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February 26, 2008

Another View of "The Awakening"

We've heard some about the "Awakening" that took place in Iraq - how it's lead to a reduction in violence at about the same time as dubya's "Surge."

From the New York Times last April:

Anbar Province, long the lawless heartland of the tenacious Sunni Arab resistance, is undergoing a surprising transformation. Violence is ebbing in many areas, shops and schools are reopening, police forces are growing and the insurgency appears to be in retreat.

“Many people are challenging the insurgents,” said the governor of Anbar, Maamoon S. Rahid, though he quickly added, “We know we haven’t eliminated the threat 100 percent.”

Many Sunni tribal leaders, once openly hostile to the American presence, have formed a united front with American and Iraqi government forces against Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia.

And so on.

Reality, just like a fractal image, gets much more complicated the closer you get. From Rolling Stone:
Now, in the midst of the surge, the Bush administration has done an about-face. Having lost the civil war, many Sunnis were suddenly desperate to switch sides — and Gen. David Petraeus was eager to oblige. The U.S. has not only added 30,000 more troops in Iraq — it has essentially bribed the opposition, arming the very Sunni militants who only months ago were waging deadly assaults on American forces. To engineer a fragile peace, the U.S. military has created and backed dozens of new Sunni militias, which now operate beyond the control of Iraq's central government. The Americans call the units by a variety of euphemisms: Iraqi Security Volunteers (ISVs), neighborhood watch groups, Concerned Local Citizens, Critical Infrastructure Security. The militias prefer a simpler and more dramatic name: They call themselves Sahwa, or "the Awakening."
It's a long article, but it's worth working through. Basically, whatever "successes" the surge has brought has been tied to the continued bribing of both sides to stand down.

What do you think will happen when the money stops flowing?


Fillippelli the Cook said...

I was driving back from D.C., so had the time on my hands to catch this interview on Fresh Air. Some of the local wingnuttia might find it worth their time to listen...

Anonymous said...

John K. says: And Gen. Petreuas says what about the subject? But the NY Times says something and bam instint credibility? LOL Sort of like what the NY Times ran about Sen. McCain? How do I know things are working in Iraq. The press has no stories to cover. LMAO You lefties lose on this alone.

Schmuck Shitrock said...

Complete incompetence coupled with total dishonesty. This administration has operated under these principles since 2001.