Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Whack A Mole
This IraqSlogger graphic gives the lie to the claim that the Surge is diminishing sectarian violence in Baghdad. According to their analysis, an average of 20 bound corpses are found daily, many of them in the last few neighborhoods that are not already effectively "ethnically cleansed". Since American forces focus on areas where they've been attacked, rather than where sectarian violence is necessarily occuring, the killings have crept back up to pre-Surge levels in the last few months.
Of course, this directly contradicts the consensus right-wing narrative of a new strategy that needs to be given time to work. So it won't be long before we hear that the insurgents understand that the American public is monitoring sectarian violence as a litmus test of the Surge's success, and they're simply killing each other to take advantage of our lack of resolve.
Now's as good a time as any to wonder: At what point will the Bill Kristol crowd begin to question the distinction between an enemy that prevents us from achieving our objectives and failure?