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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

US out of Anbar?

I don't know if I believe this, but I saw it mentioned on ABCNews tonight.
ABC News has learned that Pentagon officials are considering a major strategic shift in Iraq, to move U.S. forces out of the dangerous Sunni-dominated al-Anbar province and join the fight to secure Baghdad.

Appreciate this for a moment. On the same day that Bush blamed Al Qaeda for inciting the violence in Iraq, the Pentagon is contemplating abandoning the province from which they are launching attacks.

(Again, Mr. Bush, if Al Qaeda is reponsible for fomenting sectarian violence, and sectarian violence is exploding out of control, doesn't that mean they're winning?)

It's a good thing the President is wrong, otherwise, he might look pretty stupid, eh?

Then, you have a report that McCain was the last ISG interview. He's advocating "
first getting Sunni areas under control, to show Shiites that they do not need militias to protect themselves from Sunni attacks."

(McCain's interview "had been deferred from an earlier date." His aide tries to make it sound "hastily organized" and important, but I'd guess since they're already in deliberations, he was "hastily" interviewed for the politics of appearance.)

2 Comments:

  • It's becoming frighteningly clear that the US is losing complete control of large parts of Iraq. The USA never really had civil control, now our forces can't even safely move around in parts of the country. It's also possible the US is pulling it's forces back in order to concentrate them somewhere in another pointless offensive. No good no matter what.

    JMO
    Doug

    By Blogger Doug Stych, at 11:12 PM  

  • Definitely. For some time, the US has controlled only the ground where they stood.

    I think we may be looking at a Operation Forward Together II in Baghdad.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:42 AM  

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