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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Surge Didn't Work

Juan Cole writes, "A series of coordinated truck bombings targeted Iraqi government ministries and other facilities on Wednesday morning, killing nearly 100 persons and wounding some 500. Poorly equipped and staffed emergency rooms in the capital were overwhelmed.

These bombings targeted government buildings and symbols of opulence and normality -- the al-Rashid area and Kifah Street. They were intended to inform the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki that the guerrilla opposition has not been defeated, and that the prospects of his establishing a stable government that runs roughshod over other groups are low."

President Bush's and Gen. Petraeus's surge didn't work. Iraq is as dangerous as ever. Though al-Qaida will be blamed - they get blamed if soeone stubs their toe in the Middle East - the underlying sectarian conflicts that were uncorked by our invasion that have never been resolved are to blame.

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