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Pentagon Report: ‘Surge’ Only Shifts Violence

Posted on Jun 14, 2007

Further evidence that the U.S. military buildup in Iraq is failing to quell violence in the country came Wednesday with the release of a Pentagon report detailing the sobering statistics about widespread bloodshed in Baghdad and other areas.

Washington Post:

Three months into the new U.S. military strategy that has sent tens of thousands of additional troops into Iraq, overall levels of violence in the country have not decreased, as attacks have shifted away from Baghdad and Anbar, where American forces are concentrated, only to rise in most other provinces, according to a Pentagon report released [Wednesday].

The report—the first comprehensive statistical overview of the new U.S. military strategy in Iraq—coincided with renewed fears of sectarian violence after the bombing [Wednesday] of the same Shiite shrine north of Baghdad that was attacked in February 2006, unleashing a spiral of retaliatory bloodshed. Iraq’s government imposed an immediate curfew in Baghdad [Wednesday] to prevent an outbreak of revenge killings.

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By cyrena, June 14, 2007 at 8:05 pm Link to this comment

Thanks for the web links Mr. Hammons. The “Mistakes or ‘Plans’” on Iraq and the so heavily executed “war on terror” operation.

Indeed, this has been the 50 trillion dollar question, of the past several years, and at first, it was really difficult gage between sheer incompetence and/or “malicious intent”.

So, it’s taken a lot of time to sort through, at least objectively, because the “tracks” have been covered for so long. Knowing though, that at least invasion and occupation of Iraq had in fact been long in the making, is the thing that at least gave us an early indication of how much was “planned” and how much was just the normal imcompetence of a dimmwitted president.

But then, we always knew that Bush was really dumb, but that Cheney was really NOT. So, that’s my perspective of how all of the war mongering has actually been “both”. It was planned long ago, (just like all of those war ships hovering around the Persian Gulf now, with their bomber jets positioned on Iran)but they’ve made all of these horrific “bungles” of their own secret agenda.

I’ve included a link to another piece on the “other” Army, the Private/Shadow Army run by the various contractors, but primarily Blackwater, in Iraq. Some 300 of them have died as well, but now…a handful of them are running into a really GIGANTIC persecution from their former employer. 4 of them that were killed in Iraq are having their estates sued by Blackwater, the contractor that employed them. It’s pretty awful. Doesn’t get much worse.

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By DennisD, June 14, 2007 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment
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Just another reason why there will never be a Mensa meeting of government officials in Washington D.C.

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By QuyTran, June 14, 2007 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

That’s all they wanted.

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By Tom Doff, June 14, 2007 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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Gee, we were attacked by a bunch of Saudis trained in Afghanistan, so we invaded and attacked Iraq, and now the dikes are leaking, drowning our troops and the Iraqi people.

Watch out. If the Bush Bunch uses the same logic as they used to initially attack Iraq, someone (Bush hisownself?) is gonna run over and jam his finger in Mary Cheney.

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By Hammo, June 14, 2007 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

This bloodbath is what the civilian leaders in the Bush-Cheney administration and their associates have created.

Our troops might be able to have some positive effect, but the many apparent mistakes and deceptions involved in the invasion and occupation of Iraq may be very hard or impossible to fix.

I hope our troops achieve some kind of success and I pray for them.

For those civilian leaders in the Bush-Cheney administration, I hope they receive justice.

Food for thought in the articles . . .

“Iraq War Psychology: Exploring hearts and minds of U.S. officials, press, profiteers” (, Populist Party of America)

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“‘Mistakes’ or ‘plans’ in Iraq, War on Terror?” (, Populist Party of America)

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