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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

DAMF: Strolling in Baghdad

posted by on April 18 at 8:39 AM

How’s the surge working out?

Last week we were told that a deadly bombing in Karbala was the result of our troops surging into Baghdad, making it so hard for insurgents to operate in the Iraqi capitol that they quit Baghdad for other cities. Then came the bombing of the Iraq parliament building inside the must-always-described-as-heavily-foritified Green Zone. And today… bombs are going off all over Baghdad. The body count ranges from 127 to 170.

We’re two months into the surge—the surge John McCain told us was working. We’re making progress, buying carpets, and Baghdad is safe for strolling. Or not. From the NYT:

U.S. officials had cited a slight decrease in sectarian killings in Baghdad since the U.S.-Iraqi crackdown was launched Feb. 14. But the past week has seen several spectacular attacks on the capital, including a suicide bombing inside parliament and a powerful blast that collapsed a landmark bridge across the Tigris River.

”We’ve seen both inspiring progress and too much evidence that we still face many grave challenges,” Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a U.S. military spokesman, told reporters Wednesday. ”We’ve always said securing Baghdad would not be easy.”

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3,311. Oh, and the guy who sold the carpets to McCain's buddy was killed the next day, as were all the others in that market who talked to the Americans. McCain's got some very specific blood on his hands.

Posted by Fnarf | April 18, 2007 9:07 AM

My only solace is that the assholes responsible will be villified as monsters and killers in the history books. A hundred years from now, people will be scorning the names of all these bastards. Children will use this time in history as a cautionary tale, an example of how "pre-emptive" war does not solve anything, and that it was a fallacy to begin with.

All Americans have blood on their hands. We will be the ones explaining oursleves, much like the WW2 German generation. My future grandkids will ask:

"Why did you let this happen? Why didn't you stop it."

And all I will be able to do is shake my head.

Posted by Monique | April 18, 2007 9:24 AM

FNARF: Could you provide a link? Not that I doubt you. It seems perfectly plausible, likely even. It's just so mind-bogglingly awful that I want to read the story for myself. Killed for a photo op.

Posted by flamingbanjo | April 18, 2007 9:39 AM

Here's the Dailykos diary with links to a couple stories mentioning the killings. 21 people from that market rounded up.

Posted by Aexia | April 18, 2007 11:04 AM

Aexia: Thanks.

Posted by flamingbanjo | April 18, 2007 12:16 PM

suicide surge.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 18, 2007 3:48 PM

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