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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


(AP) "Militants blew up three Sunni mosques south of Baghdad on Wednesday."

(AP) The U.S. military acknowledged ``an increasing pattern of attacks'' against the Green Zone....Rear Adm. Mark Fox, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, declined to provide details on the number of attacks against the Green Zone,.... but said they were increasing."

(AP) A War on Rewind. A look at strategies and surges past, similarities to today, and a lack of results.

(Wired) A Frontline clip with Jack Keane saying there was "never a mission" to defeat an insurgency speaking of his earlier days as active duty Army.
"We never even considered an insurgency as a reasonable option. We took down the regime, and we thought what we had to do then was occupy then country, stabilize it, and in the mater of a few months we could reduce the force," says Keane, the former Army Vice Chief of Staff and intellectual co-author of the current troop "surge."

(WaPo) A substantial number of diplomats are developing PTSD serving in Iraq leading to questions about their preparation and treatment on return.

(Oh, and I'm holding comment on the ongoing Diyala operation until we get a better sense of what's really playing out. Although it is interesting that in the southern portion of this offensive that the US is conducting major operations deep in what used to be considered British domain.)


  • "A War on Rewind."

    This made me think....

    The only way you could say we're winning this war is if you played it backward.

    By Blogger -epm, at 3:52 PM  

  • I thought it was a good look at the repeated tactic.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 4:22 PM  

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