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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Sunday, February 04, 2007

If B is untrue, should I believe A

I smell a PR campaign.
A U.S.-Iraqi campaign to stabilize Baghdad will begin soon and the offensive against militants will be on a scale never seen during four years of war, American officers said on Sunday.....

"It's going to be an operation unlike anything this city has seen. It's a multiple order magnitude of difference, not just a 30 percent, I mean a couple hundred percent," he added, referring to previous offensives that failed to stem bloodshed.

And why am I skeptical?
All three officers sought to talk up the ability of Iraq's forces to perform better than in previous crackdowns.

These are the same Iraqi forces that are showing up in Baghdad at 55-65% of their full compliment?

(Also interesting, this meeting was with "foreign reporters". Technically, US military officials are not allowed to lie or place propaganda in the US press, but the foreign press....)


  • This is a variation of the "we were just dickin' around for the past 4 years; now we mean it!."

    This whole new-Bush, this whole new offensive, is just, well, offensive. After nearly four years of "stay the course," this new now-we-mean-it campaign presumes the administration was knowingly (even admittedly) taking a half-assed approach to the war in Iraq. Does anyone thing any of this would be happening now if the Rebublicites were still controlling congress? Bull!

    The rosy talk about Iraqi troop competence is just a return to the day of creative accounting when generals, politicians, and stooges were telling us how hundreds of thousands of Iraqi security forces had been trained and were ready to go. This was before the utter delusion was proven just that by actions on the ground. Now there back on the bandwagon. Sheesh!

    Exactly what does this administration have to do before people realize Bush, Cheney and the whole cabal are worst thing to happen to America since the Civil War?

    By Blogger -epm, at 4:14 PM  

  • I certainly agree that this wouldn't be happening without the Congress turnover. At least not like this.

    I wonder if there was a standing arrangement among the Republicans if they lost the election, "you have one year to get this thing going in the right direction. We will not let this be an issue in 2008."

    And, I would say that some elements of the Iraqi forces are fairly capable, they're just not willing to fight the fight we want them to.


    By Blogger mikevotes, at 4:31 PM  

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