Monday, February 23, 2009

Wow! Why haven't we tried this before?

US, Iraqi forces launch anti-al-Qaida offensive
By SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press
Sun, 22 Feb 2009
BAGHDAD – U.S. and Iraqi forces have begun a new military offensive in northern Iraq aimed at rooting out al-Qaida and other Sunni insurgents, American and Iraqi officials said Sunday.

FIVE YEARS AGO it was sort of fun to count the number of times we chased insurgents/al-Qaida out of Samarra.

Any more, the game has lost its appeal.

Why are we still there, doing exactly what we were doing FIVE YEARS AGO??... in exactly the same places???... with, I suspect, exactly the same results?

As in Afghanistan: killing bad guys doesn't seem to be getting us any closer to whatever end state might be envisioned - unless that end state is simply, "more bad guys are dead than when we started".

Stop the madness!

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