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Bring on the third string
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, January 01, 2006

Why am I getting the impression that the insurgent action in Iraq is now being run by the 2nd string at best?
Insurgents exploded 13 car bombs across Iraq on Sunday, including eight in Baghdad within a three-hour span, but the New Year's Day onslaught killed no one and injured only 20 people, police said.
13 car bombs. 0 KIA, 20 WIA.

Not a particularly good day for the bomb builders, was it?
 
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As long as their MSM propaganda arm gets to put the headline "13 bombs explode in Iraq" across six columns of the front page and bury the casualty count on page Z99, the operation achieved 100% of the objective.
 
Written By: SDN
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Er, except it’s right there in the first paragraph, SDN.
 
Written By: Matt McIntosh
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Not a particularly good day for the bomb builders, was it?

That depends on what the meaning of "good" is.

 
Written By: Scott Crawford
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It’s good to see you entering the new year spinning informantion to make our boy George look good. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Only you would attempt to make 8 bombings in 3 hours in the capital city of a country we have controlled for almost three years seem like a positive. Too bad W’s too busy clearing brush down on the "ranch" to notice.

And leave it to you to suggest - in a manner so disconnected with the reality that is Iraq - that the "third stringers" are now running the show. Nearly the same number of US soldiers died in 2005 as died in 2004. Moreover, the IED’s that killed so many of these soldiers are becoming more sophisticated and powerful. On the other hand, the US military is also very adaptive and react well. There is a certain tit-fot-tat/escalation that is going on between insurgents and US forces - and that will continue into 2006. But the bottom line is that the security situation has not improved in any significant way. For instance, the very recent tremendous rise in gasoline prices due to the lack of security with respect to both refinery and delivery is a real problem in Iraq, one much worse than at this time last year. And yet, the go-to-jail-for-the-Bushies MSM has basically ignored it. More fundamentally, what is even worse at the end of 2005 is that the Shia dominated government itself has now launched a dirty war against aspects of the Sunni community. Indeed, torture is once again a weapon of choice for the Iraqi government. Only this time, American blood was spilled to make that possible.

The ultimate failure of the Bush administration was and is not foreseeing and understanding the nature, goals, intensity and flat-out ability - relatively speaking - of the Sunni insurgency. Ot the nature of Iraqi society more gnerally. Today the "insurgency" set off 8 bombs in 3 hours in Baghdad alone. If you are of the belief that this shows "third stringers" are in charge, then you, like Bush, have really learned nothing. Or at least will learn it the hard way.

Go on believing that these guys are amateurs. Go on thinking that many within the insurgency don’t see this as a matter of life and death, and simply view it as a campaign issue in the mid-term elections. As a guerilla movement, that’s what they want you to think. And go on believing that things really are improving. Frankly, you will probably be much happier in the new year.

Oh - and Happy New Year. Seriously.






 
Written By: mkultra
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Frankly, you will probably be much happier in the new year.

Actually, MK, I think that we will.

You, on the other hand, may be dining on crow by next year.

Oh yeah, while I’m at it...

Nearly the same number of US soldiers died in 2005 as died in 2004.
...is not a particular meaningful metric for determining how well a war is going. Just so you know.

 
Written By: Mark A. Flacy
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It’s good to see you entering the new year spinning informantion to make our boy George look good. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

*Sigh*

Other than you, no one even tried to connect this with Bush.

You are freakin’ over the top on the hate meter, MK.

That’s just sad.
 
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