[i]WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attacks in Iraq last month reached their highest daily average since May 2003, showing a surge in violence as President George W. Bush completed a buildup of U.S. troops, Pentagon statistics show.
The data, obtained by Reuters from the Defense Department, showed an upward trend in daily attacks over the past four months, when U.S. and Iraqi forces were ramping up operations against insurgents and militants, including al Qaeda, in Iraq.
The June numbers showed 5,335 attacks against coalition troops, Iraqi security forces, civilians and infrastructure.[/i]
Bush cannot invoke reason to keep the troops on the ground. The Iraq war was evidently a blunder and the surge made things even worse. I was a strong believer in the excellence of your checks and balances system, but after the inaction of congress, I’m starting to have doubts about the efficacy of the system.
There’s no doubt in my mind that a referendum in either countries (Iraq or the US) will put an end to the madness. But, the Iraqi parliament went on vacation (true story!) and the Democrats seem to be lacking the balls to corner Bush. I personally doubt US troops will ever get out of Iraq given all the bases they’ve built. Any of you has a different analysis? Do you see a massive withdrawal before next elections?