Monday, July 28, 2008

Will McCain Credit the Surge For This?

From Atrios:

"The war is still over.

A suicide bomber helped kill at least 36 people and wounded 116 others after detonating explosives during a rally in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, a police official told CNN.

Three female suicide bombers killed at least 29 people and wounded 85 others in central Baghdad, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said. Most were Shiite pilgrims

On Sunday afternoon, seven pilgrims were gunned down in a town south of Baghdad."

Obama is right. The decrease in violence is because the Iraqis created a political solution that had little if anything to do with the surge. Pumping in 20,000 troops to a country the size of Texas was bound to have little effect, and even those sagacious 'generals' who have to be consulted on everything said that, ultimately, the problem of violence in Iraq would have to be solved through political means. It should be remembered that stuff like the above can happen at will in Iraq and the troops, who do perform admirably, can do little to stop it. Debating on how great the surge is really misses that point.

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