Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Meanwhile, In Iraq
This comes as no surprise:
The NYT fronts administration officials acknowledging that it will take longer for the Iraqi government to reach a series of goals that the Bush administration had said would be met by this month. Officials now say they expect the goals to be met by the end of the year. This delay means that the additional troops sent to Iraq might have to stay longer than initially envisioned.
Those troops will stay until 1) Bush leaves office or 2) Congress forces Bush to remove them. It's just that simple.

Bush had said that we would know straight-away if the Iraqi's are going to respond to the surge in a positive way, if the surge was "working". Every benchmark I've read about suggests that the surge is not working. Any bets on what the next excuse will be?

And while Bush fiddles, Iraq burns:
The deaths of 4 US GIs were announced Wednesday, with 3 killed in Diyala Province and 9 wounded.

In the northern Turkmen and Kurdish city of Tuz Khurmato, guerrillas set off a bomb that killed 10 and wounded 15.

4 decapitated bodies were found in Baquba, the provincial capital of Diyala, northeast of Baghdad. In Iskandariya, guerrillas blew up a mosque. Police found 16 bodies in the streets of Baghdad. There were scattered bombings and shootings around the country.

Rolling Stone does a piece that quotes me and others on the situation in Iraq and the best and worst scenarios.
Note how the violence is becoming more disperse .... less centered in Baghdad. Time for more troops!