BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Baghdad’s streets were electric with tension Wednesday as U.S. officials confirmed the new security operation was under way. U.S. armor rushed through streets, and Iraqi armored personnel carriers guarded bridges and major intersections….In parts of the city only a few shops were open, a reminder of the fear people have of more car and suicide bombings, which have hit Baghdad with regularity in recent weeks.
Lines outside gas stations stretched for more than a mile, as the city is experiencing its worst fuel crisis in months. Supplies are very low because refining capacity is down, a problem compounded by hoarding….
The operation is the third attempt by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his U.S. backers to pacify Baghdad since the Shiite leader came to office in May. The operation, which will involve about 90,000 Iraqi and American troops, is seen by many as a last chance to curb Iraq’s sectarian war.

Bush power trip jeopardizes terror war: BY DEWAYNE WICKHAM, Gannett News

….Whatever the reason, Bush is on a power trip that seems to be hurtling him – and this nation – toward a political abyss. Last week, in the face of growing congressional opposition to his plan to send an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq, the president said he wouldn’t be deterred by such criticism. “I’m the decision-maker,” he snapped.

Bush too often responds like a dictator when his actions are challenged. That kind of behavior doesn’t sit well with many Democrats – and some Republicans.


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