It is not surprising that casualties are way up and that 13 days into April some 55
A spike in deaths was to be expected because of increased action in
* The death of a Sunni member of Parliament (lowered from eight deaths originally reported) from a suicide bomb attack just a few feet from the main chamber of the Iraqi Parliament. Twenty two people were wounded, including 11 members of Parliament.
Parliament reconvened today to condemn the attack, which apparently was by an insurgent group with ties to Al Qaeda, but few members attended. (Desperate to squeeze even a drop of good news from the bad, some conservative bloggers remind us that there is an ongoing feud between Al Qaeda and an insurgent umbrella group. Bawaaaah!)
* The destruction by a tanker truck bomb of the heavily traveled
Sarafiya Bridgeacross the Tigris, an oft photographed symbol of a that no longer exists except in the delusion minds of John McCain and his ilk. Six people died. Baghdad
The grim reality is that despite the best efforts of U.S. commanders and their troops,
No Americans were wounded in the attacks. Both appeared to have been indiscriminate, targeting Iraqis in general as a civil war unleashed by the botched
In a sense, the occupiers have become a sideshow and the spike in American deaths is merely collateral damage in a larger drama that will continue despite the surge – and to an extent because of itThere is collateral damage in
An isolated President Bush is yet again looking for a way to rescue failed military, political and reconstruction strategies that never have been in sync over the last four years because of his manifold leadership failures.
The latest solution is to find a high-level coordinator – in effect a war czar -- to see the surge through, but everyone approached to date has turned down the White House.Grimmer still is the news that nearly half of the West Point class of 2001, the first class affected by the wars in
Bush has stretched the Army to the breaking point and now it is losing its best and brightest because of a failed presidency and a failed war.