As Our Ambassador Says Crisis Is Over, New Wave Of Bombings Hit Iraq
“The crisis is over.”
--US Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, yesterday
We awake this morning to find out that a new wave of bombings in Iraq have claimed at least 41 lives just in Baghdad, with some reports now putting the figure above 50. The Washington Post reported that over 1,300 have been killed in Iraq since the bombing of the Shiite Askariya shrine in Samarra last week, yet the Interior Ministry claims it is “only” 379. The Post’s reporting was taken from morgue officials, and not the reports from our military and that of the Iraqi government.
These attacks come a day after the government's own Inspector General evaluating Iraq reconstruction has concluded that the Bush Administration had no plan at all for reconstruction.
Look, why would the Iraqis not want our asses gone, no matter what the Pentagon may think now about staying around, when they see American troops all over the place at a time of no security, no consistent electricity, and no consistent water?
Did this war make any difference in the worldwide effort against Al Qaeda? Well, according to a new international poll of 35 countries, 33 of those countries think that the Iraq war increased the likelihood of terrorist attacks around the world. I’m sure that to those in Indonesia feel this way, as a senior police official said today that Al Qaeda has financed all of that country’s recent attacks since Bush let Bin Laden escape at Tora Bora in late 2001.
And as if to underline that point, and like a man thankful for an anticipated boost when he needed it, Bush says that he thought the last minute Bin Laden tape at the end of the campaign was going to help reelect him. At the White House, they love it when a plan comes together.
Update: Two more attacks after dark in Baghdad, raising the death toll to 66.
But remember, the crisis is over.