There has been a lot going on in the world the last few days while I have been otherwise occupied and without a high speed connection to the tubes but from what I can see between the horror at Virginia Tech, the appalling decision of the Supreme Court, the continuing saga over the US attorneys, and the usual crap that boils up out of this administration(bald eagles, no negotiated drug prices, etc.) it's not surprising that the majority of America is a bit glassy eyed. While it does not have the lead in the headlines on CNN or ABC or any other major network... since their job is to trivialize the disaster at VaTech, the hell hole in Iraq is getting worse since the "Surge" is not better. This is, of course, completely contrary to what we are hearing from the Bushies. Hello folks, yes it is unbelievably heartbreaking with all that that is happening here at home but Baghdad is exploding.
Suspected Sunni insurgents penetrated the Baghdad security net Wednesday, hitting Shiite targets with four bomb attacks that killed 183 people — the bloodiest day since the U.S. troop increase began nine weeks ago.... Nationwide the number of people killed or found dead was 233, which was second only to a total of 281 killed or found dead on Nov. 23, 2006. Those figures are according to AP record-keeping, which began in May 2005.
Meanwhile, the Bush administration has jimmied every statistic in an effort to try and extract some semblance of "progress". Today's and this week's violence should put and end to the theory that the massive escalation of US forces is a solution for what is happening in Iraq.
U.S. officials have reported a decrease in sectarian killings in Baghdad since the U.S.-Iraqi security crackdown was launched Feb. 14. But the past week has seen several spectacular attacks in the capital, including a suicide bombing inside parliament and a powerful blast that collapsed a landmark bridge across the Tigris River. The number of bodies dumped in the streets of Baghdad also has risen significantly.
Is this the Surge that Bush was looking for? A surge in the rate of Americans dying?A surge in number of Iraqis dying? A surge in rate in which the the US-backed government is crumbling? He is lookin for Surge..we got surge.