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May 8, 2008
By: Kevin Drum

PROBLEMS IN ANBAR?....Is the Anbar Awakening coming unraveled? In the last four weeks nine U.S. soldiers have been killed in Anbar province. That's up from two in the previous six months. Something to keep an eye on. Via Robert Farley.

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Even the neocons are incapable of bypassing the basic physical reality that no humans, let alone our ex-enemies of Anbar, can be awake forever.

Posted by: gregor on May 8, 2008 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

Hundreds of people are being killed in Sadr City right now. Will it become thousands?

Posted by: Brojo on May 8, 2008 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

Better not write anything about it.

The right has been incessant in their preaching that the negativity of the press was largely to blame for US casualties. The theory being that the negativity only emboldened our enemies to keep fighting.

The press has been nothing but positive about the Anbar Awakening, so, as long as we don't go messing with it now, when the scheiße hits the fan it will be fun to see how they spin it over in the corner.


Posted by: majun on May 8, 2008 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

We are an unlawful invader and occupier.
We have installed a puppet government.
We have brutalized, intimidated and tortured.

There are probably few families in Iraq that have not had a member killed by Americans.

They will not forget.
If you were in their shoes, what would you do?

Posted by: Buford on May 8, 2008 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

See. See!!!

People stopped clapping/writing success stories and Tink died!

Posted by: cowalker on May 8, 2008 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

What year is it? 2003? 2005? 2007?

Posted by: Radio Birdman on May 8, 2008 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

What year is it? 2003? 2005? 2007?

It's 2108. We're just keeping our troops in Iraq long enough that our mission is complete and we can declare victory, so we can then transition to just keeping our troops in Iraq forever, in a friendly sort of way.

Posted by: AJB on May 8, 2008 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

Haven't we had enough whack-a-mole? And what's with measuring success by US deaths, anyway??? If that's what counts, then I have a surefire way to succeed: LEAVE.

But if Iraqi deaths DO count, then why exclude them in the measure?

I'm asking too, what year is it? I see no more sophistication in measuring what counts than in 2003.

How about the measure of dead and displaced Iraqis? Most put it at around 4 million, or more than 1 in 10 Iraqis dead or displaced. That would be 30 or 40 MILLION relative to the US population. Let that sink in, and then tell me how meaningful the number of deaths last week are in the big scheme. They could drop to zero across the country, and you would still have 60+% of the Iraqis violently opposed to the US occupation.

Why is this hard to understand?

Posted by: tubino on May 8, 2008 at 8:16 PM | PERMALINK

I hate to be the one to break the news, but the Iraq clusterfuck might get even worse - Kurdish rebels are now threatening suicide attacks against the U.S.

You can always count on Bush to leave no stone unturned in bringing you a complete failure.

Posted by: The Conservative Deflator on May 8, 2008 at 10:38 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin cannot resist grabbing at any straw to try to portray the American effort in Iraq as a failure. It is remarkable how partisan politics causes one to lose objectivity and even to be inclined to try to find failure for your own country. None of us know how the Iraq mission will end, but pointing to nine combat deaths (each of which is tragic) in four weeks as an "unraveling" in a war is not an objective or serious analysis.

Posted by: on May 8, 2008 at 11:15 PM | PERMALINK

We are still pursuing the whack-a-mole strategy favored by great military strategists such as von Clausewitz, Sun Tzu, Don Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney.

The top objective now is to stop the bad publicity that comes from mortars and rockets hitting the Green Zone. We must keep up appearances at all cost. The the Great Wall of Sadr City is being erected at great cost and danger, but if it spares the president embarrassment, then it is worth it.

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