Monday, September 11, 2006

Dick Cheney is a Crazy Person: Vol. II

Normally I wouldn't neccesarily single Cheney out for this post. But given his ridiculous "turning point" statement in the previous story, I figured I would.
The chief of intelligence for the Marine Corps in Iraq recently filed an unusual secret report concluding that the prospects for securing that country's western Anbar province are dim and that there is almost nothing the U.S. military can do to improve the political and social situation there, said several military officers and intelligence officials familiar with its contents.

The officials described Col. Pete Devlin's classified assessment of the dire state of Anbar as the first time that a senior U.S. military officer has filed so negative a report from Iraq.

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Devlin reports that there are no functioning Iraqi government institutions in Anbar, leaving a vacuum that has been filled by the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq, which has become the province's most significant political force, said the Army officer, who has read the report. Another person familiar with the report said it describes Anbar as beyond repair; a third said it concludes that the United States has lost in Anbar.

Devlin offers a series of reasons for the situation, including a lack of U.S. and Iraqi troops, a problem that has dogged commanders since the fall of Baghdad more than three years ago, said people who have read it. These people said he reported that not only are military operations facing a stalemate, unable to extend and sustain security beyond the perimeters of their bases, but also local governments in the province have collapsed and the weak central government has almost no presence.

So we cannot win one-third of the country because of this administration's fuckups, but hey, don't point that out cause we'll embolden the enemy. Umm, Mr. Cheney, don't you think knowing they've won that section of the country provides al-Qaeda a tad more comfort than anything Michael Moore might say? What do you think?

Oh, and go fuck yourself.

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