Food for thought: know how many American troop deaths there were in Iraq last year (no Googling!!!) 821. Compare that to wars gone by (even the three year 3,000 mark is low for past wars).
Well, anyway, the President stuck to his guns and guess what? He just may have been right!!!
Death squad leaders have fled Baghdad to evade capture or killing by U.S. and Iraqi forces before the start of the troop “surge” and security crackdown in the capital.
A former senior Iraqi minister said most of the leaders loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical anti-American cleric, had gone into hiding in Iran.
Among those said to have fled is Abu Deraa, the Shiite militia leader whose appetite for sectarian savagery has been compared to that of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, who was killed last year.
So the terrorists are taking this seriously, unlike some spineless Senators, even after a recent visit to Iraq by Pelosi (spell check thinks this should be “Implosive” 😀 ) and company??? I’m not going to cheer that we’ve won before the last second tics, but when my team does a good play, I do cheer, so I’ll cheer for this great move! Just so long as there is no calendar date set so that the terrorists can wait the surge out.
By the way, how many media organizations will report this, from the end of the same article (emphasis added):
Mohammed al-Daini, a prominent Sunni member of parliament, last week accused Maliki of bowing to pressure from Tehran by releasing 482 Iranian prisoners in August last year, two days before the Iraqi prime minister traveled to Iran.
“Iran demanded that Maliki free the prisoners before setting foot in the country,” al-Daini alleged. “He postponed his visit twice, but he finally agreed.”
Al-Daini, who blew the whistle on secret detentions and torture centers linked to Iraqi government officials, has a letter, allegedly signed by Maliki, ordering the prisoners to be freed.
Thafer al-Ani, a second Sunni member of parliament, said he had confronted Maliki over the issue. “He could not deny it as the letter was signed by him,” al-Ani said. “Sadly, the real occupier of Iraq is now Iran, not the United States.“