September 6, 2003

a couple of good things...

Via PoliPundit, there's a good article in, of all places, the NYT, on the splendid job General Petraeus and the 101st Division are doing in Northern Iraq. They seem to be just ignoring a lot of the red tape and hesitation that's slowing things down in Baghdad...

...Throughout this period there was little guidance from the American-led occupation authority in Baghdad, which was focused on working in the capital. Even today, Mr. Bremer's authority has no permanent representatives in about half of the 18 provinces in Iraq. For the division, the absence of guidance from Baghdad was not a problem.

One early example of its readiness to take action was paying government workers. There were funds in the Central Bank but no government to authorize their disbursement. So General Petraeus wrote a letter � stamped by the division's notary public � decreeing that the funds be provided.

The division has also pushed to amend national policies where it sees fit. More than 100 professors at the university in Mosul were barred from returning to work because of the occupation authority's ban on hiring former high-level members of Mr. Hussein's Baath Party. The professors argued that they had been required to join the party, and that the university had been unable to complete the school year without them. The 101st Division persuaded Mr. Bremer's authority to make a temporary exception...

PoliPundit also links to this great story about a grumpy planeload of people waiting impatiently because their flight is being delayed for some special passengers, until...
...The attendant came back on the speaker to announce in a loud and excited voice that we were being joined by several U. S. Marines returning home from Iraq!!! Just as they walked on board, the entire plane erupted into applause. The men were a bit taken by surprise by the 340 people cheering for them as they searched for their seats. They were having their hands shook and touched by almost everyone who was within an arm's distance of them as they passed down the aisle. One elderly woman kissed the hand of one of the Marines as he passed by her. The applause, whistles and cheering didn't stop for a long time...
Republicans: Assume the Lotus Position... compose your mind until it is like a still pool...then meditate simultaneously on this story and on all those Lefty politicians who think they are going to win elections by scurrilous attacks on the President and our efforts in Iraq...a typical Republican should be able to levitate several inches.

Posted by John Weidner at September 6, 2003 2:36 PM
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