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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Fundamentally flawed?

In an LATimes piece discussing Maliki's upcoming visit to Washington, I came across this,
Iraqi forces have taken over security responsibilities in several Baghdad neighborhoods in recent months.

Asked whether the shift in strategy could lead U.S. forces to reassume control of those areas, the (senior administration) official said, "That certainly would be an appropriate thing … to discuss."

So, the US plan is to bring more US troops into Baghdad and sideline the Iraqi security forces? That has big implications for the overall "stand up/stand down" strategy.

Also, it appears the Bush administration is going to frame this as a "hard work" visit rather than the "triumphal establishment of an Iraqi government" visit they had initially envisioned when they scheduled the thing five weeks ago after the new Defense and Interior Ministers were named.

It's such a shame when reality interferes with your photo ops.
(AP - "WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is moving ahead with scheduled troop deployments to Iraq next month as the U.S. military struggles to gain control of the escalating violence in Baghdad, according to a senior defense official.....

But in a reflection of the increasing violence, one brigade that had been stationed in Kuwait as a reserve force earlier this year is now almost entirely in Iraq, and at least one of its battalions was sent to Baghdad to bolster security.


  • Reuters says "Bush is also under pressure to show progress in Iraq, clearing the way for U.S. troop cuts, as his Republicans face elections in November with their control of Congress at stake."

    With U.S. troops having to take back security from Iraqi troops and with sectarian violence in Iraq now being a bigger problem than they insurgency, I can't wait to see how the administration tries to engineer the "progress" that will allow Casey to send two combat brigades home.

    By Blogger reality-based educator, at 9:14 AM  

  • I don't think it's happening. The only thing I can imagine that they might do is try to strip out some of the non-combat troops out of the Green Zone, but I think it would be difficult to make the numbers and it would cut the capabilities that are needed most.

    I don't think Bush is willing to lose the war for this because of his fear of his legacy. I mean, he really is a prime candidate to be worst president ever. Plus, such shenanigans would certainly come out.

    So, I would expect there to be announcements of reductions they don't intend to honor. If there's anything, that'd be my guess.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 12:43 PM  

  • It's not going according to plan. Those stiff-necked Arabs refuse to simply give up their cultures.
    Do you think we'll see some panic responces soon as the great dream turns to dust?
    It does not bode well.

    By Blogger Cartledge, at 1:33 PM  

  • I don't know what panic responses are available. Complete concession by the government? Giving the Shia everything they want and letting them liquidate the Sunnis? Dealing with Iran? Just open fire?


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 2:37 PM  

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