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The Battle for Baghdad (continued)

Who would have thought that more than 4 years after the initial invasion of Iraq we would be still be fighting pitched battles for the control of Baghdad?

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military in Iraq launched an artillery barrage in southern Baghdad on Sunday against suspected insurgent targets, with two dozen loud explosions shaking the southern outskirts of the capital.

The Iraqi police said the artillery was being fired from the U.S. Forward Operating Base Falcon in southern Baghdad into the al-Buaitha neighborhood of Dora, a volatile district that is a Sunni insurgent stronghold.

And who would have thought that the Iraqi police forces would be nowhere near ready to take control of Iraq's cities?

"I think the National Police need five years, certainly not just until the end of the summer," a senior [Iraqi] police commander said on condition of anonymity because he feared jeopardizing his relationships with the U.S. officers.

And who would have thought that we would be building walls to separate Baghdad's warring neighborhoods?

Colonel Don Farris, of the US army, said that after briefly halting construction of the barrier, the Iraqi government had now ordered the building of the wall to continue.

And who would have believed that millions of Iraqis would be fleeing their homeland and creating the first diaspora of the 21st century?

Even the bitterest of Iraq War opponents could not have predicted the disastrous events of the last four years. At this point, it's pretty safe to say that we should not be trusting the judgment of those who got us into this mess to fix it. We need creative ideas and genuine bipartisanship to figure out how to get out of Iraq as Lee has proposed. Enough is enough.

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Comments (2)

Paul Hamilton:

>>Even the bitterest of Iraq War opponents could not have predicted the disastrous events of the last four years.

Wanna bet? There was an animation on a website that was put up before the war and it's absolutely remarkable how accurate it's been. And I said pretty much the same thing, right to the the prediction that the Iraqi army would just evaporate before our eyes and then revert to guerrilla operations.


An "artillery barrage" = "pitched battles" ??


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