Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Even The Green Zone Is Completely Unsafe

The fortified Green Zone has come under increasing attack in Baghdad. The Green Zone is home to the American Embassy, Iraqi Parliament and other government institutions. How can we say the situation is getting better when we can not even stop the attacks in this zone?
At least 20 mortar rounds and Katyusha rockets struck the fortified Green Zone on Tuesday afternoon, killing an American service member and two other people in an attack on the heart of U.S. and Iraqi government facilities in the capital.

An Iraqi and a third person of unknown nationality were killed in the attack, according to a statement released by the U.S. Embassy. About 18 people were injured, including two U.S. military personnel and three American contract employees, the statement said.

Brig. Gen. Abdul Kareem Khalaf, a spokesman for Iraq's Interior Ministry, said 20 mortar shells and rockets had struck, while another source in the ministry put the number of blasts at more than 30. Khalaf said that between 15 and 20 people were injured.
The situation in Iraq is out of control and continues to deteriorate. How many more have to die due to the stupidity and stubbornness of this President?

The American people need to understand that any legislative action in Iraq will require 60 votes in the Senate to stop a filibuster and 67 votes to override a presidential veto. At this point the votes are not there. With each passing day more and more Republicans realize that this war is lost and are moving more towards the Democratic position.

What we must do is keep the pressure on those who refuse to face the truth. While most people seem annoyed at what they feel is the lack of Democratic action on Iraq, I see a strategy that is finally working. When the report on progress comes out in September you will see more defections from the Republican camp but this will not happen without pressure from us all.

Isn't it sad that it is the political realization that they could lose their jobs and not the senseless death of our brave young soldiers that will finally force them to act. How do any of them sleep at night?

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