According to George W. Bush, the current bloodshed in Iraq is a harbinger of good things.
President Bush said Friday that the flare-up in violence in oil-rich southern Iraq and parts of Baghdad presents “a defining moment in the history of a free Iraq” as the government there seeks to root out Shiite militias.
Bush made clear that the United States stands firmly behind Iraqi security forces and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. “He made the decision to move and we’ll help him,” the president said.
The good news, you see, is that the Iraqi security forces have now progressed to the point that they’re ready – not just to stand on their own – but to actually take on “rogue militias” in battle. Now, admittedly, this whole rogue militia thing has a certain eye of the beholder (“our” thugs against “their” thugs) quality to it. Still, if the Iraqi military really has reached the point where it can hold its own in a major battle that has to count as some sort of progress.
So, let’s hear it! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray! Hip hip Hooray!
Except . . .
BAGHDAD, March 28 — U.S. forces in armored vehicles battled Mahdi Army fighters Thursday in the vast Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, and military officials said Friday that U.S. aircraft bombed militant positions in the southern city of Basra, as the American role in a campaign against party-backed militias appeared to expand. Iraqi army and police units appeared to be largely holding to the outskirts of the Sadr City fighting, as U.S. troops took the lead.
Four U.S. Stryker armored vehicles were seen in Sadr City by a Washington Post correspondent, one of them engaging Mahdi Army militiamen with heavy fire. The din of U.S. weapons, along with the Mahdi Army’s AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades, was heard through much of the day. U.S. helicopters and drones buzzed overhead.
The clashes suggested that American forces were being drawn more deeply into a broad offensive that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, launched in the southern city of Basra on Tuesday, saying death squads, criminal gangs and rogue militias were the targets. The Mahdi Army of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, a Shiite rival of Maliki, appeared to have taken the brunt of the attacks; fighting spread to many southern cities and parts of Baghdad.
So, it turns out that it’s American, not Iraqi, troops who are actually taking the lead in the fighting. In other words, Bush & Co. allowed al-Maliki to start a shooting war against his political opponents, committed US forces to save his bacon when the fighting proved difficult and then declared the whole process a giant leap forward toward Iraqi independence.
If Bush hadn’t been so meticulously honest with us about Iraq up until now, I’d almost wonder if he wasn’t lying.
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