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

Friday, July 27, 2007

US will stay in Iraq

I attended the rally on Tuesday night where Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid discussed how they were going to "end the war" and "bring our troops home" with the Levin-Reed Amendment. When I asked if they meant all the troops, I was quickly told to, "shut up" and muscled aside by security. Link

db: There will be a US footprint on Iraq, and Iraqis, as long as the perceived strategic value of a US presence outweighs the political cost. Clearly your average American will be fooled into supporting a mere drawdown in troop numbers - maybe just a reversal of the surge plan - and the withdrawal of remaining forces from high risk areas and activities, leading to a significant reduction in US deaths. My guess is that the next phase of the Iraq war will bring a surge in the use of US air power, and a corresponding surge in civilian casualties. Iraqi forces will serve as cannon fodder.