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Killing Americans

The “Coalition” could win the war in Iraq, but a few niggling issues remain:

The number of roadside bombs planted in Iraq rose in July to the highest monthly total of the war, offering more evidence that the anti-American insurgency has continued to strengthen despite the killing of the terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Along with a sharp increase in sectarian attacks, the number of daily strikes against American and Iraqi security forces has doubled since January. The deadliest means of attack, roadside bombs, made up much of that increase. In July, of 2,625 explosive devices, 1,666 exploded and 959 were discovered before they went off. In January, 1,454 bombs exploded or were found.

The bomb statistics — compiled by American military authorities in Baghdad and made available at the request of The New York Times — are part of a growing body of data and intelligence analysis about the violence in Iraq that has produced sombre public assessments from military commanders, administration officials and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“The insurgency has gotten worse by almost all measures, with insurgent attacks at historically high levels,” said a senior Defense Department official who agreed to discuss the issue only on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for attribution. “The insurgency has more public support and is demonstrably more capable in numbers of people active and in its ability to direct violence than at any point in time.”

How much longer will Bush, Blair and Howard deny reality? Until there is a full withdrawal from the occupied country, foreign troops are a legitimate target of the resistance.

And they’re winning.

12 comments ↪
  • Addamo_01

    You get the feeling that Bush is really losing it. This week he expressed "frustration" that American's were becommong fed up with the war and frustration that the Iraqis don't appreciate what a wonderful thing he did to fuck their country and bring them civil war.

  • Addamo_01

    Looks liek it might be time for another memeber of Blair Cabinet to get the boot for speakign out of line:

    John Prescott has given vent to his private feelings about the Bush presidency, summing up George Bush's administration in a single word: crap.

    http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article

  • Adam

    The decision to invade Iraq on false accusations has proved to be the worst move made by USA and UK. Other nations who were smart although somewhat behind the coalition did not directly get involved until they had to, so no pressure would fall upon then when the war goes wrong.

    This is the classic British way “Divide and Conquer”. To change the Middle East where Iraq would be divided by 3 sub-nations (or countries) Iraq needs to have a civil war, because without a civil war the world will not call out for the crime and atrocities to stop. So the only way to stop the blood shed would be to define boarders and segregate each other such as Shia’s in the south and Sunnis in the middle leaving Kurdish to rule the north. By having these 3 sub-nations Iraq would no longer pose a treat to US and UK interests in the Middle East as they will have to deal with problems of their neighbors and pose a much lower risk to the existence of Israel.

    This is part and parcel of the (shaping) New Middle East Condi was chatting about recently.

  • Leo Buddha

    Antony observed [choose your adverb]:

    And they’re winning.

    And the long-suffering ordianary Iraqi people (whose welfare is paramount for some) are loosing…

  • Addamo_01

    And the long-suffering ordianary Iraqi people (whose welfare is paramount for some) are loosing…

    And who's fault is that Leo?

    Lose the crocodile tears Leo. They're not sonvincing anyone of your sudden wave of compassion for Iraqis.

  • Leo Buddha

    Addamo wrote

    And who’s fault is that Leo?

    Not just of the coalition if bumbling. As the shallow thinkers and the pseudo-moral, haughty, myopic and knee-jerk phony peace-activists wannabees want to believe.

  • Addamo_01

    Leo Buddha wrote:

    As the shallow thinkers and the pseudo-moral, haughty, myopic and knee-jerk phony peace-activists wannabees want to believe.

    So how many IED's, roadside bombs, and suicide atttacks were taking place prior to 2003?

    At what time prior to 2003, were Iraqi's forced to que up for over a mile to fill up their cars with oil?

    At what time prior to 2003 did Iraq ever have to import oil?

    At what time prior to 2003 did Iraq have anything resembling a civil war?

    At what time prior to 2003 were people dying at the rate of 100 per week?

    None of these were the result of oalition bumbling right? Just an almighty coincidence.

  • Leo Buddha

    Addamo_01 wrote

    None of these were the result of oalition bumbling right?

    I could add to the list. 🙂

    Why do you choose to presume otherwise, Addamo_01?

  • M.Mayes

    an honest mistake I am sure, assuming that you were as shallow as the rest of the Pro-Israel posters that have come here. Kudos to you Leo if you understand how much crap the coalition has caused for Iraq.

  • Addamo_01

    Why do you choose to presume otherwise, Addamo_01?

    Get the hell out of there right away. Things are clearly NOT getting better, and the Us presence is fuelling much fo the violence.

    Even worse, it is common knwledge that the US had a plan B in the event that the "democratization" process didn;t go according to plan. Plan B involved fuelling sectarian vilence in the hope of creating a civil war and splittingthe country into 3 states.

    I suspect the real reason Bush does not want to withdraw from Iraq is a) ego and b) to avoid the possibility of a unified Iraq emerging from the ashes that is not US friendly.

  • Suze

    and c) to avoid oil prices dropping too far. Exxonmobil never had it so good.

  • Bernadotte

    Plan B involved fuelling sectarian vilence in the hope of creating a civil war and splittingthe country into 3 states

    —————

    The plan to smash Iraq into little pieces was formulated by Oded Yinon in 1982 – for Israel, of course:
    http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/03/335031.s