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Excellent advice that I hope I never need to put into play.
Via Stryker News an hour long interview with General Patraeus by Charlie Rose is here.
It is a full hour long...and even if a transcript were available..none of it could be excerpted responsibly.
So - with the Commanding General in the U.S. this week, did the troops of MNF-I slack off?
Doesn't look like it:
Sunday, 29 April 2007 72 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS DETAINED
Saturday, 28 April 2007 US, Iraqi raid in Mahmudiyah nets Iranian-marked rockets, mortars
Saturday, 28 April 2007 Marines destroy truck bomb near Karmah
Saturday, 28 April 2007 17 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS DETAINED IN IRAQ
Saturday, 28 April 2007 Baqubah: Local’s tips lead to success
Saturday, 28 April 2007 Commandos, Baghdad Eagles detain suspected extremists, find caches and IEDs
Saturday, 28 April 2007 Marne Forward Newscast – Soldiers work with Iraqi Police
Saturday, 28 April 2007Iraqi Army-led mission nets large cache
Saturday, 28 April 2007 Operation Chalons emphasizes U.S., ISF coordination
Saturday, 28 April 2007 Weapons cache found
Saturday, 28 April 2007 FOUR SUSPECTED TERRORISTS DETAINED
Friday, 27 April 2007 Operation Commando Dive leads to detentions, cache finds
Friday, 27 April 2007 COALITION FORCES DETAIN NINE
Friday, 27 April 2007 FOUR SUSPECTED SECRET CELL TERRORISTS DETAINED
Thursday, 26 April 2007 Four terrorists killed, two suspects wounded
Thursday, 26 April 2007 TERRORISTS KILLED, VBIED NETWORK DISRUPTED
Thursday, 26 April 2007 CCCI Convicts 41, Sentences 4 to death, 3 to life imprisonment
Thursday, 26 April 2007 THREE TERRORISTS KILLED DURING OPERATIONS IN SADR CITY
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 Six suspected terrorists detained
Wednesday, 25 April 2007 Al-Qaeda in Iraq security emir killed
Tuesday, 24 April 2007 10 SUSPECTED TERRORISTS DETAINED, CACHE FOUND
Tuesday, 24 April 2007 VBIED detonates near Diyala’s provincial council headquarters
Tuesday, 24 April 2007 Correction - Fardh Al-Qanoon Update Efforts Against Extremists Continue
Tuesday, 24 April 2007 Weapons cache found inside Baghdad mosque
Monday, 23 April 2007 19 TERRORISTS DETAINED IN COALITION RAIDS
Monday, 23 April 2007 Troops assist neighborhood with fire damage
Monday, 23 April 2007 Coalition Forces see progress in Diyala River Valley
Sunday, 22 April 2007 ONE TERRORIST KILLED, 19 SUSPECTS CAPTURED, BOMB-MAKING CACHE FOUND
Sunday, 22 April 200715 TERRORISTS KILLED, SEVEN SUSPECTED TERRORISTS DETAINED
Sunday, 22 April 2007 Clearing operation Nets Five Weapons Caches in Baghdad’s Mansour district
Meanwhile, back in America, hard working newspaper editors were diligently ensuring that virtually none of these stories would appear in their headlines.All done!
April 29, 1975. Flying refugees out of Saigon as the NVA rolls in:
"When we got on the ship, the South Vietnamese were landing helicopters right on the deck," said Stewart, remembering his actions during the operation. "We'd take the people off and push the helicopters over the side. They tried to land (planes) on the ship and the Navy would wave them off. Then they'd ditch the planes into the ocean and jump out and the Navy would fish them out of the water. It was very hectic."Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose?
The planners anticipated they would be moving about 100 people out of Saigon, but when it was over, they had relocated 1,373 Americans and 5,595 foreign refugees.
There came a point during the night when the order was given to only take American citizens because the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong were getting close to the DOA compound and American Embassy.
"I can't imagine what it must have been like to have to look at those people, knowing that if they were caught they'd probably be killed," Buckel said. "As good a feeling as it must've been helping the ones they could, there also had to be a little bit of guilt there too."