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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 02:48 PM
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U.S. confronts reality of Iraq in 2006

U.S. confronts reality of Iraq in 2006

By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 41 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - After years of optimistic claims from Washington, Iraq is ending 2006 with the American strategy in shambles and a politically weakened Bush administration struggling for a way out of the impasse.

Sectarian slaughter rages in Baghdad and religiously mixed areas, carried out by shadowy militias and death squads believed linked to Shiite and Sunni politicians and clerics. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has done little to curb the militias some linked to his fellow Shiite allies.

In the dusty towns of Anbar province, Sunni Arab insurgents ambush American and Iraqi forces daily. An estimated 100,000 Iraqis flee the country every month to escape the violence, according to the Washington-based Refugees International. The U.S. death toll neared 3,000 in December.
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The Samarra blast triggered a wave of sectarian reprisal killings that has led many scholars and political analysts to conclude that the country is now in a low-intensity civil war with the 140,000 U.S. troops caught in the middle.

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But the crackdown faltered, forcing the U.S. command to send thousands of American soldiers into the streets, some from flashpoints in the insurgent-ridden Anbar province. That led to a spike in U.S. casualties more than 100 dead in October alone but failed to stop the violence.

U.S. soldiers complained that the Iraqi troops weren't motivated. Privately, Americans complained that they simply didn't have enough troops of their own to quell the violence.

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"The U.S. effectively sent a bull in to liberate the china shop," former Pentagon analyst Anthony Cordesman said. "And the study group now called upon the U.S. to threaten to remove the bull if the shop doesn't fix the china."


So it was about liberation?

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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 03:09 PM
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1. The WH et all create their own reality.
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Ouabache Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 10:54 PM
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2. come 08 they will try to spin all failures onto Dem Party
it will work if they give the MSM enough $$ to catapault it out there
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:03 PM
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3. Which brings up the point
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 11:03 PM by BeFree
that the democrats have been totally ineffectual the last four years. Dems have not had one bit of say-so into the policy, except for voting to pay for the damn war.

It has been a completely republican controlled operation and it's in the toilet.

If the dems do get the troops out, Americans will be quite happy to be done with all of that mess.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 02:10 AM
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4. And this sad reality....
Do not kill a woman, a child or an old man. Do not cut a tree.

It is so hard to comtemplate what we have done there.
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