The Iraqization Program

· Iraq

But the police have performed poorly in the Sunni Muslim areas in central and northwestern Iraq…. A wave of attacks [in Mosul] on police stations and other government buildings prompted 3,200 of the city’s 4,000 police officers to abandon their jobs.

(Washington Post)
DKo: The apparent reliance on former Kurdish militia as backup is explosive, especially with the oil wealth of Kirkuk literally on the provincial dividing line. The Coalition of Willing Allies will be rapidly dwindling in the next few months too. All of which tends to make Moktada al Sadr the tipping point, hence the kingmaker. Will the US accept that? Can Bush sell it as the successs that vindicates the war?

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Bremer echoes Kerry’s criticism of Iraq planning

· Iraq

From the Post, via MSNBC.com:

Bremer’s comments were striking because they echoed contentions of many administration critics, including Democratic presidential nominee John F. Kerry, who argue that the U.S. government failed to plan adequately to maintain security in Iraq after the invasion. Bremer has generally defended the U.S. approach in Iraq but in recent weeks has begun to criticize the administration for tactical and policy shortfalls.

Read the whole story, here.

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Absence of proof

· Iraq

Bad Attitudes journal reports on Rumsfeld’s triumphal tour and the search for deadly precursors of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq:

“Listen,” said the threateningly affable defense secretary, “wouldn’t you expect a man like Saddam to hide his weapons of mass destruction? Last time I checked, hidden means you can’t find them. In fact if we could find them, it would be proof that they weren’t hidden and consequently proof of their nonexistence because we happen to know they are hidden.”

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