/*PenDragn: You Talked About Anbar Province Today Didn't You? Now Look! We've Lost it! For Shame! Didn't Cheney Warn Us?*/

9.10.2006

You Talked About Anbar Province Today Didn't You? Now Look! We've Lost it! For Shame! Didn't Cheney Warn Us?

No wonder Cheney was desperate to pin the tragedy in Iraq and Afghanistan on those of us who question the Bush administration's horrific wars that are not accomplishing anything.
Washington Post reports:

The chief of intelligence for the Marine Corps in Iraq recently filed an unusual secret report concluding that the prospects for securing that country's western Anbar province are dim and that there is almost nothing the U.S. military can do to improve the political and social situation there, said several military officers and intelligence officials familiar with its contents.

The officials described Col. Pete Devlin's classified assessment of the dire state of Anbar as the first time that a senior U.S. military officer has filed so negative a report from Iraq.

The article also says that the area is politically, but not militarily lost. But later it says that US and Iraqi troops are: unable to extend and sustain security beyond the perimeters of their bases... That's one of those ironic juxtipositions that reporters use in their pieces to get people to read between the censored lines? (What is the definition of "militarily lost" anyway? I guess when the troops leave, but you can always just throw in more troops when others are too depleated to go on. And yes, read that over and over 10 times or until you catch my meaning. People can't say anything outloud anymore. Well, we rebel bloggers can, but I thought I'd help you practice at gleaning the truth out of mainstream news by being obscure in this post.)

How do you recover from politically losing a people?

Many long years of tolerance and diplomacy are in store, if a government has what it takes (like brains, compassion, and resources) to do so. So this current one can give us little hope of a good resolution at all.

It would be better if the leadership of Congress didn't just become bathmats at the request of the White House.

Maybe that will change after November.