Monday, January 29, 2007

Pre-surge violence begins in earnest

Here's what we know for sure. A major Muslim holiday, Ashura, is being celebrated in Iraq. There was a huge battle outside the center of the festivities in Najaf. A lot of people are dead now and a whole lot of people are talking about it but nobody seems to be quite sure who was fighting who. The only clear fact that has emerged so far is that at least one US BlackHawk helicopter went down in the fighting and this event is likely to cause some major reprecussions in the days to come.

Fasten your seatbelts boys and girls. I think we're going to hit some turbulence on the way up to the escalation.

UPDATE: Midwestern Progressive checks into comments with this link reporting Bush is already spinning this attack as a signal of Iraqi security forces readiness. However, as the details emerge, the only thing this little sortie made clear is that superior air power can make short work of exposed ground troops -- but we knew that already. Unfortunately, the Iraqis don't have an Air Force to speak of, nor any form of viable aircraft. That might suggest to more sober observers that the Iraqis are far from self-sufficiency.
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3 Comments:

Blogger Midwestern Progressive said...

Here is what we know.

Hundreds of someones was killed. But few of them were killed by Iraqi security forces. It appears that most, if not all, were killed by American air power. That is air power that Iraqis will likely never have access to, at least not any time soon.

So when George Bush claims that this "tells him something" about the newly trained Iraqi security forces, it can charitably be called "embellishment."

(It could uncharitably be called something else entirely.)

3:55:00 PM  
Anonymous lester said...

weird story. it was apparently some apocolyptic cult sort of like the iraqi branch davidians or something who were goin to go on a killing spree. allegedly.

8:24:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I think we won't know for a while what really happened Lester.

11:21:00 AM  

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