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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Couldn't Get Worse

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I used to be cruel to my woman

I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved

Man I was mean but I'm changing my scene

And I'm doing the best that I can

--Getting Better, The Beatles

Well, come on Wall Street, don't move slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go.
There's plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of the trade

--Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die, Country Joe and the Fish

So Senator McCain assures us it's getting better in Iraq ("McCain: Iraq Security Improving.")

But like the Beatles' tune, of course it must be improving--it couldn't possibly get worse.

The crackdown in the capital may or may not be working, but the security situation in the entire country is still a goat screw. (I felt Picasso's Guernica was the correct pictorial depiction of such a situation, short of researching some esoteric animal husbandry texts.)

The entire issue is conscribed by the following:

[1] Is this a fight against U.S. occupation, or

[2] Is this a fight for power between Sunni and Shia?

Whatever the answer--even if it is a melange--leaves the definitive question: Why are we there at all? The continued occupation of Iraq does not, can not, will not and shall not make America safer. So what are we fighting for?

McCain said in the article America lacked a "full picture" of the progress. The U.S. military later reported six soldiers killed in roadside bombings Southwest of Baghdad. I'll bet even money that the families of these soldiers now understand the "full picture," for whom these six soldiers are the centerpiece of the tableaux. Would McCain's attitude change if this were his son?

McCain seems to be impressed with the establishment of security posts throughout Baghdad. Why? U.S. troops are bunkered and hunkered and run patrols...so what?

This is not winning hearts and minds; it is simply occupying terrain on a temporary basis. Mr. McCain should remember that Saigon was secure until it fell to Communist forces. Wars are won by the end score, not the eye candy produced by our surge tactics.
The article concludes,
While the capital has seen a recent dip in violence as extra U.S. and Iraqi troops have flooded the streets, an Iraqi military spokesman said that militants fleeing the crackdown have made areas outside the capital "breeding grounds for violence," spreading deadly bombings and sectarian attacks to areas once relatively untouched.

It is sad to look at U.S. actions through a historical lens.


15 Comments:

Blogger Claymore said...

The "surge" is not bunkering fort apache behavior; it is more like beetcop behavior. We are much safer by using the population as protection by falling under the umbrella of their communities- plus it beats the hell out of driving around and facing EIDs. I believe it is all done to stabilize urban areas of Iraq that are ethnoreligiously mixed into segregated communities. You will not see any "surge" in areas that have unanimous ethnic majorities. It may take a couple months before any true signs of progress to occur (if they do at all). So far, indigenous Sunni insurgents have turned on Al Qaeda(foreign Sunni insurgents) and the Shia insurgency is infighting and splintering off into different directions. Hopefully, the democrats do not pull the carpet out from under the troops before troops succeed. If this strategy does not work, nothing else will.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 6:37:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Claymore said...

Why are we there at all? The continued occupation of Iraq does not, can not, will not and shall not make America safer. So what are we fighting for?

Keep in mind that Irans oil price manipulating brinkmanship is coinciding with their oil bourse. This might tell you as to why we have troops in two countries that border with them.

I agree with the banner on your website, a conventional war with Iran is stupid; it would be their equivelent to 9/11. We may roll into Tehran in less than 2 day but the guerrilla war with the basij would last generations; imagine human waves of fanatic suicide bombers swarming coalition forces- bad idea. Iran has about four ethnic minorities; they all hate persians and the tyranny under the regime. Attacking their country would unite them against us. I would instead use them and support their guerrillas inside Iran. Currently their own oil export/development situation is the regimes achilles heal; they keep subsidizing their own fuel usage instead of investing into developing their oil fields. Their energy consumption is increasing while it is getting cheeper; if they keep on the same path and do not receive outside investment, their oil production will be at zero in seven years(this also justifies their nuclear power needs). If they reduce their subsidies, the poeple will respond, as the subsidies are believed to be a distribution of Iran's oil wealth. Oil is also thier #1 source for government revinues since their tax system is corrupt; if you dry that up they collapse. I would further choke their government economically with US trade sanctions against foreign companies that do business with them too. There are media rumors that we are indirectly supporting guerrillas and possibly have a few teams inside Iran at this very moment- this is how you fight a modern war in my opinion.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 7:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Jeff said...

For now, the CheneyCorp. is just waiting on those PSAs to get signed. Once that oil revenue is locked down for the next 30-50 years, we'll be a bit closer to declaring "victory", but I don't expect that many troops to come home.

Gotta protect Dick's investments, er, keep the terr'ists from following us here, right?

The GOP is letting McCain run free, for the moment. Once we get closer to election '08, we'll see who they throw their weight behind. My money's on a Jeb Bush/Romney ticket. But then I remember that VP has no term limits...

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 8:11:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen, brother! I tell you what, though, I do agree with Citizen McKane on one thing: the American people are indeed not getting the full picture. Living in the sticks, I'm lucky enough to have a dozen or so chickens (at any one time) and a fairly proud but broke down old rooster. They provide me eggs for pin money (well not the rooster) and entertainment for lazy days (especially the rooster). Now when I decide I want fried chicken, it's a do-it-yourself kinda deal. Deciding to have meat on the table is a moral decision: something has to die and I have to kill it. For a chicken dinner, I have to go out in the yard, pick one of the older girls, hem her up, say my apologies, bid her farewell and...well...to spare you the details, "process" her. In other words, I get the "full picture" of a chicken dinner while the folks who pull thru the drive in at the Chicken Express for their 10 piece buckets don't. Now I bet if Mr. and Mrs. Average Fox "News" Viewer had as full of a picture of Mr. Bush's Eye-Rack "war" as I get of a chicken dinner from clucker to supper, then I spect we'd be outta there faster than proverbial you-know-what thru a goose. Nossir, Citizen McKane, we sure don't have the full picture and I don't think most Americans have the stomach for that full of a picture of their suppers OR their wars or there'd liable to be a real change of heart about both.

...anon.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 10:11:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

anon,

I appreciate your distillation to the heart of the matter.

Many a general has commented upon the horribleness and general repugnancy of war. It is one thing to wave the flags; entirely another to be over there, tasked with executing the destruction that being a soldier entails. I think you're quite right--I s'pect they wouldn't have the stomach for it.

Lisa

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 10:51:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Jeff,

Love the photo.

Your thought on the recycle-abilty of the VP office brought to mind a terrifying moment in movie history.

A crazed (what else?) Jack Nicholson hacking his way through a door in a Stephen King movie, appearing on the other side, declaring, ''He's baaaack!'' Yikes.

Lisa

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 10:56:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To most generals, "repugnant" is finding a cockroach in the tea service in the OC. The rubber meets the road a lot lower in the food chain. :-)

..anon.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 11:28:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Missouri Mule said...

This little photo op for McCain is kinda like suggesting going to Del Rio for Cinco De Mayo and taking your cross-country skis. "Gee, isn't this the best white powder you ever laid a ski on?"


But like anon so eloquently explained, Amerkans sometimes find it hard to admit that they're whole life is based on false pretence.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 12:45:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Missouri Mule,

Right. Like Goebbels said, If you're gonna tell a lie, tell a big one, and repeat it often. The power of positive thinking (or is that persuation?)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 7:52:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Jeff,

What, no Rice in the mix?

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 7:59:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Claymore,

(1) It's rumored in the media that the U.S. is supporting terror organizations in northern Iran.
U.S. policy is supposed to opposed terrorism.

(2) I was unaware that we were at war with Iran.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 8:07:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Claymore,

The only true signs of progress will occur when we leave.

I really don't care about stabilizing urban areas of Iraq. Cleveland (OH), my hometown, needs a little bit of stabilizing.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 at 8:13:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Claymore said...

(1) It's rumored in the media that the U.S. is supporting terror organizations in northern Iran.
U.S. policy is supposed to opposed terrorism.


One man's guerrilla is another man's freedom fighter. It is much more beneficial to help David than to be a Goliath in my opinion.

(2) I was unaware that we were at war with Iran.

Iran has been fighting us through Iraq for the past 4 years. Who do you think provides training for Shia miitias; some are Iranian proxies. Who exports EFP technology?

Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 11:38:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Claymore said...

http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=3006029

http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/04/abc_news_exclus.html

GET SOME!!!!

Thursday, April 5, 2007 at 7:29:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Claymore,

You need a reality check. We are the Goliath, and you said you prefer to back to David. We bomb Iraq with Tomahawk missiles, Predator aircraft, and laser-guided bombs. And you talk EFP's? Let's get real here.

Friday, April 6, 2007 at 9:01:00 PM GMT-5  

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