Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Looking the New Way Forward

Well, apparently it is a foregone conclusion that tomorrow Bush is going to announce a "surge" of "fresh" US Troops into Iraq. First of all, do we have any "fresh" soldiers? Where are they going to come from? The top military official in the region, General John Abizaid, warned Congress in November last year that more troops are not the solution. Just about everyone is saying a military solution is not possible. Both Generals Colin Powell and Wesley Clark think more troops are a lousy idea. What does Bush do? Ignore General Powell. Ignore General Clark. Replace General Abizaid.

Don't we learn? Just last summer 14,000 U.S. troops moved into Baghdad to stabilize the place, and violence in Iraq actually escalated. The Pentagon’s own statistics show that weekly attacks increased by 15 percent while the number of Iraqi civilian casualties increased by 51 percent over the previous reporting period (which concluded in May 2006). The November 2006 version of the Department of Defense report, Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq, reported a 22 percent rise in violence from August to November 2006.

Well, McCain and Lieberman seem to think this is a good idea, but have they said what these troops will actually do? Congresswoman Heather Wilson, R-N.M., an Air Force veteran and member of the House Intelligence Committee who had just returned from Iraq, lambasted Bush's war leadership as lacking "a clarity of mission."

Oh really? Directly from this LA Times article: "defense officials say the U.S. commanders in Iraq have not settled on what that mission should be."

They apparently agree, however, that the new units should be given "clear instructions."

Is this really happening?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tar and damnation, x4mr!!

Take it easy with the images, will ya? Not sure where you found that first one, but that is some spooky shit.

You are right about the surge. It will not work.

1/09/2007 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Francine Shacter said...

As a plain-spoken person, I refuse the pseudonym, surge. Rather, the fact of the matter is that this represents an escalation. Good for Ted Kennedy for using that word.

1/09/2007 9:58 PM  
Blogger sirocco said...

I prefer to use the term "disaster" Francine.

As for where he expects to find "fresh" troops, why, he expects to find them in the butcher section, with all the other "fresh meat".

1/10/2007 7:36 AM  
Blogger USpace said...

absurd thought -
never fight a war to win
that's what God thinks

1/10/2007 6:30 PM  
Blogger x4mr said...

Strong words, Sirocco, but I am sad to say that I agree. I just don't get how adding 10% or 15% changes the fundamental dynamics.

Francine is right that we are just adding gas on the fire (escalation), meaning more will burn.

We are living in a period where humanity is enduring painful lessons.


1/10/2007 11:53 PM  

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