Thursday, January 06, 2005

More casualties in Iraq 

7 more soldiers killed in a roadside attack in Iraq.

Military officials like Lt. General Thomas Metz (above link) are still putting forth illogical and unpersuasive arguments about the situation. Metz says, yes, there have been an average of 70 attacks a day lately -- most aimed at Coalition forces. But he stresses that "it's not a popular insurgency."

First, I'm not entirely convinced of that. But even assuming that's entirely true: who cares? How popular does it have to be? There aren't all that many members of Al Qaida, either, but that doesn't mean they can't do some serious damage for a very long time. Is this sort of logic supposed to make us feel better?

Maybe Metz is just listening to his boss, Don Rumsfeld, who last fall uttered -- for my money -- the most ridiculous political words of 2004: "At some point, the Iraqis will get tired of getting killed."

Seems the official position hasn't changed much since then. So I'll just keep waiting.

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