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General Acknowledges Failure of Baghdad Effort

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Posted on Oct 20, 2006

Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV expressed concern Thursday over the failure of the military’s new Baghdad strategy to curb mounting levels of violence in the city: “In Baghdad alone, we’ve seen a 22% increase in attacks during the first three weeks of Ramadan, as compared to the three weeks preceding Ramadan.”


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BAGHDAD—The top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq acknowledged Thursday that a much-touted security crackdown by American and Iraqi forces had failed to reduce violence in the capital and called the results “disheartening.”

With attacks in Baghdad having increased by 22% in the first three weeks of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began in late September, Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV said that military planners might have to go back to the drawing board.

“We’re obviously very concerned about what we’re seeing in the city,” Caldwell said. “We’re taking a lot of time to go back and look at the whole Baghdad security plan. We’re asking ourselves if the conditions under which it was first devised and planned still exist today, or have the conditions changed and therefore a modification to that plan needs to be made.”

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By CRG, November 9, 2006 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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When all the smoke has cleared from this horrible war (because all war’s are horrible), we will see a free, democratic nation in the Middle East.  We will see people that can freely speak their minds & vote for whomever they wish without fear that they may lose their lives.  We will see people that are grateful to the United States & the other nation’s that helped liberate them.  We will see a thriving economy run by the Iraqi people who will still have their oil.  We will see people that no longer live in fear. 

Do we see these things now?  No, but we will.  The Iraqi people have lived in fear and oppression much too long and until you’ve lived under a dictatorship, you have no idea what it means to live in fear for your life and your families lives.  I have personally experienced the fear of speaking against your government in your own living room.  Fear that your neighbor may be a spy from the government and you could lose your life or your family could lose their lives.

Any tyrant; dictator and oppressor that is removed by any means deserves his fate and in the years to come, the people will be grateful.

I am glad I have escaped that life and I only wish that the United States would go over to my country and remove our horrible dictator…who by no means is as bad as Saddam Hussein was.  Let him hang!!!

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By Fadel Abdallah, October 21, 2006 at 9:28 am Link to this comment
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When the smoke of the evil propaganda machine of Bush and gang finally dissipates, misguided Americans will be awaken to the sad reality of how much evil, killing and destruction was done in their names and with their tax-payer’s money.

Just think about it! For the long years that Saddam Husein ruled Iraq with an iron fest, there was never a single suicide bomber. In fact, this type of warfare was not at all known in the area. Since the Zionist occupation of Palestine and the American invasion and occupation of Iraq, this has become the favorite weapon of resistance to these two barbaric occupations. Suicide bombing has become the only weapon of choice for those who don’t have the weapons of mass destruction the Israelis and Americans use in the occupied territories.

Hence, it is logical to say that Israel and the U.S.A. are responsible for creating this weapon of necessity for the occupied and oppressed. Seen from this perspective, suicide bombings are desperate counterterrorism measures to the state-sponsored terrorism of Israel and the U.S.A. And as long as occupation, humiliation and desperation continues it stands more to reason that violence will continue.

You don’t need a military expert to pretend to explain things; it’s a simple logic that can be understood by a third grader:
It’s occupationn stupid!
It’s humiliation stupid!
It’s desperation and anger stupid!

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By Mike Land, October 20, 2006 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment
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When you blow away all the smoke, America invaded Iraq for the oil.  Would Americans give up their SUVs to bring home their troops?

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By Buddy West, October 20, 2006 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment
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And when we need to hold accountable the people who instigated the genocidal misadventure in Iraq.  By that I mean going beyond just the obvious two, ie. the venal figurehead George W. Bush and his immediate handler, Dick Cheney.  We need to expose the other forces behind this disaster, such as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Pearl, Douglas Feith, and a number of other unelected “neo-con” political manipulators.  Only by doing that do we send a message that there is a price to pay for chicanery.  These people don’t deserve to live a VIP life, free from responsibility for what they have done.

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By Anna Daniher, October 20, 2006 at 9:10 am Link to this comment
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Isn’t it time that we let the politicians fall where they may and concentrate on our military in Iraq? We owe them! Forget Bush’s poll numbers, weird congressmen, and whatever else passes for news. Iraq is the only news that matters. We must put pressure on military leaders to do what they do best. Run the show.  Tell Rummy to shut up.Send Bush out to ride his bike. This ongoing three ring circus is not worth dying for. We are mistreating our military. Let’s give them what they need, a date to come home. Thanks, ANNA

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