Monday, September 24, 2007

More "Returns on success"

By Libby

Just another day of ordinary life in Iraq.

A suicide bomber struck a reconciliation meeting of Shiite and Sunni tribal leaders and senior provincial officials in Baqouba on Monday, killing at least 15 people, including the city's police chief, security officials said.

That would be the same city that the sainted Gen. "don't dare say betray" Petreaus held up as a sign of progress. As recall, he said we had cleared out all the bad guys and the locals love us and are ratting out the insurgents to help us. We've got thousands of soldiers there right now and we still can't secure a major meeting of our new allies? I guess it all depends on what you think the meaning of progress is. But that's not all.
Also Monday, Iran closed [five] major border crossings with northeastern Iraq on Monday to protest the U.S. detention of an Iranian official the military accused of weapons smuggling, a Kurdish official said.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has condemned Farhadi's arrest, saying he understood the man had been invited to Iraq.

"The government of Iraq is an elected one and sovereign. When it gives a visa, it is responsible for the visa," al-Maliki told the AP in an interview Sunday in New York. "We consider the arrest ... of this individual who holds an Iraqi visa and a (valid) passport to be unacceptable."

Yeah, tell it to Petraeus, Mr. Maliki. We're busy winning hearts and minds here you know. It's all in the book.
The U.S. military said the suspect was being questioned about "his knowledge of, and involvement in," the transportation of EFPs and other roadside bombs from Iran into Iraq and his possible role in the training of Iraqi insurgents in Iran.

And you can bet he's going to keep being questioned until he comes up with the right answers. We've got a new war to sell here you know.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Smooth Jazz said...

So, Let me see if I get this straight: Sunnis & Shiites are having a reconciliation meeting, a suicide bomber tries to blow it up, and you feel good that it refutes the "Surge is Working" storyline. One suicide bomb goes off and we are defeated and Gen Petraus startegy has failed. LOL.

I guess the fact that Sunnis & Shiites were trying to work together was not a positive in your view of the world. You are resigned to relying on suicide bombers to get your point across. Good grief.

Some people are so invested in defeat it is nausiating.

7:10:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Jazz, this is not just a random bombing. We've got thousands of soldiers on the ground there and they can't secure an important meeting? In a place Petreaus said was totally secure?

You call that success? If you can, then your standards are lower than mine.

8:53:00 PM  
Blogger The Griper said...

libby,

no place is ever totally secure not even here in the States. all you have to do to see that is see how many Presidents with all the security around them get shot. we have had one President killed and another one that also was shot and nearly killed in the last few years. and that was not even in a case of war here in States.

so, your accusation is unfounded.

4:56:00 AM  

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