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Progress in Iraq
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, May 21, 2008

From today's NYT:
Iraqi forces rolled unopposed through the huge Shiite enclave of Sadr City on Tuesday, a dramatic turnaround from the bitter fighting that has plagued the Baghdad neighborhood for two months, and a qualified success for Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.

As it did in the southern city of Basra last month, the Iraqi government advanced its goal of establishing sovereignty and curtailing the powers of the militias.
The Iraqis are stepping up?
With the emergence of a political accord, the Iraqi military began to develop a new plan, which American officers learned about late last week. It assumed that Iraqi troops would be welcomed, or at least tolerated, by the residents. Instead of an assault through the roadside bombs, six battalions would drive in on parallel streets and set up checkpoints and search for weapons.

That plan was carried out on Tuesday and was uncontested.

So far, the Iraqi Army has been a winner. Iraqi commanders received, and sometimes rejected, advice from the American military. But in the end they were able to execute a plan that was very much their own.
So where will the critics move the goalposts this week?
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So where will the critics move the goalposts this week?
I’m not sure, but I get the feeling that the long line of holes dug in the ground from previous goalpost moving is so obvious that it is starting to embarrass some of them. They don’t seem to be saying much around here the last couple of weeks.

I’m certainly not complaining that certain anti-war commenters are MIA. The Emotionless Robotic Bloviator in particular is definitely not missed.

And I’m sure they all think they have perfectly good reasons for not commenting on the stream of reports of Sadr being completely marginalized and other notes on Iraqi progress.

But I have to wonder just how coincidental it is that they’re not around much lately. No doubt a negative report or two from Iraq will bring some of them back out of the woodwork, crowing yet again about how it’s all a dismal failure that can’t possibly be redeemed.

Or maybe, per your question, they just have not decided where to locate the goalposts this week. They staked a lot on the hack media’s "Sadr really won" narrative. That one was such a stretch, they may be have scraped the bottom of the barrel.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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I agree with Billy. The MSM will continue to be absent from the discussion on Iraq, unless something goes boom. I suspect their is quite a bit of profanity flying around the news rooms, or at least what is left of them, at the NY Times, MSNBC, ABC, cBS, etc, over the apparently lack of what we on the right call bad news from Iraq, and what they call good news for Democrats.
Written By: William Teach
because they’ve been proven wrong, and it’s far simpler to walk away than own up to it by uttering three simple words:
I was wrong.

They cannot do that. To do so would show humility.
Written By: Joel C.
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There won’t be any goalpost moving. However, the idea that that it’s time to declare victory and leave will become the dominant topic of discussion.
Written By: Dave Schuler
This garbage about Iraq is the same bill of goods that we have been sold by the Bush administration since we invaded that country. We will be greeted as liberators. We will set up a functioning democracy. All good will come to the Middle East. They will pay for the war with their oil.

It’s garbage. It hasn’t happened. It ain’t going to happen. The tribal animosities that fuel the violence in that part of the world date back centuries. They are not going to adopt a Western- style democracy next year or in 2013 or 100 years from now. So, it’s just more political crap.
They don’t believe you even have the ball, so the goalpost are meaningless.
Written By: Neo
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This may explain some events ...
The US military killed a senior member of the Mahdi Army, according US and Mahdi Army sources. Arkan Hasnawi, a senior lieutenant of the Mahdi Army commander in Sadr City, was killed in a guided rocket strike in Sadr City on March 3. The news of Hasnawi’s death comes as details emerge on the senior leadership of the Mahdi Army in Baghdad and the blurring of the lines between Sadr’s militia and the Special Groups.
Written By: Neo
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Erb is now mirroring his blog so that commenting is available on the new one. Perhaps that’s his focus now.

I could never follow his reasoning how Basra was a win for Iran and Sadr.
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