War Intensifies as US Warplanes Strike Rebel Targets - Operation
Swarmer May Shift Support Away From US Occupation
March 16th 2006
launched a large scale assault on a new Iraqi insurgent stronghold
today. Reports indicate it is the largest air assault since the
initial invasion in 2003. The raids will likely continue for
This begs the
question: Will this allow the US to Win? I think the first thing we
need to do is define what “win” means. Does it mean that there are
no more attacks or does it mean the Iraqis are able to take care of
themselves? Who determines when the Iraqis are able to take car of
them selves and by what criteria do we use to judge this.
beginning of the war, pro-war pundits said the President should not
set a date for withdraw from Iraq. There should not be “timetable”,
many argued. Now that the President’s poll numbers have dropped
into the mid 30% range, he hints at a timetable for troop
The other night
the US’s top military officer said we are at a critical juncture.
Our actions could yield prosperity or could devolve into civil war.
General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
characterized Iraq as "a place that is having some real difficulties
right now." Just one week earlier Pace said that the war was “going
very, very well.”
No one in the
administration wants to admit that Iraq has fallen into a civil
war. Sure, the combatants are not attacking each other using
conventional methods. They are not using tanks and warplanes, but
the country appears to be in a civil war.
Many skeptics of
the war predicted a civil war in Iraq, even before we invaded and
began our occupation. We can not expect these factions to unite
like the US did after our revolution. The question is: why didn’t
the Administration see this?
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By Tom Madison
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