Monday, June 18, 2007

Important week in Iraq

The "surge" is complete, and now the operations begin:
U.S. moves into Diyala to support 2 anti-Al Qaeda Sunni militias, the "1920 Revolution Brigades" and the "Diyala Salvation Front." Iraqis and British SFs begin large operation against Iranian-backed forces in the south.
For details, be sure to check out The Fourth Rail's daily updates.

In related news,
Senator Joseph Lieberman returned from Iraq and wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal last week which has as good a definition of "victory" in Iraq as I've seen:

American soldiers are not fighting in Iraq today only so that Iraqis can pass a law to share oil revenues. They are fighting because a failed state in the heart of the Middle East, overrun by al Qaeda and Iran, would be a catastrophe for American national security and our safety here at home. They are fighting al Qaeda and agents of Iran in order to create the stability in Iraq that will allow its government to take over, to achieve the national reconciliation that will enable them to pass the oil law and other benchmark legislation...
And I conclude from my visit that victory is still possible in Iraq."

So, "victory" is creating a unified and stable Iraq with enough infrastructure and government power to implement legislation like an Oil-Sharing Law (which the Iraq Study Group said can never be implemented in reality), free of Iranian and Al Qaeda influence.

That's a very tall order.

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