Tuesday, August 07, 2007

The Surge Is Not Working

We were told that in order to judge the success of the surge we would need to wait until all troops were in place. That happened last month and there has been no let up in the violence or political upheaval. The only surge has been in the deaths of our soldiers.
Four more U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, the military said on Tuesday, raising the U.S. death toll for the first six days of the month to 21 as thousands of troops battle militants in intense summer heat.

Off the battlefield, Iraq's crumbling national unity government was in crisis after five secularist ministers said they would boycott cabinet meetings until Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki addressed demands they first gave him in February.

The move means that 17 ministers, nearly half the cabinet, have now quit or are boycotting government meetings. The main Sunni Arab bloc pulled out last week and ministers loyal to Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr withdrew in April.
Those responsible for this war need to be held accountable. You can bet that come Septmeber, when no progress can be shown, that the administration will throw General Petraeus under the bus and blame him for the lack of progress.

When will the American people have had enough of this daily death and destruction and demand an end to our involvement in Iraq but how can we just leave a country that we destroyed? We have been put into a no win situation and have brought the Iraqi people with us. This is by far the greatest foreign policy disaster in our nations history and we have President Bush to thank for it. This is his war and his mess but we will all be paying for it for the next generation. How about we send him a bill when he leaves office like they send our troops?

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