The insurgents don’t so much see the US as “occupiers”, but as a force standing in their way of their political agenda, which does not parallel that of Iraqis.[/quote]
If your point is that the US objectives do not coincide with Iraqi objectives, I agree. For example, Paul Bremmer opened up Iraqi natural resources to foreign ownership. That is not in the Iraqis’ best interests.
But somehow I don’t think that was your point. It seems that you’re suggesting that the insurgency is a primarily outsider-based effort. That’s not true, but I see Right Wingers trying to pass that nonsense off, all the time.
The insurgents are mainly Iraqi nationals. Only a small percentage of the fighters in Iraq are foreigners.
[b]The ‘myth’ of Iraq’s foreign fighters:
"Report by US think tank says only ‘4 to 10’ percent of insurgents are foreigners.[/b]
This article is dated, and as Iraq continues to devolve, the numbers will certainly fluctuate. Rumsfeld never made a point of sealing the borders so there will be changes in the stats.
But the point is that the vast number of fighters are Iraqis. It’s not even close.
And I think the point of this thread is that Bush’s escalation will just result in more US casualties. Adding a token number of troops this late in the game is not going to do a damn thing to solve the clusterfuck Bush unleashed over there. Bush has no political or diplomatic component to his strategy (if you can even call it a strategy)… and that is at the heart of our failure in Iraq.