Encouraging news out of Najaf and Samarra

A story you likely won’t see on the cover of the NYTimes. This is also a rant about slanted media coverage of the war in Iraq:

”Samarra is a beaming success story over here,” writes Lt. Col Jim Rose, a Tennessee Marine whose parents live in Old Hickory. ”We were getting ready for a take-down there right after Najaf. We told the locals, ‘Hey, see what happened in Najaf? Is that what you want? Cause we’re coming.’ It took the locals about two days to get the bad guys out.”

Rose is based in the Sunni Triangle. That’s where most U.S. casualties occur, where the Sunnis are supportive of terrorists coming in. Fallujah is there, along with Samarra and Najaf, where Marines drove terrorists out of one of Islam’s holiest shrines.

Rose verified a message I received from another Marine officer in Iraq. He provided perspective missing in the media: ”Those achievements, more than anything else Ò€¦ account for the surge in violence in recent days – especially the violence directed at Iraqis by the insurgents. Both in Najaf and Samarra, ordinary people stepped out and took sides with the Iraqi government against the insurgents, and the bad guys are hopping mad. They are trying to instill fear once again.”

Please read the entire thing. We are NOT getting the full story from our ‘mainstream’ media about Iraq.

(Wink: Instpaundit)