Friday, December 16, 2005

Iraqi Good News

The elections yesterday are another great achievement in the progression toward peaceful democracy in Iraq. Congratulations to the Iraqi people, and to our men and women in uniform who have been doing the mission every day to keep this happening. America's Son offers his perspective on the day ...

Since I have been here in Iraq, I have not heard celebration such as what I witnessed yesterday. It was a surreal atmosphere. At one time, I looked at one of the Iraqi soldiers and asked him "Are they happy?", as a flag waving throng made their way down one of the streets of the city. "Yes. They say 'Long live Iraq' and 'Today is a great day for all Iraq', he responded as he thrust his ink stained finger in the air. It was indeed a great day for all of us.

Go read the rest.

In other good news from Iraq, Jim Hake of the Spirit of America reports on the success of a different kind of mission - Operation Snapshot.

"The pictures were the hit of the day. I showed the Iraqi Soldiers how to take pictures and just let them go with it."
--Sgt. Charity Lewis, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Al-Anbar Province, Iraq

"In the end 200-300 Polaroid cameras with plenty of film spread across the Division zone may go farther in establishing enduring relations than a thousand soccer balls!"
-- LtCol Jeff Vold, United States Marines

Some missions just need different tools, that's all.