Saturday, September 02, 2006

Pentagon Security Assessment in Iraq

The NY Times has reported on a recent assessment of security from the Pentagon -- "Measuring Security and Stability in Iraq."
During the period from the establishment of the new Iraqi government on May 20 until Aug. 11, the average number of weekly attacks jumped to almost 800. That was a substantial increase from earlier this year and almost double the number of the first part of 2004.

As a consequence, Iraqi casualties increased 51% over the last reporting period. The document notes that, based on initial reports, Iraqi casualties among civilians and security forces reached nearly 120 a day, up from about 80 a day in the previous reporting period from mid-February to mid-May. About two years ago they were running about 30 a day.

"Although the overall number of attacks increased in all categories, the proportion of those attacks directed against civilians increased substantially," the Pentagon noted. "Death squads and terrorists are locked in mutually reinforcing cycles of sectarian strife, with Sunni and Shia extremists each portraying themselves as the defenders of their respective sectarian groups."
The premise behind the article is "we are failing in Iraq and we need to get out."

The top U.S. commander in Iraq, General George Casey, has said he sees Iraqi forces having control of their own security in the next 12-18 months.

So the message the Left believes in is cut and run -- give up because it's not going as good as we'd like and we really don't like to do hard things. Our military leaders are saying that despite set-backs, we are moving in the right direction, and giving up is not an option.

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