19 May 2005

A reality-based perspective on Iraq

Are we winning in Iraq?
American military commanders in Baghdad and Washington gave a sobering new assessment on Wednesday of the war in Iraq, adding to the mood of anxiety that prompted Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to come to Baghdad last weekend to consult with the new government.

The generals said the buildup of Iraqi forces has been more disappointing than previously acknowledged…

The senior officer who met with reporters in Baghdad said there had been 21 car bombings in the capital in May, and 126 in the past 80 days. All last year, he said, there were only about 25 car bombings in Baghdad.


"There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action." ~ The "Downing Street Memo," dated 23 July 2002, paraphrasing former MI-6 Director Sir Richard Dearlove re. "his recent talks in Washington"

Cursed are the proud, for they shall inherit the quagmire.

Cursed are the warmongers, for they shall be called sons of bitches.