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Winning in Iraq making a comeback?
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, June 13, 2006

If the polls are any indication, it certainly seems to be:
In the wake of terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's death, President Bush is seeing improvement in public confidence that the Iraq war is winnable, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows.

The new poll found that 48% believe the United States probably or definitely will win the war, up from 39% in April. It also found that 47% believe things are going well in Iraq, up from 38% in March.
Obviously opinion on this subject is both fickle and perishable, but it is amazing what a clear-cut success will do for public opinion. And I think you'd be remiss if you left out the fact that at about the same time Zarqawi was mumbling his last, Iraq had filled its last three cabinet appointments and the government was complete.

A couple other quickies from the poll:
  • 51% say the war was a mistake.
  • 53% percent said the killing of Zarqawi was a "major achievement."
  • 20% said Zarqawi's death will reduce insurgent attacks in Iraq.
  • 30% said insurgent attacks will increase.
Personally I have no idea whether the attacks will increase or decrease, but my gut says the latter.
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Quagmire...Doom...Lies...Haliburton...Oil...Abu Ghraib...Redeploy NOW!
Written By: Joe
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Attacks may increase short term, as they attempt to downplay the significance of Z-man’s elimination, but long term attacks will go down.

There has been an ongoing downward trend previously, and intercepted messages indicate that the terrorists in Iraq are having a tuff time of it.

Bottom line: if the moonbats really intend to throw this war, they better do so quickly.
Written By: Don
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Yep, attacks are increasing...
BAGHDAD — U.S. and Iraqi forces have launched 200 raids against insurgents since killing Abu Musab al-Zarqawi last week, dealing a blow to his terrorist organization, al-Qaida in Iraq, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Monday.

The raids have led to the capture of more than 200 suspected insurgents and 33 deaths.

“We are cautiously optimistic that we have been very successful thus far in the ongoing operations,” military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said.
Oh, wait, not the attacks we were expecting to hear about.

Wonder how many terrorists in Iraq are wondering if they were on Z-Mans rolodex???


But seriously... I said on another forum...
Leaders of any organization can be replaced by someone.

The organization may or may not be as effective.

Given Zarqawis "star status" with the Arab/Jihadi world, I don’t believe he can be replaced with someone as effective as he was.

And given the nature of cellular terrorist organizations, what I would expect is a splintering of the cells below the top leadership.

Some of these cells are going to "use it or loos it," and so there may be some biggish attacks in the next few weeks. Some of these cells are going to be cut off from the network of money, material, communication, and recruits that Zarqawi and his group provided. Some of these cells are going to be rolled up in the next couple of days/weeks as the intel gained from the Zarqawi strick, and the 17 raids that followed it are exploited. Some may even pack up and go home.
Written By: Keith, Indy
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Strong horse, man...
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