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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Iraq: General Petraeus Claims Improvement

He certainly looks like he's ready to kiss a cheek, it's just not clear which of the four he would choose.

So, Petraeus assures us that the surge has "improved" things in Iraq. He does not say improved how, or to whose benefit, but I suppose the commie pinko traitors that comprise some 60 percent of the American people don't really need to know those trivial little details. NPR has some details, notably an interview with the stooge - I mean, general - here:
Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, says the "surge" in U.S. troops has achieved success, particularly against Al-Qaida-in-Iraq insurgents in Anbar province west of Baghdad. Petraeus says the military's most difficult challenge is dealing with sectarian conflicts in the neighborhoods of Baghdad.
Is that right, mister Petraeus? How come you "forgot" to mention that al_Qaeda_in_Iraq didn't even exist until the arrival of the U.S. Army? Or that Al-Anbar is the province where American soldiers were being massacred, until the U.S. decided to reduce Fallujah, one of its major cities, to a napalmed rubble? Nice to know that the military has "difficult challenges." As opposed to "not a fucking prayer." You know, kind of like these guys.
Before the US invasion of Iraq deposed dictator Saddam Hussein, the volunteers buried up to 40 people every month. In the war's worst months, that figure increased 50-fold as volunteers buried an average of more than 2,000 anonymous war victims, Ware reports.

As the war stretches through its fifth year, several hundred bodies remain unclaimed every month. The unidentified bodies of men, women and children are found on Iraqi streets and sewers as well as in bombing ruins; some are "so mangled and charred, they're unidentifiable," CNN says, while others are Sunni victims whose families are too fearful from their own lives to visit Iraq's Health Ministry morgue, which is controlled by Muqtada al-Sadr's hard-line Shiite followers.
I bet they'd give their collective right arm - heh, heh, assuming, of course, that they could find it or still had it, or it was recognizably an arm - to be dealing with "difficult challenges." Right now, they're too busy being dead to do that, you see.

I never thought the day would come when I would look at Saddam Hussein as a maligned yet still somewhat benevolent despot. It took the U.S. army and the murders of over one million civilians and the dispossession of a further 4 million Iraqis to make Saddam look good. We've killed more people in a mere four years than Saddam managed in thirty. Geezus that makes me feel sick. And now the incompetent bunglers are setting their sights on Iran. As if we haven't created enough recruits for al-Qaeda already.

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