Wednesday, July 30, 2008

my Iraq geography ain't all that great: have we been here before?

US-Iraq forces begin new offensive in Diyala

Back in the day (long ago... maybe in Nov 2007), I used to count the number of times we'd cleared Samarra of bad guys.

Where's Diyala province? How many times have we cleared it of bad guys? Why are they still there?

Has W thought of hiring "Baghdad Bob"?
Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf
Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf (Arabic: محمد سعيد الصحاف‎ also Mohammed Said al-Sahhaf, born 1940) is a former Iraqi diplomat and politician. He came to wide prominence around the world during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, during which he was the Information Minister of Iraq.

Al-Sahhaf is known for his daily press briefings in Baghdad during the 2003 Iraq War. His colorful appearances caused him to be nicknamed Baghdad Bob (in the style of previous propagandists with alliterative aliases such as "Hanoi Hannah" and "Seoul City Sue") by commentators in the United States and Comical Ali (an allusion to Chemical Ali, the nickname of former Iraqi Defence Minister Ali Hassan al-Majid) by commentators in the United Kingdom; commentators in Italy similarly nicknamed him Alì il Comico.

On April 7, 2003, al-Sahhaf claimed that there were no American troops in Baghdad, and that the Americans were committing suicide by the hundreds at the city's gates. At that time, American tanks were patrolling the streets only a few hundred yards from the location where the press conference was held. His last public appearance as Information Minister was on April 8, 2003, when he said that the Americans "are going to surrender or be burned in their tanks. They will surrender, it is they who will surrender".
"We're winning! We're winning!"

At what cost?

What else could America do with the $$$ we've thrown away on Iraq?

Stop the madness!

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