With the Brits pulling out 1,000 more troops and having abandoned Basra on the main route from port to Baghdad, it does not look as though the surge is going to cover our troops’ flanks.  Supposedly two of the Shiite militias have moved in to replace the Brits and are fighting it out for control of this crucial city.

This raises serious questions as to the decrease in numbers of Iraqis currently being shot up one way or another this month — or in future ones. No one has access to such information about places scattered around the country.

One hopes for the best, but the fog of information has to make one a skeptic about almost any reports made by our government made now as to how things are going over there.

And if an attack on Iran is actually going to be launched, the road home for our guys, as well as supplies for them, will have to be provided by helicopter — which does not look like a probable solution to anything.

When will our media get off the latest incident of child abuse by a celebrity or mother of 3 kids being strangled in her handcuffs when she protests not being allowed on her plane — and on to the realities that face us?

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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