I guess the 101st Fighting Hypocrites ( Captain Ed, The Weekly Standard, Michelle Manufacturedoutrage Malkin and the other usual suspects will be giving this guy the Swiftboat treatment) a soldier/blogger from Iraq, Reporting On Truth, Justice And The American Way Of War – Stupid Shit of The Deployment Awards!
Working with 1920s – A Sunni insurgent group we’ve been battling for months, responsible for the death of my friend and numerous attacks, agreed to fight Al Qaeda alongside us. Since then, they’ve grown into a much more organized, lethal force. They use this organization to steal cars and intimidate and torture the local population, or anyone they accuse of being linked to Al Qaeda. The Gestapo of the 21st century, sanctioned by the United States Army.
The Surge – The beefing up of ground forces in Iraq at the beginning of the year, started by the 82nd Airborne. Unit deployments were moved up several months to maintain a higher level of boots on the ground to quell the Baghdad situation. What most don’t realize is the amount of actual fighting troops in a brigade, something in the area of 2,000 soldiers in a brigade of 5,000 depending on what unit it is. So for every 2,000 fighters, there are 3,000 pencil pushers sucking up resources in every brigade that was surged. A logistical nightmare that, surprise, failed miserably. The increase of troops in Baghdad pushed the insurgents to rural areas (like Diyala), hence our move here in March. The surge was nothing more than a thorn in the side of nomadic fighters having to move thirty five miles while the generals watched Baghdad with stubborn eyes.
This story would seem to support that soldier’s assertion that the mess just metastasizes it hasn’t stopped because of the Great Escalation by the Commander Guy, Iraq body count running at double pace
This year’s U.S. troop buildup has succeeded in bringing violence in Baghdad down from peak levels, but the death toll from sectarian attacks around the country is running nearly double the pace from a year ago.
Ann Coulter, saved from jail by friends in high places (maybe she’s buddies with Lindsay and Paris) keeps doing her best to drive Americans toward enlightened liberalism. After all what sane person would want to be on her side, Coulter: “[I]f you attack the Clintons publicly, make sure all your friends know that you are not planning suicide”
On the August 23 edition of Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter asserted: “[I]f you attack the Clintons publicly, make sure all your friends know that you are not planning suicide, that you’re not careless when you drive a car.” Coulter was apparently referring to conservative allegations that the Clintons were somehow involved in the death of Clinton deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster. As Media Matters for America has repeatedly documented (here, here, and here), numerous investigations have determined that Foster’s death was a suicide. The Office of the Independent Counsel — then headed by Republican Kenneth Starr — completed its inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Foster’s death with a report issued on October 11, 1997, which concluded that “based on investigation and analysis of the evidentiary record … Mr. Foster committed suicide by gunshot in Fort Marcy Park.”
Charles Krauthammer is a wonder. I mean that. He can’t write. My neighbor’s dog has more ideas and certainly has a better personality, yet Republicans see him as some great sage. Strange. THE TWILIGHT REALM OF HIS OWN SECRET THOUGHTS
“We should have given up on Maliki long ago and begun to work with other parties in the Iraqi Parliament to bring down the government, yielding either a new coalition of less sectarian parties…
The choice is difficult because replacing the Maliki government will take time and because there is no guarantee of ultimate political success. Nonetheless, continuing the surge while finally trying to change the central government is the most rational choice because the only available alternative is defeat â€” a defeat that is not at all inevitable and would be both catastrophic and self-inflicted.” (emphasis mine)
As Prospect notes this is simply brilliant. The whole concept of “less sectarian” must have beamed directly into Chuck’s head by those black monoliths from 2010. Those perfect political entities must be beaming in from some other world or dimension since less sectarian parties don’t exist in Iraq. Chuck, great sage that he is keeps their identity a secret. I wonder why. I also wonder why he can’t be replaced with someone who can write and knows what they’re talking about.
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. – James Madison