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Sunday, August 19, 2007

American soldiers in Iraq: Escalation is not working

In the end, we need to recognize that our presence may have released Iraqis from the grip of a tyrant, but that it has also robbed them of their self-respect. They will soon realize that the best way to regain dignity is to call us what we are — an army of occupation — and force our withdrawal.


At 8/21/2007 3:58 PM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

Army of occupation?

From Michael Totten in Iraq:

“When you came and liberated this country,” he continued, “Iraq had 25 million Saddams. America is turning us back into human beings. That soccer field is not for a specific person. It is for everybody. We appreciate that. We believe that if Americans have something that is ours, they will return it to us. If the Iraqi government has something that is ours, we forget it.”

Our host for the evening nodded in agreement.

“We support you,” the man continued. “You support our back, we support your back. But you must understand: If you pull back, we will pull back. I will have no choice but to pull back if I can’t depend on you. It will be much harder for us to stand together. But as long as you stand firmly behind us we will support you against Moqtada al Sadr and the other bastards in the area.”


At 9/08/2007 7:32 AM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

"Escalation is not working"????

Where have you been? Even Dems who voted against the war are admitting that the surge has been working. Violence and fatalities have been reduced dramatically. You guys really need to get up to speed....


At 9/11/2007 5:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

where are you now, Jack? Here's some IRAQI's that don't see the surge as working:


Gee, they disagree with the Iraqis you put up. Imagine that.

But either way you're missing the point. The surge was supposed to buy time for the Iraqi political establishment to get their act together. They haven't. They probably won't. Doesn't look like they've moved much at all. If they keep doing nothing, the surge is doomed eventually. Even the militarists admit that without a political solution, nothing done militarily will work.

At 9/12/2007 8:04 PM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

I disagree. The surge was supposed to reduce the number of terrorist attacks. It has. I agree with you that the political establishment hasn't gotten it's act together, but hopefully things will improve.

As for how well the surge is working, I think the consensus across the board has been extremely positive. Sure, you can always find Iraqis that disagree, like lefty blog favorite Riverbend...

- for more on her you might find this interesting:
http://jeffweintraub.blogspot.com/2007/04/tragedy-complexity-in-iraq-case-of.html -

...but it's getting tougher to deny that there are positive things happening over there...regardless of the pro-surrender talking points that you and Osama bin Laden have brought up recently.


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