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West Carolina Report for Nov 24

Posted by Thunder Pig on November 24, 2007

I have finished updating my Headline News Site, West Carolina Report, and have posted to WNC Citizens Blog concerning, “Gentlemanly Conduct Alive and Well in Sylva, Not so much in Asheville.”

And good news in Franklin regarding the Illegal Alien situation!

The Hot Spot in Franklin was a gathering spot for Illegal Aliens to wait for contractors to come pick them up to work for the day…sort a Job Center without having to fill out all that pesky paperwork and tax-filing information.

They are no longer allowed to gather there, and according to the employees I spoke with, they were getting in the way of traffic, and standing in parking spots while waiting for work. Many people complained, and so the management enacted a new policy once the recent renovations were complete these signs went up, and the Illegals moved over to the Nikwasi Indian Mound to stand while waiting for work. Now that is a picture I’d love to get…them standing on the Indian Mound! I smell a trip into town next week!

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Victory in Iraq–The Real Surge

Posted by Thunder Pig on November 24, 2007

While the “surge” of five US brigades plus their accompanying support elements, about 30,000 US troops total, is the main focus of commentators when discussing the current situation in Iraq, the real surge in Iraq is happening behind the scenes. The rapidly expanding Iraqi Army is where the real surge in forces is occurring.

In November 2006, Prime Minister Maliki understated the real surge when he announced the increase of the Iraqi Army beyond the subjective counterinsurgency force. Maliki’s originally announced plan was an increase of the army by three divisions, five brigades, 20 battalions, and an Iraqi Special Operations Force (ISOF) battalion. He also wanted to increase the manning of existing Iraqi units to 110 percent. At that point, the Iraqi Army was 10 divisions, 35 brigades, 102 battalions, and two ISOF battalions. Most Iraqi Army formations were only approximately 65 percent manned at that time.

Over the last year the Iraqi Army has grown to 12 divisions, 41 brigades, 123 battalions, and four ISOF battalions. This is a 20 percent increase in units and a doubling of the ISOF. This does not include the three former strategic infrastructure brigades (17 battalions) that have been transferred to the Iraqi Army and are currently being retrained. While the Iraqi Army officer and NCO ranks remain undermanned, the overall unit manning has grown to 108 percent during that time. This does not mention the steadily increasing Iraqi Army competence that can only come from combat and counterinsurgency experience.

Source: The Long War Journal

Here is another thing to consider:


Click Image for Larger Version. Image Courtesy The Long War Journal

The author concludes with these damning (to those who don’t support the war, anyway) words:

This is the real surge — a surge in training and building of the Iraqi Army. Security in Iraq improves with an increased long-term security presence; a security presence that will increasingly be shouldered by Iraqi troops. The five US surge brigades were not only brought in to buy the Iraqi government time to sort out the political situation, they were brought in to buy the Iraqi Army time to expand. The five US surge brigades are doing some much needed housecleaning in Iraq’s problem areas, freeing up Iraqi Army formations to provide cadre for new forming units, and providing additional training partners for the new Iraqi Army formations thus facilitating the accelerated expansion. The Iraqi Army is replacing the US forces departing Iraqi by the end of 2008 at rate of two Iraqi brigades for one US brigade.

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So, the hemming, hawing, and condemning of the Iraq War as a failure will be a moot point by the time the 2008 Election rolls around, and the candidates who are anti-war will find themselves ever more marginalized by their break from reality.

The Legacy Media is already being forced to report on the success in Iraq because they can no longer hide it…the bloggers are getting the word out, and have been all along.

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