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Bridge, Parliament Bombings Rock Baghdad

Posted on Apr 12, 2007

A bomb killed two Iraqi government officials and six other people and injured at least 23 when it exploded in the Iraqi parliament building’s cafeteria inside Baghdad’s Green Zone. This first bombing of the government building came just after the speaker of parliament condemned the bombing of Baghdad’s Sarafiya bridge, which partially collapsed into the Tigris River on Thursday, killing at least eight people. So much for the “surge.”

The bridge and the cafeteria attacks are major blows to the much-trumpeted Baghdad security surge now in its third month, the BBC’s Jim Muir in Baghdad says.

BBC: Explosion at Iraqi Parliament Cafe

An explosion has hit a cafeteria at the Iraqi parliament, killing at least eight people, at least two of them MPs, the U.S. military has said.

Police said they believed a suicide bomber was involved, but that they were keeping an open mind about the cause.

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BBC: Bomb Targets Baghdad Bridge

A truck bomb explosion on a bridge in Baghdad has killed at least eight people and sent several cars toppling into the River Tigris below.

The rush-hour blast partially destroyed the Sarafiya Bridge by collapsing one of its girders.

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By Toby, April 12, 2007 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment
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Green Zone Down:
Bomb Hits Parliament As Bush Moves to Make Baghdad a Prison    

“The Bush-McCain “surge” is working so well that now the very heart of the American-installed, American-protected Iraqi government has been struck by a bomb, killing at least two legislators.”

“That bridge looks like a military demolition, not a truck bomb.”

“US commanders say the number of civilians being killed in the city has fallen for the third month running, but there has been a rise in the number of violent deaths outside the city. However, the BBC’s Jim Muir in Baghdad says so far the security surge has not been able to halt the bomb attacks, which have continued virtually every day.”

“Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the attack did not mean the security operation had failed.

“We’ve said there are going to be good days and bad days concerning the security plan but the commanders are carrying out their responsibilities and working to try to make the population more secure,” she said.”

Dear Madame Secretary,
I guess this is one of the bad days.
Please dear, help me remember one of the good ones.

(McCaines stroll doesn’t count)

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By desertdude, April 12, 2007 at 6:50 pm Link to this comment

How many must die before GW gets a pair and admits
that he made a mistake. I know he never makes mistakes he told us as much. I do think he needs a pair. Or is it because he is just plain yellow?

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By John F. Butterfield, April 12, 2007 at 4:11 pm Link to this comment
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If it’s a bad day, Bush says we have to stay.

If it’s a “good” day, Bush says the surge is working.

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By Hammo, April 12, 2007 at 2:34 pm Link to this comment

It seems that the bloodbath in Iraq will continue and escalate if new approaches are not taken.

The “surge” and new counterinsurgency tactics may have some positive effect, yet they will also provide more American targets and only temporarily suppress anti-American fighters.

There don’t seem to be any easy answers, but some of the ideas of the Baker-Hamilton commission such as diplomatic outreach and “soft power” actions seem helpful.

Even the new Army-Marine Corps counterinsurgency manual emphasizes soft power and the limits of “hard power” bullets and bombs. The manual also points out that hard power can be counterproductive.

Soft power efforts should include information operations, constructive psychological ops, education and even unconventional intelligence methods. For more on this, see:

“Unconventional Human Intelligence Support: Navy SEAL’s report”
January 7, 2007

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By Lee, April 12, 2007 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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Why do we need a draft if half the world is willing to join our military to get green cards?

This Iraqi war (undeclared war) started out with about 50/50 support. Who really knows? But opinion on the war has since become incredibly lopsided. Soon the only people supporting this boondoggle in Iraq will be the military-industrial complex, the brainwashed military and our elected politicians.

Will George Bush or his underlings ever be impeached? Will George or Dick or Paul ever do a day behind bars?

Soon there will be new elections and a new president. The criminally insane politicians, who have gotten us into this mess, killed so many people and plundered so much loot will probably not only be allowed their freedom but will be rehabilitated historically and eventually glorified for their accomplishments. That’s pretty sick. But that’s what happened to tricky Dick and Vietnam. Don’t see why it’s any different this time.

Impeach early and impeach often. Jail guilty politicians with the lowest class of criminal. And pity the criminals who must share their jail cells with these reprobate scum we call our leaders.

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By Eric L. Prentis, April 12, 2007 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment
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The Green Zone is no longer a safe haven against the civil war that is raging in Iraq. The US has no right to be involved in the Iraqi civil war that will determine their destiny, consequently, the USA should pull out of Iraq now!

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By Rodney, April 12, 2007 at 10:15 am Link to this comment
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Stop reporting bad news. Bush and Mccain says we are winning. The surge is working. Report the good news,a kid went to school today.

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By Steve Hammons, April 12, 2007 at 10:02 am Link to this comment
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The surge in US troops, 15-month deployments in Iraq for active-duty Army troops and other measures may have limited success against IEDs and VBIEDs.

The new deployment schedule and the difficult deployments for National Guard and Reserve troops and families, along with calls for a bigger Army and Marine Corps, could soon lead to more calls for a new military draft.

The Army’s active component and reserve component are “breaking.”

Officials might deny the draft is coming ... until one day it is announced.

Highschoolers, college students and parents take note:

“Another view of military waivers: Flexible recruiting avoids draft”  
February 17, 2007

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“Revisiting the Vietnam War era: The draft, casualties and the Kent State shootings”
November 19, 2006

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By Quy Tran, April 12, 2007 at 9:12 am Link to this comment
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The Iraq’s ocean of blood becomes bigger and bigger each day. Many thanks to Bush/Cheney ! Your guys now can rest in peace !

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