Saturday, November 25, 2006

Iraq is a mess, part XXVI

Rosa Brooks gets it right in the LA Times. The Iraq invasion is a "national transgression," a corporate sin, though she doesn't bring herself to use that word. Of course, neither will most of my Christian brethren. Brooks makes the case that Iraq is broken and there is no way that Humpty Dumpty can be put back together again. She also cites interesting poll results from Iraq that I had not seen: "In a poll released this week, 78% of Iraqis told researchers that the U.S. military presence is 'provoking more conflict than it is preventing'; 71% said they want U.S. troops out within a year; 58% said they think inter-ethnic violence will diminish if the U.S. withdraws; and 61% think that a U.S. withdrawal will improve day-to-day security for average Iraqis. We should listen to them, this time."

Alexander Cockburn on ending the slaughter: "The way you end a slaughter is by no longer feeding it. Every general, either American or British, with the guts to speak honestly over the past couple of years has said the same thing: the foreign occupation of Iraq by American and British troops is feeding the violence."

The Pentagon keeps telling the gullible sheeple that the rise in American casualties in Iraq is driven by operations in and around Baghdad. In fact, more than two-thirds of casualties reported between August and November were in the Anbar province, in western Iraq.

The war is lost in the Anbar province: "'The social and political situation has deteriorated to a point' that US and Iraqi troops 'are no longer capable of militarily defeating the insurgency in al-Anbar'".

Warmongering presidential wannabe Newt Gingrich says the war in Iraq is a "failure."

The military is preparing for an upsurge in violence.

Do you remember the vaunted Iraq oil industry that Cheney, Wolfie and Rummy said would pay for the war? Well, things don't look so good these days.

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