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Meanwhile in Iraq
Posted by: mcq on Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Keith at A Second Hand Conjecture has a new chart up displaying the decline in deaths in all areas there. As he points out, "things are not rosy in Iraq", but then no one has claimed they are. But what can be claimed is this:
Deaths over the entire year are up by 10% for soldiers, making 2007 the deadliest year. But, the last 3 months have also been the least deadliest months of the last 5 years (comparing Oct/Nov/Dec of 2007 to Oct/Nov/Dec of the previous 4 years.) And we are also below the historical averages for these months. They’ve also been steadily decreasing since May.
So when you hear politicians like Barack Obama claim all we've done is end up where we were 2 years ago, that's not at all true.
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6 troops died today, 17 already this month. That’s nearly two a day. We’re playing whack-a-mole again, only this time we are doing it in Diyala.

But more to the point: If the goal in Iraq is to bring US causalties down, then there is an even better way to do that: Withdraw. Withdrawing carefully but quickly is the best way to eliminate US casualties. It’s also the best way to pressure the Shia government to reconcile with the Sunni opposition. As it stands now, the Shia have no reason to reconcile.

Written By: mkultra
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Withdraw. Withdrawing carefully but quickly is the best way to eliminate US casualties.
MK the goal is NOT to reduce US casualties...can you not grasp that? The goal is to leave a BETTER Iraq! Jesu Christi man, the goal of life is not always safety....
Written By: Joe
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I had heard that the goal was to allow the Iraqis to get there sh*t together......well...........
Written By: darohu
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By 2007, the Iraqis were doing most of the fighting. And . . . this is very important . . . they see our Army and Marines as serious allies, and in many cases as friends. Please let the potential implications of that sink in.
Written By: Keith_Indy
My blog today (click if you’re interested) deals with the fact that things not only seem to be heating up in both Iraq and Afghanistan, but that the political structures in each country are weak and relatively powerless. It is starting to look like the ’surge optimism’ of late 2007 will soon give way to seeing that claim of success as just another in the long litany of false hopes (’slow progress, stay the course, etc.)
Written By: Scott Erb
Iraq’s western province of Anbar, hotbed of the Sunni Arab insurgency for the first four years of the war, will be returned to Iraqi control in March, a senior U.S. general said Thursday.

In a telephone interview from Iraq, Marine Maj. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin, commander of the roughly 35,000 Marine and Army forces in Anbar, said levels of violence have dropped so significantly—coupled with the growth and development of Iraqi security forces in the province—that Anbar is ready to be handed back to the Iraqis.

Thus far, nine of 18 Iraqi provinces have reverted to Iraqi control, most recently the southern province of Basra in December. The process has gone substantially slower than the Bush administration once hoped, mainly because of obstacles to developing sufficient Iraqi police and army forces. But Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Thursday that he expects the process to continue.
Written By: Keith_Indy

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