Thursday, September 15, 2005


Yes, we all know an increase in violence will occur before the election. But, almost 200 dead is not a "predictable" event, it is a sign of a resilient insurgency significantly increasing military action -- even if the evil insurgents kill the innocent. AP/Guardian story. Excerpt:

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Brutal insurgent bombings that killed nearly 200 people in Baghdad over the past two days were a ``predictable spike in violence'' tied to the coming referendum on Iraq's new constitution, the U.S. military said Thursday.

As suicide bombers kept up their campaign for a second day, at least 31 people were killed - 23 of them Iraqi police and Interior Ministry commandos, now targets of choice for the Sunni-dominated insurgency.

At least seven of 570 people wounded in Wednesday's attacks have died, hospital officials said, raising the toll to at least 167 in the worst day of killing to hit the capital since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

``These spikes of violence are predictable around certain critical events that highlight the progress of democracy,'' said Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, the chief American military spokesman.

Just because an increase in violence occurs, and we expected it, does not mean that it was necessarily predicted. That may seem counterintuitive, but did the US military say that in the middle of September we'd see back-to-back days of multi-pronged attacks -- 12 on Wednesday? Maybe they thought that possible, but, calling it "predictable" makes it seem under control. More, it's part of the progress in Iraq, right?



Blogger Bassizzzt said...

That's because their "source" is the wonderful intelligence community we have.

Want the horrible truth? America's intelligence community, including the Navy's Cryptologic Technicians - all they do is sit in a SCIF all day, listen to music and suck down sodas and bullshit all day long as they gather intel from other useless people.

We should attack the intelligence community with forthright criticism and make this information public. I could write volumes of the crap I witnessed when I was in the US Navy.

12:53 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Maybe you should publish under the now free psuedonym "Annonymous".

So these Intel guys are like everyone else in the working world? Sad.

1:41 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

PLUS, in this version of the violence, there is no creedence given to AQ's explanation that this is in response to Tal Afar (sp?) incursions... It's like saying the Black chess pieces hunt you down because there's a good movie on HBO.

1:43 PM  
Blogger zen said...

You said it in a word...

And it piles on the constant barrage that we've been fed since the beginning...before the beginning, of this war.

We've been told man, many, too damn many things that were meant to project knowledge, confidence, and a grasp on what what happening. But nearly every step of the way what is said on Monday turns out to be wrong on Friday. And that line of BS never stops. Instead of being accountable, the focus is shifted to doubting the patriotism of those that point it out. BS like "we're better off without Saddam" "He killed so many of his own people" Yeah no sshit sherlock, but that doesn't make the way this war is being conducted any better.

4:27 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

Zen, I got very upset when I saw this story. It is BS, the situation is not under control by any of the parties.

Great point that it is a fallacious argument to justify the war's conduct by the removal of a known evil, Saddam.

4:32 PM  

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