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Secure Iraq. Seriously.

As Iraq exploded into violence yesterday, President Bush vowed, “So long as I am president we will stay, we will fight and we will win the war on terrorism.” Yet our Commander in Chief is unwilling to make the sustained military and political commitment necessary to just secure Iraq, much less “win the war on terrorism.”

I'm pretty sure Americans are not going to win this war by driving our SUVs down to Disneyworld in Florida, as the President once suggested. And hunkering down in the Green Zone until the Iraqistell us to leave is not a plan for victory.

Terrorists trained in Iraq are already spreading throughout the region, where they recently attacked US Navy ships. If we're going to secure Iraq and prevent it from becoming another pre-9/11 Afghanistan, President Bush must make the sustained commitment of troops necessary to do so. It's that simple. Otherwise we'd have been better off just lobbing a few cruise missiles at Saddam.

Yesterday, Shiite rebel cleric al-Sadr tried to reopen his office in Najaf, prompting militias controlled by Iraq's dominant political party, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), to fire upon al-Sadr's Mahdi militia, which set off riots across central and south Iraq, including Basra and Amarah, where SCIRI militia attacked al-Sadr's headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades and al-Sadr's Mahdi Army destroyed a SCIRI office with mortar fire.

Sunni militias near Baghdad took the opportunity to attack a busload of Shiite pilgrims in retaliation for Shiite Badr militia attacks on Sunni mosques and clerics, and in Baghdad itself, insurgents staged a brazen two hour daylight attack against Iraqi police using what the U.S. military refers to as "swarm tactics" - a new insurgent innovation.

It's debatable whether the Iraqi police will ever be capable of controlling this level of violence - in the case of Najaf, witnesses say they just disappeared - and al Qaeda operatives are now establishing bases in Iraq to train new terrorists and perfect tactics for exportation around the world.

Well-armed and well-trained soldiers - including a significant proportion of Military Police and civil affairs officers - are obviously needed to maintain order and security in Iraq, and President Bush isn't deploying them in the numbers necessary. Why?

Posted by American Pundit at August 25, 2005 11:37 AM