As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Soldiers Are Paid To Fight

Tbogg quotes Michael Corleone in Godfather II while noting that the insurgents needed only about a week to figure out how to carry out their business in the wake of the surge.

A suicide bomber struck a funeral in Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least seven people as militants show increasing defiance to a major security operation in the capital.

The attacker, wearing a belt packed with explosives, followed a funeral procession into a tent before detonating the blast in a mostly Shiite district of eastern Baghdad, police said. At least 15 people were injured.

In other bloodshed across Baghdad, a car bomb and a suicide attacker killed at least 11 people. About 12 miles outside the capital, a truck carrying chlorine gas ran over a roadside bomb. Two people died in the explosion and nearly 150 exposed to the fumes were treated for injuries, said Brig. Gen. Qassim Moussawi, a military spokesman.

This comes after yesterday's brazen attack on a US combat outpost, which killed two soldiers. One of the aspects of the surge is that US troops are setting up these combat outposts, which are less fortified than the sprawling bases where they were previously stationed. The idea is to better monitor events on the ground and be able to hold positions more effectively, but it also opens up the opportunity for another Beirut.

No wonder the White House disputed the idea that Iraq is "the worst mistake" in US history. The mistake may yet be just beginning. As Mr. Corleone said:

MICHAEL: I saw an interesting thing today. A man was being arrested by the Military Police; probably an urban guerrilla. Rather than be taken alive, he exploded a grenade hidden in his jacket, taking the command vehicle with him.

The various men look up as Michael eats his cake, wondering what the point of it is.

MICHAEL: It occurred to me: the police are paid to fight, and the Rebels are not.


MICHAEL: So, that occurred to me.

You keep fighting insurgencies, you will keep losing. Yes, even the Boer War.

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