Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Mission accomplished

Today marks the four year anniversary of President Bush's famous "Mission Accomplished" photo op aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, where he declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq.

At the time, the Sunni insurgency in Iraq was estimated at around 5,000 fighters. Today it is estimated to total some 25,000 fighters.

At the time, the Shiite militias were estimated to total around 5,000 fighters. Today they total roughly 50,000 fighters.

Current U.S. troop levels deployed in Iraq to quell the rising violence have climbed over 150,000. At the same time, the resurgent Taliban (remember those guys? The ones who helped Osama Bin Laden attack the U.S.?) have retaken parts of Afghanistan and are increasingly aggressive in engaging NATO forces in that country.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Vice President Cheney continues to assert discredited justifications for the war, such as that Iraq was trying to buy yellow cake to build atomic weapons, that Saddam Hussein was cooperating with Al Quaeda...

Well, the long and short of it is that I feel so much safer today than I did four years ago, knowing all those bad Iraqi terrorists have been beaten and no longer pose a threat to us. Sleep well, friends.

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1 comment:

  1. I wrote virtually the same post last night. What a debacle. (Iraq, not that we both wrote the same post. That's coincidence.)