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Saturday, July 22, 2006


The direct air war continues

While the U.S. plays the supporting role (albeit one without the entire effort would stop) in Israel's air assault on Lebanon, in Iraq its direct air war, the one which has caused me for more than a year to label the "exit strategy" a "sham," continues.

See if you can notice the euphemisms in this article:

Iraqi forces backed by a U.S. helicopter battled Sunni gunmen south of Baghdad on Friday, and at least 11 combatants died. U.S. troops killed five Iraqis -- including two women and a child -- in a separate exchange of fire.
Let's stick with the second part. Two women and a child died in an "exchange of fire" with U.S. troops, did they? Let's see.
The civilian deaths came in an early morning raid in Baquba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, where American troops were looking for associates of Al-Qaida in Iraq, the U.S. military said.

The Americans took fire from a rooftop and "several men were seen moving around," the military said in a statement. The troops ordered people to leave the building, but "these instructions were ignored," it said.

A U.S. aircraft fired on the building, and "a third attempt to call the occupants out of the buildings then failed before force was escalated," the statement said. "The troops secured the area using a combination of aerial and ground fire."
So they secured the area with a "combination" of aerial and ground fire, did they? Let's see how that turned out:
The bodies of two men, two women and a young girl were found in the rubble, the U.S. military said. They included two of the girl's aunts, an uncle and a grandfather, police said. They did not know about the child's parents.
When bodies are "found in the rubble," that's a pretty clear indication that it was aerial fire that "secured the area," and that the ground fire had nothing to do with it. And nothing in this article even indicates that the "several men who were seen moving around" were "exchanging fire" with American troops, much less the five family members who were killed when the U.S. once again bombed a building without either knowing or caring who might be inside.

Without air power, the U.S. forces in Iraq would be achieving far less "success" (success at achieving their goals of killing people), and, I note once again, the chances that the U.S. will be handing over that air power to the Iraqi government so that their forces can "stand up" are nil. It's up to the American people (and the Iraqi resistance) to force the U.S. out of Iraq, because they aren't leaving voluntarily.

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