30 May 2006

More Cannon Fodder Shipped to Iraq

So much for troop withdrawals anytime soon. The pro-war New York Times reports on Tuesday that:
The top American commander in Iraq has decided to move reserve troops now deployed in Kuwait into the volatile Anbar Province in western Iraq to help quell a rise in insurgent attacks there, two American officials said Monday.
Sent from Kuwait into the mujahideen stronghold of Ramadi where, according to the Washington Post:
Marines have temporarily suspended new embedding of journalists in Ramadi. Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report and the Associated Press, all with embedded reporters already in Ramadi last week, quoted both officers and the enlisted Marines at sandbag firing positions as saying that Ramadi had to have reinforcements to do more than fight insurgents to a draw around the town hall. Time quoted officers as estimating it would take three brigades, up from one.
The military have stopped 'embedding' reporters in Ramadi for the same reason as they've essentially forbidden them to travel anywhere outside their hotels in Baghdad: they may report on how badly Uncle Sam has lost the war. The New York Times article continues:
The brigade comes from the Army's First Armored Division, which has been deployed in Kuwait for months as a reserve in case conditions in Iraq deteriorated. One official said the additional troops would be deployed at multiple hotspots in Anbar Province, a Sunni insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad.
This latest deployment again demonstrates that nothing short of total defeat of the occupier army at the hands of the valiant resistance in Iraq will end the conflict.

Cut & Run or Stay & Die. That's the only real choice Uncle Sam has in Iraq.

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