They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

US military controls third of Baghdad

The [military] report says U.S. and Iraqi forces are able to protect citizens and maintain influence over 146 of Baghdad's 457 neighborhoods. In other neighborhoods, The U.S. and Iraqi troops are still rooting out enemy fighters, or trying to disrupt insurgent operations before clearing can begin.

U.S. military officials say the report is an internal assessment tool and is not meant as a review of the effectiveness of the security operation. Link

db: The report states that the US military is unable to control two thirds of Baghdad, so be it, however it is clear that this statistic does not tell the whole story. An assessment like this is utilised by those overseeing the execution of the 'surge' [reinforcements] plan as a simple snapshot representative of a moment in time and as such fails to provide a 20:20 picture which may have an upside that is not quantifiable in a sense that would be understood by the media or the public.

Buy that? Me neither - they're losing.