The US are stretched thin. Katrina is stretching them worse. Their troops are dying, the resistance is growing in strenght, if not numbers.
Sadr has stepped up. The US now have to deal with him, because he is going to fight the Irani influence to the very last straw. There will be no SCIRI and Da'awa ruling Iraq in the future.
Sadr will not survive, his movement will deplete itself.
Iraq has a future, and a war seems the only way out of this mess.
Full blown fighting is going to erupt soon enough, targetting not the Iraqi Government, but those members of it who are exploiting the process (once people wake up to who this is, as Sadr finally seems to have).
SCIRI and DA'AWA and BADR'S BRIGADE must go.
If the US realises this and begins the process all over again, maybe they can withdraw before their losses start to hit their pride. We wouldn't want their pride to be hurt now would we?
Send SCIRI,Da'awa and Badr's flying, and your problems will be minimized.
Here is some text from Dahr Jamail
on where the CURRENT US strategy is headed, and how it is hurting all those involved in it from all angles.
Dahr Jamail's blog can be found athttp://dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog
Attacks on US forces in Iraq are now back up over 70 per day…we’ll cross the 2,000 dead mark before too much longer, and things are about to get much, much worse. As Iraqis continue to say, “Today is better than tomorrow.” The same goes for US troops there.
There is a reason why a relatively recent Army survey found that 54% of all soldiers in Iraq reported either “low” or “very low” morale.
There is also a reason why, again according to the Army, that 30% of all soldiers returning from Iraq develop mental health problems 3-4 months after their return.
And there is a reason why soldiers like Nicolas Prubyla come home and join organizations like Iraq Veterans Against the War.
“Up until five days ago, I had large amounts of blood in my stool,” he told me recently, “I’ve felt tired all the time, I have had loss of hair…loss of the feeling in my right arm…I’m battling this stuff.”
What he is battling is exposure to uranium munitions in Iraq. He is battling radiation sickness as the result of the most recent nuclear war waged by the United States of America. There is a reason why over 11,000 veterans from the ’91 Gulf War are dead today, and over 250,000 others are on medical disability. That reason (hundreds and hundreds of tons of uranium munitions dropped on Iraq) is the same thing Prubyla is battling today.
“As the years go on this is going to effect a hell of a lot more people than we think…radioactive dust and the clouds of smoke and dust from firing the DU [depleted uranium] is getting to us now,” he said, “And I know I’m not the only person in my unit-my boss got diagnosed with cancer, one of my other buddies who is 23 years-old is getting rashes….every time I do more research on DU-I’m seeing that I have all the side effects.”
Prubyla has realized what more and more veterans understand…that the powers that be in our military plutocracy (also known as the US government) could care less for their well being. One of the shadow members of the current plutocracy who is also an exalted neo-conservative, Henry Kissinger, has referred to military men as “dumb, stupid animals to be used” as pawns for foreign policy.
People like Prubyla get this; they have had enough, and are now doing something about it.
Meanwhile in the Crawford “Green Zone,” Mr. Bush chooses to ignore the resistance movement that is standing outside his fence. But that is alright, because the hundreds of people there now protesting represent tens (if not hundreds) of millions across the country who, like the Iraqi resistance, are not going to go away.