprinkling in little words such as "like" and "may", a person can deny the obvious meaning of what they write? Brilliant!

"Boy, I really am angry at Bush, who mismanages wars like the one in Iraq. He may go down as the worst president in history."

So where do I condemn Bush for mismanaging *this* war? Are you really going to support the position that the above statement is not a condemnation of Bush?

The usual suspect.... (Below threshold)

The usual suspect.

The usual bullshit.

"Glad you're entertained... (Below threshold)

"Glad you're entertained by all of this, I'm not."

The only person doing the entertaining is you.

They need to get this out f... (Below threshold)
Former Kool Aid Drinker, Now Sober:

They need to get this out front to show how damn corrupt the whole Iraqi Government really is and why it is insane that we are policing them.

Let the bastards kill each other.

"Let the bastards kill each... (Below threshold)

"Let the bastards kill each other."

Yeah... and my point about who is compassionate is proven yet again.

Michael Yon's got a lot bet... (Below threshold)
TR19667:

Michael Yon's got a lot better truth-telling record than the MSM.

LyingLee:And why ... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

LyingLee:
And why has it taken this long to ferret out and arrest their General?

How long did it take ? Do you have any information indicating that it took longer than it should have or are you just being worthless whining shit as you normally are ?

Good idea. Does it also ... (Below threshold)

Good idea. Does it also apply to Lorie and the others who are already condemning the MSM for not covering this story?"

This would be a valid point if the MSM would actually cover good news from Iraq once in a while. I don't see a problem with criticizing the MSM when they get something wrong, and patting them on the back when they get something right. Do you?

The MSM seems actually to b... (Below threshold)

The MSM seems actually to be reporting a whole lot more good from Iraq lately despite their tendency toward the political left.

I think it's because the Dems have the majority in Congress.

A wonderful story that the ... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

A wonderful story that the MSM will indeed twist...if they cover it at all.

Coverage of Iraq is some blatantly twisted by the MSM that it takes a Michale Yon to bring such a story forward. Then, of course, Lee Ward (et al) immediately try to discredit it. The concept of an American victory of ANY sort is an anathema to them.

I'd pity the "Lee Wards" amongst us...except for the very real danger they present.

Synova:I won't qui... (Below threshold)

Synova:

I won't quibble with anybody over what the MSM is doing now. But it's not knee-jerking to be irritated with the entire body of work and see what positive stories were/are reported, what negative stories were/are reported, and why.

This looks very interesting... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

This looks very interesting.

Cannot wait to see the pictures and video, thanks Lorie!

This reminds me of Druge ba... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

This reminds me of Druge back in the 90's. They were scooped by Drudge back then on Monica's dress and they are scooped again by Michael Yon.

I love the internet!

I don't see a problem wi... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I don't see a problem with criticizing the MSM when they get something wrong, and patting them on the back when they get something right. Do you?

Not at all. But your statement has little if anything to do with Lorie's post, nor my comment. Lorie's post is criticism of the MSM long before we, as you yourself said, "wait and see about where the story goes and find out what all the facts are." It has nothing to do with "when they get something wrong" nor "when they get something right", since in this situation we do not know which is true.

"Not at all. But your st... (Below threshold)

"Not at all. But your statement has little if anything to do with Lorie's post, nor my comment."

Sure it does. Matter of fact, it couldn't be more connected. We have Lee knee-jerking all over the place and assuming the negative over this story in particular, and Lorie making a comment in general that more positive stories should be coming out of Iraq as a result of this potential breaking story, which is a positive.

Apparently, I can "see shades of grey" a lot more than you thought.

The lefty loons are fine th... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The lefty loons are fine that the MSM preface their story with " an un-names government source" is used but words like "may be" of "could" is proof the story is false. How pathetic, but I am not surprised. ww

"Hmm, so by sprinkling i... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Hmm, so by sprinkling in little words such as "like" and "may", a person can deny the obvious meaning of what they write? Brilliant!"

This is why I can't stand half you lefties that post here. And Brian especially is consistently guilty of declaring what he thinks people are saying, rather than what they actually say. What is so obvious to him may not be what a person is saying at all. He's done it to me and he were 100% wrong about what was so obvious to him.

As to how the media reports; there is no doubt in the minds of most that the media cleaves to the idea "if it bleeds, it leads". But let one person, or many imply this is true and Brian finds a way to tell us what they're obviously saying.

Lorie said: "stories like these". This was a general statement.

Brian said: Good idea. Does it also apply to Lorie and the others who are already condemning the MSM for not covering this story? This was a specific statement based on what he wants her to mean.

Tom said: I don't see a problem with criticizing the MSM when they get something wrong, and patting them on the back when they get something right. Do you? This was general.

Then Brian criticizes Tom for speaking generally, because this story hasn't been confirmed.

See? First Brian has to tell you what you're really saying so he can tromp all over you and then criticize everyone else for not following suit.

If you guys insinuating the... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

If you guys insinuating the story is false because you have yet to see the video/photos ever read Yon's work, you'd know he is always complaining (justly, methinks) about the lack of resources needed to write, prep and download the vast amount of info he gathers in anything close to a reasonable timeframe. A short e-mail is a little easier to send out quickly.

As for not seeing it in the MSM yet, none of those latte-sippin' "journalists" are in the field like Yon, so it will take awhile for the story to get back to their lounges before they can spin or bury it.

I'm glad you're entertained... (Below threshold)
kim:

I'm glad you're entertained by Larry Johnson's antics, Lee. I wouldn't put it past his comment section to blame global warming for the storms in Basra that kept fresh fruit off the breakfast plate of ...... well, Ace of Spades went into far better than you could.

Whaddya think of Captain Kidd Bond boarding the SS Yellow Cake and confronting Val Plame on the No Quarter Deck. She now has three and counting stories on how and why Joe went to Africa. The Dems are figuring out that this pair wasn't upfront with them about what was going on in Africa, and will eventually have to throw them under the bus. Where does that leave your lame disinformation specialist, Larry 'Scary' Johnson?
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"Glad you're entertained... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

"Glad you're entertained by all of this, I'm not."

Of course your not "entertained" by any good news for America coming out of Iraq, Lee.

It's very clear that you (and the rest of the far left) want America to loose so the only news that's entertaining for you is good news for the terrorists.

Here is the <a href="http:/... (Below threshold)

Here is the press release.

Prof. Reynolds has a lint to it via North Shore Journal. I want to see Yon's pics.

looks like Lee and Barney w... (Below threshold)
Helena:

looks like Lee and Barney were both wrong.I'm wondering if either one of these twits will apologize for their condescending ignorant remarks .....what trolls. The MSM barely covered the story, with only the AP picking up press release from the PAO and in true form, the AP's press release was badly written, confusing,and not exactly accurate.

Mike will often release hints of an upcoming story before he posts the dispatch.




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