Saturday, June 23, 2007


25 U.S. troops killed in Iraq in the last 4 days, 78 for the month.

Per the NY Times, the operational commander of troops battling to drive fighters with Al Qaeda from Baquba said Friday that 80 percent of the top Al Qaeda leaders in the city fled before the American-led offensive began earlier this week. He compared their flight with the escape of Qaeda leaders from Falluja ahead of an American offensive that recaptured that city in 2004.

The Washington Post reports that the U.S. military fears there are not enough U.S. troops to effectively expand security operations beyond Baghdad as they are currently trying to do. Experts and officers in the field worry that insurgents will simply move from areas of engagement to other places in Iraq where the U.S. does not have enough forces to pursue them.

So casualties continue to skyrocket since Preznut Bush sent 30,000-40,000 additional troops over to Iraq for his security surge, yet we still don't have enough troops in Iraq to effectively affect much positive change on the ground there, insurgents are still escaping at will from the clutches of the U.S. military and the U.S. does not have any more additional troops to send to remedy the situation. And no one other than the completely delusional people in the VP's office actually think the Iraq security forces will be able to pick up the slack in this geopolitical game of whack-a-mole anytime soon.

Tell me again what the endgame for this war is and just what the U.S. is accomplishing with the surge policy and the increased U.S. casualties that have resulted from it?

There is no endgame. That assumes there'll be an end to our military involvement there. But the purpose of the invasion, imo, was to establish a permanent military presense in Iraq. That's the only context in which anything we've done in Iraq makes sense.
Not only that, abi, but the sole purpose of establishing a permanently military presense in Iraq is to enforce the oil resource development contract that's so favorable to Big Oil, for a period of decades, because everyone knows that the minute our last troops leave, that contract isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

I'm sure that tens or hundreds of billions of dollars on the Exxon/Mobil, Chevron/Texaco and BP P/L statements are worth every drop of American blood spilled in Iraq. Or at least I know SOMEONE thinks so, and since he's The Decider, who are we to complain.
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