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August 21, 2008



Saw the below from McClatchy. Something the necons are not interested in dealing with now anymore than they were 5 years ago.

In regards to the McClatchy article, I’m shocked! Shocked!

Seriously, this is news? You mean in a country run under Shiite Sharia Law, there is no room for Sunnis in the security forces? No!

A Shiite Sharia “democracy”.

Now there’s an oxymoron for you.

I don't think the word collapse in the headline is appropriate. In order for something to collapse, it had to be there in the first place and there is nothing different here than there was 5 years ago or that there will be 5 years from now.

Key U.S. Iraq strategy in danger of collapse

BAGHDAD — A key pillar of the U.S. strategy to pacify Iraq is in danger of collapsing because the Iraqi government is failing to absorb tens of thousands of former Sunni Muslim insurgents who'd joined U.S.-allied militia groups into the country's security forces.

American officials have credited the militias, known as the Sons of Iraq or Awakening councils, with undercutting support for the group al Qaida in Iraq and bringing peace to large swaths of the country, including Anbar province and parts of Baghdad. Under the program, the United States pays each militia member a stipend of about $300 a month and promised that they'd get jobs with the Iraqi government.

But the Iraqi government, which is led by Shiite Muslims, has brought only a relative handful of the more than 100,000 militia members into the security forces. Now officials are making it clear that they don't intend to include most of the rest.

Jack Dailey

The Surge has an erie reminance of the bulge. It is inevitable that that longer we keep our troops fighting abroad, that we develop new tactics to counter our enemies. However exposing our own counter insurgency tactics is reckless. The mandate is up in 2011 and the prime minister wants us out. If we have developed the strategy and tactics to indeed win in Iraq, then it is a perfect time to withdraw without exposing our enemy to the strategy that they will ultimately learn to counter. After all something is going to bring us back into that part of the world again.

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