The war zone

Posted: 10/10/2006 by Floyd in Labels:
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Since January of 2005 the Tigris River has yielded up 339 bodies and out of this number only 91 of them has been identified, since the start of Ramadan the violence has escalated to much harsher degrees, a fisherman told ABC News that he used to find about 10 bodies a day floating down by Baghdad and he used to get them out but now there are so many they just leave them, otherwise there would be no time for fishing he said. At one point work was halted at a nearby water filtering plant due to 2 corpse's stuck in the pipeline.
In the last few weeks the violence has risen sharply in the region as more of our soldiers are killed and wounded, and added to this, somehow the Taliban in Afghanistan has risen from the dead to inflict havoc once again. You remember the Taliban who where in their last throes in 2005. Well somehow they have new life once again the one's who were no longer in existence in 2004, what? 2004? Well anyway somehow they have regained life. In September Cheney said he would not change anything WMD's or not and maintained that the U.S led invasion was right,
hence the 'stay the course' theory, since the war began we have took over 2,700 casualties and now that the American people want some kind of exit strategy, or at least some good news on accomplishments in Iraq we are now labeled 'cut and run' versus the label 'stay the course' these are what they look like, labels, but let us look at the big picture the lives of men and women who have died and been wounded and are still dying who stands up for them? We have been in Iraq a few years now that don't look like 'cut and run' to me, will the Iraqis be able to maybe take over soon on these duties of governing themselves? In the news media the past week or so alone we have read about murders, torture, and suicide bombings among other things and judging from this it would seem Iraq is in deterioration mode. Some columnists have fiddled with the notion of Civil War in Iraq and from the information coming out in the press it would seem that Iraq is experiencing that now, the killings between Sunni and Shiites that have been going on, and with more frequency as the days go by is painting a bleak picture for Iraq.
So how do Iraqis feel about our presence in their country? Well they want us to go home, or the majority of them do one article written back in January states this; "We don't have to be terrorists to be against the Americans," Al-Janabi explains. "It's just representing how Iraqis feel." A poll put out by the Washington Post in September of this year says that 3 quarters of people in Baghdad want 'all' foreign forces out of the country, 65% want it to be immediate and 71% want it within the year and that is pretty impressive numbers I would say, so we are faced with a solid majority of citizens of Iraq who want us to leave the country altogether. And with this scenario a lot of think-tankers are suggesting that if we leave, then the country would collapse and become a breading ground for terrorism, but if we stay we are in a problem dealing with a majority who want us to vacate as soon as yesterday. With these kinds of numbers against you while also fighting an insurgency it would cut one's success rate very low and would be a most difficult problem to accomplish little if anything.
James A. Baker said yesterday that he expected the group to depart from Mr. Bush's 'stay the course' approach after the November elections, Mr. Baker is the Republican co-chairman of a bipartisan commission assessing Iraq strategy for Mr. Bush. He also said the group believes there are alternatives other than 'stay the course' and 'cut and run.' This article also leads one to believe that Mr. Baker might be trying to put some distance between himself and the White House. In this interview he flirts with the idea that people want some real change, but the article back in March hardly sees it the way Mr. Baker is implying, one is led by the article back in March that we could be in Iraq for the long haul.
An article in the Washington Post came out today talking about the concept of the 'Axis of Evil' compromising Iraq, Iran and North Korea, so today we can see that Iran is still enriching uranium and Iraq is one big mess and North Korea, well, they just tested a nuclear weapon. Some Republicans toyed with the idea that North Korea would get the Foley fiasco out of the lime light but Democrats however see it as another failure, it might get Foley on the back burner but now it turns up the heat on global matters and how they are being dealt with around the world of foreign policy.

5 comments:

  1. Jim says:

    Good job of reporting, Floyd. I usually learn something when I read your work.

  1. good info...im waiting for someone to show some good sense and say there will be a change in the policy regarding the war..but i doubt it..

  1. Floyd says:

    Thanks Jim and Yellowdog granny nice to hear from you guys, I just wish they could show us some progress, but it would be hard because there is so much not in our favor.
    I just heard as I am watching CNN something is going on over there now, explosions in a chain reaction or something, the way they are talking right now on CNN is it was some kind of munitions dump? Or a military base the news is still breaking on this.
    The Republican strategy seems to be now that I am hearing is concentration on local issues instead of the Foley fiasco, and the war in Iraq, health care etc. etc. In other words they have no talking points left.

  1. Jim says:

    The Repugs are so desperate that today Chris Shays deflected the Foley shame by reminding us of Ted Kennedy at Chappaquidick.

  1. Floyd says:

    Lord what have they become? I know the strategy now is to talk about stuff local since they have no foreign policy, but they will get into hot water there also because they have no domestic agenda either.
    The only folks that have profited from the so called tax cuts are folks making over $200,000 and up, so they can't talk about middle-class, and they can't talk to the church folks because of Foley.
    If you think about it 'old fashioned' conservatism was destroyed by this administration.Since they have started reminding of us Ted, then they might as well talk about 'woodstock',I am going to commend them for trying to mirror the administration of Hubert Hoover though, they have done a good job of getting us to that point again.
    They are also trying to scare the public and using the tax and spend liberal slogan, what they don't tell you is they spend,spend,spend and with no way to back it up, eventually the country will collapse due to bankruptcy, I mean, you can only rob so much of the needy programs and the middle-class workers until you get to the straw that breaks the camels back.