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Monday, April 7, 2008

Surging to Victory

posted by on April 7 at 8:53 AM

From the NYT:

Sharp fighting broke out in the Sadr City district of Baghdad on Sunday as American and Iraqi troops sought to control neighborhoods used by Shiite militias to fire rockets and mortars into the nearby Green Zone.

But the operation failed to stop the attacks on the heavily fortified zone, headquarters for Iraq’s central government and the American Embassy here. By day’s end, at least two American soldiers had been killed and 17 wounded in the zone, one of the worst daily tolls for the American military in the most heavily protected part of Baghdad.

US soldiers are being killed and wounded in the heavily fortified Green Zone. In the zone. Christ, it’s getting easier to picture a scene like this unfolding in Baghdad:


And just how many rockets can land in the Green Zone before newspapers and news programs stop referring to it as the “heavily fortified” Green Zone?

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Being heavily fortified doesn't mean it never gets attacked. It just means the rebel laser cannons bounce off harmlessly. The green zone is invincible*.

* Invincibility warranty only does not apply to proton torpedo attacks on thermal exhaust. But what are the odds of that?

Posted by elenchos | April 7, 2008 9:03 AM

Welcome back Dan.

Posted by McG | April 7, 2008 9:10 AM

I think this is funny.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 7, 2008 9:13 AM

Ballard Pimp was on the story eight days ago:

Posted by Rain Monkey | April 7, 2008 9:15 AM

Nobody cares about you dirty forum trash peoplez.

Posted by pencil riot | April 7, 2008 9:21 AM

Oh, we'll definitely be seeing this scene. The only question is how soon?

Posted by Mike in MO | April 7, 2008 9:23 AM

Can I get a Swedish Housewife from the Ballard Pimp?????????

Posted by KeeKee | April 7, 2008 9:49 AM

Okay, so read "The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers", Paul Kennedy's brilliant look at the economics of war over the past 500 years (conclusion: the richer nation ALWAYS wins), and then look at the decline of the Dollar vs the Euro, which began almost the very day of the election in 2000. Our economy as a whole is now worth HALF of what it was in 2000. Realize that Paul Kennedy predicted the fall of the Soviet Union, and that he predicts that deficit spending, especially on military build-up, will be the biggest reason for the decline of any Great Power (that's us). Unfortunately, Bush's decisions have cut our strength as a nation in half and while we probably won't see Baghdad fall like Saigon did, it could get really, really bad.

Posted by snaggle | April 7, 2008 9:55 AM


The richer nation always wins? So, that's why we won Vietnam?

Posted by keshmeshi | April 7, 2008 10:52 AM

Yeah, and McCain, Dana Perrino, Michael O’Hanlon and all the other Bushbots are starting to make Davros sound like Mr. freakin' Rogers.

Posted by Original Andrew | April 7, 2008 11:29 AM

And you can always tell the P-I has its priorities in order with today's page one news story above the fold: Drug errors hurt 1 in 15 hospitalized kids; and not until page A4 do we find 3 U.S. soldiers killed in Baghdad attacks.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | April 7, 2008 11:44 AM

on McCain, from swimming freestyle:

"...Another might be McCain, despite his great interest and advocacy for honesty, is blowing smoke, not providing a "candid assessment" of our progress in Iraq. This is the same John McCain who famously declared it was perfectly safe to go for a stroll through a downtown Baghdad market place, posing for pictures along the way. Not long after the Senator's stroll, it was reported he was surrounded by a phalanx of U.S. troops and had a half dozen Blackhawk helicopters providing air cover overhead.

Pollyana or opportunist con artist? It's all the same to me."

Posted by Jay McDonough | April 7, 2008 2:10 PM

Your wish is my command, KeeKee. She'll be at the next meeting at Moe's.

Posted by Ballard Pimp | April 11, 2008 3:26 PM

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