Nearly 1,000 insurgent and sectarian attacks were carried out against American and Iraqi targets every week over the last three months, the highest level ever recorded, according to a Pentagon report on security trends in Iraq that was issued Monday.That last was a compound sentence, and the "while" messed up the impact. So let's try that again.
The report, which covers the period from early August to early November describes a worsening security environment in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq.
The rise in attacks, to a weekly average of 959, was a jump of nearly 200 compared with the previous three months. As a consequence, civilian casualties reached a record high, more than 90 a day, the report said. While the majority of attacks were directed at U.S. forces, most of the casualties were suffered by the Iraqi military and civilians.
The majority of attacks were directed at U.S. forces.This is why we gotta get out now. All this bananarama about staying to provide stability is just that, bananarama. If we were interested in providing stability we would have provided it a long time ago. But we're not. We're only interested in staying. And this level of violence -- which we have deliberately created -- offers a perfect pretext.
Most of the casualties were suffered by the Iraqi military and civilians.
We have never been interested in winning, nor in having a short war. We've only been interested in getting entangled in something so awful that we have no choice but to to stay there and make sure it doesn't get any worse.
This is what the chimperor meant when he said: "Mission Accomplished!"
If you believe we can keep it from getting worse without leaving, I have a bridge to sell you.
If we can keep it from getting worse at all, the only way we can do so is by leaving. And the sooner the better.
And this is what the Iraqi blogger Riverbend meant when she wrote:
Chaos? Civil war? Bloodshed? We’ll take our chances -- just take your Puppets, your tanks, your smart weapons, your dumb politicians, your lies, your empty promises, your rapists, your sadistic torturers and go.