Friday, April 20, 2007

I'm Sure it Will Work This Time

Last August the Bushies came up with a brilliant new plan to stop the violence in Iraq (well almost new) by building a wall around the Al-Dora neighborhood in Baghdad. It was being paraded around as the new answer for security since the surge in U.S. forces dubbed Operation Forward Together had failed miserably. The reality is that it had been tried over and over and over again in Iraq, and each attempt had failed.

The American and Iraqi armies on Tuesday, August 15, started building a wall around Al-Dora, a neighborhood in southern Baghdad. Soldiers have erected prefabricated concrete walls in order to "prevent terrorists from entering," according to the American army. [...]

The objective is to "clean Baghdad before Ramadan" at the end of September.

Get ready for it. Yes, you guessed it the Bush administration via the Pentagon has announced that it is building another wall to enhance security. Isn't there a definition of insanity that says something about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results?

A U.S. military brigade is constructing a three-mile-long concrete wall to cut off one of the capital's most restive Sunni Arab districts from the Shiite Muslim neighborhoods that surround it...

The ambitious project is a sign of how far the U.S. military will go to end the non-stop bloodshed in Iraq.

I read the article twice and the only thing I can see that is different about this farce is that the Pentagon is now describing it as creating "gated communities." I wonder if "swim and tennis" are included?

h/t to dKos for some of the links

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