I have just read this dramatic first hand account of the progress of the surge in Iraq, by an embedded news photojournalist. The photographs are excellent. And, it is a very sobering account of the occupation and how difficult a situation, (impossible would be the better word) the American troops find themselves, in this demi-monde of the Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites.
Specialist Loren Brinson, 21, of the HHC 1-5, First Cavalry Division, sits guard at a small JSS setup in a Sunni district in western Baghdad. The dummy (left), once used to draw sniper fire, was discarded after insurgents realized the ruse.
The one question that begs to be answered. Are we just making the situation worse? Because the troops and the leadership especially are not exactly blessed with the wisdom of Solomon. You decide if American raw troops are the last people in the world who should be policing this country? Read Last Photographs
Suaada's story contained a simple truth about Iraq today: the Americans, regardless of how hard they try, are powerless in combating sectarian violence. And the soldiers know it. Throughout my entire rotation I'd hear a variation of the same bleak outlook from officers, noncoms, and enlisted men. With few exceptions, American soldiers I came across felt their mission to quell the ethnic cleansing of Baghdad was pointless. "What can you do about it? It's their problem.... This is their country, and they need to work it out among themselves. There's nothing we can do about it."
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