Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Monday, March 05, 2007
Meanwhile, In Sadr City
Security troops finally began moving into Sadr City. I've written about how Sadr is planning to play nice while we fight the Sunni's and that surely seems to be what is happening. But this caught my eye as well:
The incursion into Sadr City by more than 600 U.S. soldiers and 550 Iraqi troops lasted only a few hours, but it marked the largest operation into the area in more than three years. The NYT says the incursion was "widely anticipated for days" and it "lacked any element of surprise" because it came after much negotiation with neighborhood leaders and representatives of Sadr.
Please, ... pretty please can we come in to your neighborhood for a few hours (they left after staying a couple of hours, no permanent alamo installed)? We promise not to disrupt anything .....

Anyway, notice the troop counts. I thought one of the benchmarks was that the escalation into Baghdad was supposed to be an Iraq mission with U.S. troops in support? My my. That's a whole lot of support, don't you think? Let's see, that works out to greater than a one to one ratio of "supporters" to "fighters".