Iraq Insurgency: Not in Last Throes
Despite the assertions of VP Dick Cheney that the Iraqi insurgency is in its last throes, the truth is that the Iraqi insurgency is getting stronger. The NY Times has found that the Iraq Casualty Coalition Count can provide real data about the number of deaths from IED attacks. And last month was a particularly nasty month:
Last month there were about 700 attacks against American forces using so-called improvised explosive devices, or I.E.D.'s, the highest number since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, according to the American military command in Iraq and a senior Pentagon military official. Attacks on Iraqis also reached unprecedented levels, Lt. Gen. John Vines, a senior American ground commander in Iraq, told reporters on Tuesday.
..."We're in a very, very dangerous period," said a senior military official at the Pentagon. "To be a successful insurgent you need to be able to create spectacular attacks, and they've certainly done that in the past several weeks."
The use of the IEDs (which as I have noted was an early gift from Bush to the insurgents) has grown steadily more deadly and more sophisticated. And the senior military official in the NY Times article was prophetic as in just days after this report, the headlines from Iraq read:
Iraqi Insurgents Have Become More Threatening, June 24, 2005
Deadliest Day Yet for U.S. Women Serving in Iraq, June 25, 2005
Lethal attacks in Iraq worry U.S. military, June 26, 2005
According to the last article, Bush still thinks things are peachy:
In his radio address Saturday, President Bush urged Americans to share in Iraqis' confidence. "The Iraqi people are growing in optimism and hope," Bush said. "They understand that the violence is only a part of the reality in Iraq."
It's obvious that Bush's predilection of only talking to those who agree with him lets him believe the Iraqis are optimistic. God forbid that he ever talk to a real Iraqi living in the hell he created for them:
What people find particularly frustrating is the fact that while Baghdad seems to be falling apart in so many ways with roads broken and pitted, buildings blasted and burnt out and residential areas often swimming in sewage, the Green Zone is flourishing. The walls surrounding restricted areas housing Americans and Puppets have gotten higher- as if vying with the tallest of date palms for height. The concrete reinforcements and road blocks designed to slow and impede traffic are now a part of everyday scenery- the road, the trees, the shops, the earth, the sky… and the ugly concrete slabs sometimes wound insidiously with barbed wire.
...The Green Zone is a source of consternation and aggravation for the typical Iraqi. It makes us anxious because it symbolises the heart of the occupation and if fortifications and barricades are any indicator- the occupation is going to be here for a long time. It is a provocation because no matter how anyone tries to explain or justify it, it is like a slap in the face. It tells us that while we are citizens in our own country, our comings and goings are restricted because portions of the country no longer belong to its people. They belong to the people living in the Green Republic.
How long do we follow the bastards that started this war for their own reasons which they dared not reveal because they were so base and so selfish? Honesty was never a virtue of the Bush administration. Bush wanted to be a war president and he was willing to lie and cheat to create the conditions that would convince Americans that attacking Iraq would make them safe. Now we know that Bush's decision to go to war and the way he has conducted it has made the world significantly more dangerous. And today we know that he lied to the American public that war on Iraq was the last resort. In fact, it was the only resort. Nothing was going to stand in his way. And no piddling details such as what might happen after the invasion mattered. Why plan for the aftermath? According to Bush's fantasy, by then the opposition would be kissing his feet.
Thus, Bush in his arrogance and hubris has created the hell in which our soldiers find themselves. The tenth pit of hell is too good for him and his warmongering partners in crime.