Iraq I: A Conservative Prayer Not Answered
I know they can do it!
That damned rat Buckley jumped ship too soon!
Go Petraeus go!
Right is might!
And so on and so forth.
Even this gang knows that this is it. Anything less than a quantitative victory against the insurgent infidels in the streets of Baquba and the parched plains of Diyala will be adjudged a failure.
I also want the offensive – Operation Arrowhead Ripper , which is part of a still large offense -- Operation Phantom Thunder – to succeed.Never mind that there was not an Al Qaeda operative to be found in
These are bad guys no matter where they lurk.Also never mind that the conservative noise machine is portraying the offensive as saving that nascent Iraqi democracy.
This obscene canard is swaddled in the fictions that the Al Maliki government is working for national unity, the parliament can actually get a quorum, let alone do anything of consequence, that a thousand or so Iraqis have not been killed this month in the never ending sectarian bloodbath, that the Shiite-dominated Iraqi units accompanying Americans in the offensive are being greeted as liberators by Sunnis burghers of Baquba.
Even if there is evidence that a goodly number of Al Qaeda leaders have been brought to ground.Put down those worry beads, folks. It's over. Not enough troops then to do the job right. Not enough troops now to do the job right. The war is over.
It turns out that in yet another classic instance of the Iraq version of Wack-a-Mole, the top targets fled Baquba in advance of the offensive.
Photograph by Reuters