This New York Times video shows how U.S. forces are trying to win over the Afghan people, but our soldiers don't know who to trust. The GIs also can't determine who are the "good guys" and who are the "bad guys." Under these circumstances, the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating. U.S. and coalition forces are frustrated and need more troops to fight the growing strength of the the Taliban.
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Monday, August 24, 2009
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 5:49 PM
Tell me again about how successful "the surge" was in Iraq. What a bunch of BS that was sold to the public by the Bush administration and the mainstream media.
U.S. troops didn't do a damn thing during "the surge" but stand guard duty. The "Sunni Awakening" are the ones who ran Al Queda and the insurgents out of Anbar Province.
Iraq is again in tatters and there have been devastating bombings on a daily basis.
The Obama administration will have to make a major decision whether to pull our troops out of Iraq and just chalk up the nearly 4,500 Americans KILLED in the Iraq war as a bad decision by the Bush administration or "soldier on" with our soldiers stuck in Iraq for decades to come.
Bus bombings south of Baghdad kill at least 11
ReutersMonday, August 24, 2009 1:34 PM
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Bombs planted on two minibuses killed at least 11 people and wounded 12 near the usually quiet southern town of Kut on Monday, officials said.
Iraq has been reeling from a series of huge bombings, mainly in and around the capital Baghdad, the troubled northern city of Mosul and western Anbar province, since U.S. troops pulled out of city centers in June.
Two police sources in Baghdad earlier said 20 people had been killed in Kut, and 10 wounded, but the head of the local council of Wasit province put the toll at 11 killed and 12 wounded. A Wasit police source also said 11 had died.
"This is a criminal and treacherous act. This is the first time this has happened in Wasit, which is usually very quiet. This is an effort to bring violence to the province and create terror," said Mahmoud Abdulla, head of the provincial council.
The buses were on their way to Kut, a mainly Shi'ite Muslim area 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Baghdad, from Baghdad.
The bloodiest day this year occurred last Wednesday when two massive truck bombs devastated the foreign and finance ministries in Baghdad, killing at least 95 people.
Those blasts triggered strong public criticism of the domestic security forces and raised questions about whether they can ensure Iraq is not dragged back into the sectarian bloodshed unleashed by the 2003 invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.
Posted by Bill Corcoran at 12:53 PM