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The Army Times and AP Use False Photo to Denounce "Obama Blew off the troops" email

Whoa!!! Welcome to the parade AP

As in the Victory Parade....  The one we will be having in a little while....

I think the AP just got back from their yearly convention where they were handing out tips on how to embed with the enemies of freedom to find that SHOCKA!!!  We are apparently winning the war in Iraq...

BAGHDAD - The United States is now winning the war that two years ago seemed lost. Limited, sometimes sharp fighting and periodic terrorist bombings in Iraq are likely to continue, possibly for years. But the Iraqi government and the U.S. now are able to shift focus from mainly combat to mainly building the fragile beginnings of peace — a transition that many found almost unthinkable as recently as one year ago.

Yeah, unthinkable if you were not walking the streets of Ramadi or in Anbar Province actually attending meetings with Sunni leaders in your AO.  Unthinkable if you looked at your watch every Wednesday night to ensure you weren't going to be late for your Code Pink chapter meeting.  Unthinkable if you were some disgruntled employee thinking up the latest whopper in the chow hall at Camp Arifjan to tell the IVAW so they would invite you to Winter Soldier II.

This is the part that get me though:

EDITOR'S NOTE — Robert Burns is AP's chief military reporter, and Robert Reid is AP's chief of bureau in Baghdad. Reid has covered the war from his post in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in March 2003. Burns, based in Washington, has made 21 reporting trips to Iraq; on his latest during July, Burns spent nearly three weeks in central and northern Iraq, observing military operations and interviewing both U.S. and Iraqi officers.

So between these two tool bags, and their daily contacts with every military PAO cell in every TOC all over the country, they could not see this coming?  I mean, one of these guys has been there more times than the US Marines and the other guy actually lives there and they didn't notice all the good things taking place, like less VBIEDs in the Green Zone, the capturing and killing of Zarqawi and company, and the plummeting casualty rate until just today? 

Talk about galactically stupid.....  I think it borders on criminal....

And for you bean-counters in the AP Accounts department who will undoubtedly try to bill me, Matty, Uncle J and company for excerpting your material, here is my prepared response:

I know that this may come as shock to all of you over there at the AP; working diligently night and day to try to convince the world that we are losing in Iraq, but we here at B5 and elsewhere have been writing this narrative of working toward victory and noticing (and publishing) the small steps, the sacrifices, the victories, the missteps and the turnaround that was blatantly obvious to anyone who knew someone fighting over there or anyone in the free world with an Internet connection capable of finding any of 1,000 blogs and websites that tell the stories everyday of the who, what, where, how, and why of our victory.  This was made possible by the blood, sweat and sacrifice of individual US Soldiers, who through this work are making it possible for a great victory to be achieved.

By acknowledging the impending victory in Iraq, you are now excerpting us and all the victory narrative we have been shouting about all over the blogosphere for some time now... 

And we want our money..... 

Near as I can figure, the AP and their partners owes B5 about a gazillion dollars for using our narrative of what we, the Victory crowd, have been saying all along; based upon their own interpretation of their policy about the fair use of material.

Take a couple days to collect up the cash AP; but don't make me, Uncle J, Matty, Froggy and Mr. Wolf have to come down there to get it.

Small, non-sequential bills in black, non-descript gym bags will be just fine....

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