[The report (last below) on our failure to control even half of Baghdad plus another report today of an Al Qaeda/Sunni truce:


more or less spells the failure of the Iraq ‘surge’.  How much longer will we continue with this hopeless mission?  But the decline and fall of the Iraqi government really signals the bitter end per the first report below.

Add to such the just reported military move by the Turks against the Kurds in north Iraq and one sees chaos abounding that would manifestly require two or three times our present commitment of troops in Iraq (as pointed out for the past 4 years by our honest generals since this fiasco was launched by the neocons).  I was horrified, but not surprised, to hear on npr the other morning that our military command (i.e. promotion of generals) has also been politicized along the lines of the Attorney General’s office (only generals who go Republican in the extreme are retained and promoted — all others are punished — fired!  Such obviously leaves the blind leading the blind!

This pattern of government is, to say the obvious, extremely dangerous.  It is weird to see our presidential candidates of both parties either in total denial or dodging and weaving around the all too obvious facts on the ground.  I suggest that some of them start reading the world press rather than edited reports out of our governmental agencies dispensed to our compliant media!  Ed Kent]



Iraqi parliament votes on US troops
Legislators loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr
support the resolution [AFP]

Iraqi politicians have passed a resolution requiring the government to seek parliamentary permission before asking the UN to extend the mandate for US-led forces in Iraq.

The measure was approved on Tuesday and reflects a growing disenchantment with the US-backed government.

The Sadrist-drafted resolution passed with a vote of 85 to 59.

The members of parliament voted along party lines, with Sunnis joining the bloc loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shia leader, and another Shia party at odds with the leadership.

Supporters of Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, opposed the resolution. [snip]


* Most of Baghdad ‘not controlled’ *
US and Iraqi forces control fewer than one-third of Baghdad’s neighbourhoods, according to a security review.
Full story:

“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  718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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