Feb 20, 2007

"The surge"...how is that going George?

As I sat and wrote up an article for The Blue Republic, the local news was on the TV. It was more background noise, but I did occasionally perk up and pay attention..like when I heard this phrase:

The War in Iraq is making a turn for the better.

I damn near shat myself as I sat there, listening to the talking heads tell me how things are going great in the Baghdad suburbs since the "crackdown".

I guess they didn't get the memo about the 'brazen' attack on a US base north of Baghdad.

Two suicide car bombers tore through the main gate and detonated their explosives, destroying part of the building, which the U.S. military took over after Iraqi policemen abandoned it last summer because they were threatened by Sunni extremists who control that area.

A gun battle between U.S. troops and armed men raged for about 20 minutes after the initial explosions, as helicopters from the large U.S. military base nearby in Taji rushed to the scene.

The WaPo article goes on to point out that this type of attack is unheard of..until now. Usually mortars or rockets are lobbed at the bases, but actual coordinated attacks show the insurgents are getting bolder and bolder..no shit you say?

The abandoned police station should of been a clue, I think. An Iraqi police unit trained in Jordan deserted last year after being threatened by insurgents.

The US military refused to provide much info on the attack. They also refused to confirm the Iraqi version of what happened.

The U.S. military on Monday reported the deaths of seven other service members killed in recent days, including three soldiers who died Monday when a roadside bomb exploded while they were on patrol southwest of Baghdad. Also, three Marines and a soldier were killed in the western province of Anbar in fighting since Saturday, the military said.

But..its going swimmingly over there..just ask the talking heads here in the reddest city in the reddest county in California.

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