Thursday, March 27, 2008

Being greeted as "liberators" never gets old!

Nice to see that the surge is going so well:

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is promising to pursue his fight against Shiite militias in Basra to "the end."

Al-Maliki made his pledge to Basra area tribal leaders Thursday as military operations against the militias continued for a fourth day despite stiff resistance.

I hope it's still going as well 100 years from now!

And in "Green Zone" news...

Shiite militants are hammering the U.S.-protected Green Zone with rockets and mortars for the fourth day this week.

Thick, black smoke is billowing from inside the heavily fortified home to the U.S. Embassy and Iraqi government.

(Might be a good time to visit one of those open-air markets where John McCain shops!)

*From the AP.



Anonymous said...

From the perspective of the Bush administration this is actually viewed as a reinforcement that the "surge" and current strategy are working. The Iraqi army by in large part is Shia dominated and it is acting under the direction of Shia leadership (remember the Sunni boycotted the elections). Only time will tell if the new Iraqi army can stand on it's own or demonstrate some ARVN-like collaspe once they are left to fight on their own without US backing. It will be most interesting to see how Iran responds if the push in Basra is successful.


JohnnyRussia said...

I take a lot of cabs. Tonight I had a driver who grew up in Baghdad--one of many dudes I've met from Iraq. I asked this guy what he thought, and he said the same thing all the others said: Why? Why there? Why then? Why now? Saddam? Um, better than THIS.
Being greeted as liberators NEVER gets old!