Remember "Operation Lightning" in Iraq? Heard much about it lately?
Well, it's still going on, but I haven't been able to find any coverage of these events in the MSM. I guess they're not important.
Iraq the Model provides the link, and it reminds me how much that blog meant to me in the early days after the Iraq war. I grew to trust the Fadhil brothers (although at the time I only knew their first names) far more than anyone I was reading in the American or European press.
This is what Mohammed at Iraq the Model had to say recently about the course of Operation Lightning:
Operation lightning is showing good results in Baghdad and its suburbs one week after it was launched and I guess that this good effect comes from the high coordination among the different departments of Iraqi security forces as well as the multinational forces.
The last 24 hours or so resulted in arresting some 300 terrorists and suspects in addition to confiscating amounts of weapons and munitions according to local papers and TV....
And later, this interesting remark of his: Generally speaking, Baghdad looks quieter these days .
As far as our press goes, though, Operation Lightening is aptly named--a sudden flash, and then gone. Or, to be literary about it, as Shakespeare's Juliet said,
...the lightning, which doth cease to be
Ere one can say 'It lightens.'
If this Iraqization campaign goes well, it could be one of the keys to the success of the entire enterprise in Iraq. Shouldn't we be hearing more about it either way--success or failure?
Many mock Iraqization, comparing it to the Vietnamization policy of decades ago. But was Vietnamization actually a failure? See this for a thought-provoking reassessment of what Vietnamization was, how it changed over time, and what ultimately may have caused it to fail. I can almost guarantee the information contained therein isn't anything you read about in the MSM of the time.