Monday, November 27, 2006

More nonsense

I remember back in 2003 when this war started, I thought it was a very very very bad idea. It turns out I was wrong, it was a very very very very very very very bad idea. We have officially lost to the insurgency and increased al-Qaeda's power. However, in President Bush's defense, he DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH AN INTERN. From the Washington Post:
The U.S. military is no longer able to defeat a bloody insurgency in western Iraq or counter al-Qaeda's rising popularity there, according to newly disclosed details from a classified Marine Corps intelligence report that set off debate in recent months about the military's mission in Anbar province.

The Marines recently filed an updated version of that assessment that stood by its conclusions and stated that as of mid-November, the problems in troubled Anbar province have not improved, a senior U.S. intelligence official said yesterday. "The fundamental questions of lack of control, growth of the insurgency and criminality" remain the same, the official said.

The Marines' August memo, a copy of which was shared with The Washington Post, is far more bleak than some officials suggested when they described it in late summer. The report describes Iraq's Sunni minority as "embroiled in a daily fight for survival," fearful of "pogroms" by the Shiite majority and increasingly dependent on al-Qaeda in Iraq as its only hope against growing Iranian dominance across the capital.
UPDATE: From AmericaBlog, what else has our involvement in Iraq gotten us? This:
"[Iranian President] Ahmadi-Nejad's hand may in fact have never been stronger. With an ambitions nuclear program, the world's third largest oil reserves, a massive army and ballistic missile arsenal he's also gained huge popularity on the so called Arab street by supporting Hezbollah's recent fight against Israel.
Either way Tehran is now clearly a necessary destination for key players in the Middle East. "
I thought the war in Iraq was going to strengthen our hand in the Middle East? We must be playing for the low-hand.

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