Bravo #68! Very well said.
I never realized you were so fond of Koolaid. Glug, glug, glug!Comment Posted By Bart On 14.10.2008 @ 15:26
Scotty) We all know Armitage was the one who leaked Plame's identity.
DrKrbyLuv) No comparison? I think he just made one.
Thomas Jackson) The list of FDR's mistakes in WWII, as well as in domestic policies, is long.Comment Posted By Bart On 1.06.2008 @ 22:58
What appears to be happening in Bagdad is that the Shia got tired of being massacred on a regular basis and started to hit back at the Sunni with revenge killings around Bagdad. Whether these killings are accurately targeting Sunni terrorists or are simply tit for tat killing is unknown. Frankly, the Shia have been amazingly patient under this Sunni mass murder campaign against their civilians. We need to get at least a partial leash on this so that revenge killings do not turn into an actual civil war with warring militias.
There has been no discernible spike in Sunni insurgency killings or attacks. If they attempted anything like Tet, the Sunni would be massacred. At most, the Sunni insurgency can muster maybe 20,000 men dispersed across the country and have only launched company size attacks anywhere in the country. They are outnumbered well over 5-1 by the government forces alone not counting Coalition or Shia militia forces. The last time they tried a company size attack against a police station north of Bagdad, the Sunni ran into a government commando unit and were slaughtered.
Consequently, the Sunni insurgency doesn't even pose a remote threat to Iraqi military or government control of Bagdad or any other area of the country. This is why their attacks have shifted away from the Coalition and toward Iraqi civilian targets. In reality, the threat is that the vastly outnumbered Shia will reap what they sown and will get hurt very badly by the Shia.
The bottom line is that we have already achieved all of our objectives in Iraq. We have replaced Saddam's dictatorship with a elected representative government and built an Iraqi military which can sustain that government. The terror against civilians will go on for some years but it has no more chance of winning that did the IRA, ETA or the Palestinian terror groups. The Shia and Kurds are not going to give up power in the face of these attacks. The Iraqis will have to come to the necessary political accommodations to resolve that problem. Most of our troops will be coming home over the next year or so.Comment Posted By Bart On 1.04.2006 @ 17:07
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