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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Whack a mole in Baquba

The NYTimes has a good story on the "surge" of Sunni militants and foreign fighters into Baquba. They really moved into Baquba during last summer's "surge" in Baghdad, Operation Forward Together, but have since extended their control over the city.

I mention this because it is a textbook case of the "whack a mole" criticism that John McCain used to incoherently repeat about previous security efforts focused on Baghdad. (He blindly supports this one though, although it presents the exact same problem.)

The current situation in Baquba came about from Forward Together, it looks like Kirkuk and others may collapse from the current effort.


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