Posted by Ryan on September 3, 2008
David Petraeus indicated today that a pullout of MNF (Multi-National Forces) around the Baghdad area is probably possible by next summer due to conditions on the ground. He also said that the area is “‘spiraling upwards’ towards normal conditions” and “it gives Iraq new hope.” What great news from a straight-shooter and American hero who’s shown he would not deceive us for political reasons!
Before the Palin pick, General Petraeus and the increasing dividends of the successful “Surge” strategy were McCain’s best-friend and an issue I hope they return to in earnest once the Convention fever wears out sometime late next week.
Both O’Biden and Obama were dead wrong on this issue. And will someone in the McCain campaign please bring up O’Biden’s advocacy of the worst-thought-out foreign policy concept in a generation: splitting Iraq into a weak confederacy of three weak parts? It wouldn’t take five minutes for civil war, regional conflict with the Kurds, Iran, and al Qaeda to plunge the region into an apocalyptic scorched-earth dead zone. It would have truly been war without end. Luckily, Biden wasn’t in a position to see his plan work. Let’s keep it that way.
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Posted by Ryan on July 9, 2008
The US Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, was attacked today by four men in what the American and Turkish authorities are calling an act of terrorism. Three of the attackers were killed, but not before taking out three policemen, one point blank to the head. The fourth attacker unfortunately got away in a speeding car, as Turkish authorities are frantically looking for him and are currently reviewing video tape to help.
No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but this has put everyone in Turkey on high alert, especially Americans in Turkey. Aside from incursions into Iraqi Kurdistan, one hasn’t heard much from the War on Terror in Turkey — it’s been pretty quiet so to speak. The attack was small, probably cellular. That could mean the beginning of a new series of attacks, or that this attack was the best they could pull off. I hope it’s the latter.
The US Consulate was refitted after al Qaeda’s 2003 bombing of the British Consulate, bank and two synagogues. Yet, our rules of engagement forbid Americans to fire back at anyone outside the compound, hence, they ducked for cover rather than take out the assailants early. I think those rules needs to be renegotiated.
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