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The Blind Leaders of the U.S. and Iraq

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Posted on Apr 22, 2007

Despite a week of horrific violence in Iraq, President Bush reaffirmed on Friday his belief that the surge was working, while Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki insisted two days later that his country was not in a state of civil war. In the latest round of attacks Sunday, 70 people were killed, including 23 members of a religious minority.


Los Angeles Times:

The president said the number of sectarian attacks in the capital had declined by half since the stepped-up efforts began.

But Bush also said, “We have seen some of the highest casualty levels of the war.”

And he cautioned that as more troops arrive to conduct more military maneuvers, “we can expect the pattern to continue.”

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AP via Yahoo!:

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in Egypt to drum up support among Arab leaders for his Shiite-led government, told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that Iraq was not embroiled in a civil or sectarian war. Key Arab leaders pressured him to step up reconciliation efforts to include Sunni insurgents if he expects Arab support.

In the northern Iraq attack, armed men stopped the bus as it was carrying workers from a textile factory in Mosul to their hometown of Bashika, which has a mixed population of Christians and Yazidis—a primarily Kurdish sect that worships an angel figure considered to be the devil by some Muslims and Christians.

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By M Currey, April 23, 2007 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment
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Of course Bush is going to say the same thing over and over until he is out of office, I say help get him out of office the whole gang needs to be impeached, this Gonzales is just a puppet, the Dept of Justice had their policies changed by John Ashcroft, instead of the Lawyers at the Justice Dept are hamstrung with a new group of rules, in which anyone can interpt the lawyers jobs, a complaint by a Republician by so called Voter Fraud is not sent forward, even if there is no likelyhood of the case being won, kind of like the procescetor in the Lacross Team, this case was political from the beginning, the man only wanted to be in the public eye.

The administration would immediately fall on myth after myth, some people (like myself) do not believe what television news is being fed to us, we get lots of news about Anna Nacole Smith, the college student killer and all kinds of news that is news only to a certain portion of the public, the reason some things happen because someone is not paying attention, the officials at the top do not deal with the same problems as the teachers, and because they make more money consider themselves more important, in the mean time 32 people are dead because no one was really listening.

Madder than a wet hen in the state of Washington

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By detectivediana, April 23, 2007 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

Blind and stupid, indeed.
High number of casulaties, and the pattern is expected to continue. Yet, he says that expectations are being met. What, exactly, are these expectations? And he claims that the direction of the fight is being shifted… so, it’s not really getting any better, is it? There’s still fighting, there’s still violence, there’s still casualties. It’s not going in any direction where there’s an end to all of this in sight.

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By dale Headley, April 23, 2007 at 10:50 am Link to this comment
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There is good reason for Bush to be optimistic: his strategy for victory is proceeding exactly as planned.  For Bush, Cheney, Rice, et al, the number of deaths, whether American or Iraqi is totally irrelevant to the progress toward the ultimate goal: untrammeled control of Iraqi oil.  If that requires the complete and utter destruction of the country and its people, so be it.  The debate in this country as to when we will leave Iraq is a farce.  We will NEVER leave.  Exxon-Mobil wll not permit it.

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By Thomas, April 23, 2007 at 7:47 am Link to this comment
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The truth lay a little deeper.  The reaction of the Shiite and Sunni millitant groups is to be expected.  They find themselves being stripped of their power in the area.  The only thing they can be expected to do is to strike back at any target available.  They cannot face US soldiers directly and win, and with more of them arriving everyday, leaving them with less and less room to work with they will strike out at any target they can.  This is to be expected and does not mean the surge is working or not working.  Wether the surge is working or not?  That is still going to take some time to figure out.  Pacifists and peacemongers should be happy to know that this is all part of the plan to remove troops by next year.  The thinking is that if we remove the larger part of the millitant groups then the Iraqi security forces will be able to take over and we can have very limited US forces in Iraq providing support.  I cannot claim to know if this will work or not, but all you have to do is read the council on Iraq’s reccomendations from earlier this year (remember, the one everybody poo-pooed including Bush Jr.) and you will see a striking resemblance to what we are doing now.  I’d like to see our kids come home too, but the events of the last 2 weeks don’t really tell us anything other than we have put some pressure on at least a few millitant groups.

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By James Yell, April 23, 2007 at 7:41 am Link to this comment
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Iraq is not our nation or our responsibility and as long as their violence is against each other it isn’t our business either.

The only good that should come out of Iraq for the American people is the clear warning of what happens when the Religous in a country decide they wish to force themselves upon their co-citizens, regardless of what the co-citizens want. It is a clear warning of the Religious strife that we will have in this country if George Bush continues with his campaign to turn our government into a fundamentalist, authoritarian government, something it has never been in our entire history.

As for the people of doubtful virtue that we have tried to make the government of Iraq, they have no constituency and will fall the moment we leave,which is as it should be.

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By Wayne Smyer, April 23, 2007 at 7:08 am Link to this comment
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REPEAT AFTER ME! “The surge is working! We are winning the hearts and minds of the uh! uh! Iran? Irag? peoples!” your truly “vice” war president, F-You Cheney

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By DennisD, April 22, 2007 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment
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One fool lies and another swears to it. al-Maliki can have a job in the Bu$h administration anytime he wants it. Oh, sorry - he already does.

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By QuyTran, April 22, 2007 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment

They’re not only blind but also stupid since the day President Hussein was overthrown.

Only innocent Iraqis are bathing with their own blood everyday.

The “poodle” Maliki and his master Bush are very proud of their victories.

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