March 18, 2007

DOES ANYONE EVER KNOW LESS ABOUT A TOPIC THAN THE ANALYSTS WHO SPECIALIZE IN IT?:

Sunni Militants Disrupt Plan to Calm Baghdad (MICHAEL R. GORDON, 3/18/07, NY Times)

In January, when President Bush announced his plans to reinforce American troops in Baghdad, Shiite militias were seen as the main worry. Some analysts predicted that bloody clashes with Shiite militants in the Sadr City district in northeastern Baghdad were all but inevitable.

Instead, during the early weeks of the operation, deadly bombings by Sunni Arab militants have emerged as a greater danger. In particular, the threat posed by the Sunni group Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia was underscored when American troops seized a laptop computer from a senior operative in the group who was killed in late December.

Information from captured materials indicates that the group's leadership sees "the sectarian war for Baghdad as the necessary main focus of its operations," according to an intelligence report that was described by American officials.

Reflecting concern over the bomb attacks, especially car bombings, American military officials have begun to emphasize that bringing security to the Iraqi capital will involve not only the protection of Baghdad neighborhoods, but also raids to shut down bomb factories and uncover arms caches in the largely Sunni areas on the outskirts of the city.


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 18, 2007 9:02 AM
Comments

Looks like the Shiites are letting the Americans do their dirty work for them by getting rid of the Sunnis. When the Sunni insurgency is gone then we'll have to take on the Shiite militias.

What we should have done is tell the Sunnis that we would stand back and let the Shiites take care of them or they could cooperate and stop the insurgency. After the Sunnis were gone we would then take on the Shiite militias. That way we would have to only fight one group not both.

Posted by: morry at March 18, 2007 11:06 AM

Ali didn't raise no fools. When we're done it's their country.

Posted by: oj at March 18, 2007 12:50 PM

"Does anyone ever know less..."

Why blame some amorphous "analysts"?

Bush is serving as "analyst"-in-chief.

Posted by: h-man at March 18, 2007 1:08 PM

Exactly. And he cut a deal with the Shi'ites to get Mookie off site while we did the Sunni.

Posted by: oj at March 18, 2007 2:31 PM

By "we" I presume you me someone other than yourself is risking life and limb for the shirking Shi'a.

Posted by: h-man at March 18, 2007 3:45 PM

too little risk to mention

Posted by: oj at March 18, 2007 6:49 PM
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