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Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Wednesday Morning Round-Up

(Bumped.) One hundred and forty-four hours until polls open. Volunteer down the stretch.

"But you've got to be real careful about playing politics with war, because people's lives are on the line." - Sen. Lieberman

Over 2800 US lives and 600,000+ Iraqi lives. The war was entered into carelessly of people's lives and conducted carelessly of people's lives.
Central Command must be playing politics then...

A classified briefing prepared two weeks ago by the United States Central Command portrays Iraq as edging toward chaos,

It shows a sharp escalation in sectarian violence since the bombing of a Shiite shrine in Samarra in February, and tracks a further worsening this month despite a concerted American push to tamp down the violence in Baghdad.

...the military is weighing factors like the ineffectual Iraqi police and the dwindling influence of moderate religious and political figures, rather than more traditional military measures such as the enemy’s fighting strength and the control of territory.
[Note: these are typically measures used to guage the status of Civil Wars.]
An intelligence summary at the bottom of the slide reads “urban areas experiencing ‘ethnic cleansing’ campaigns to consolidate control” and “violence at all-time high, spreading geographically.” According to a Central Command official, the index on civil strife has been a staple of internal command briefings for most of this year. The analysis was prepared by the command’s intelligence directorate, which is overseen by Brig. Gen. John M. Custer.

Stay the course and fight them where?
"Stay the course and fight them where?"

There was a facetious comment on another blog that Bush should have fought the terrorists in Canada. There's the best fishing in the world and our soldiers could come home every other weekend. Its facetious but it makes sense: the terrorists weren't in Iraq but Bush drew them into Iraq so he could fight them there rather than fight them here.
Joan? And that is facetious because?
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