kos scribe chides “whack-a-mole” policy

Iraq:  The Whack-a-Mole Policy Continues

Tue Aug 14, 2007 at 04:30:03 AM PDT

The never-ending game of whack-a-mole in Iraq continues.  In the north:

About 16,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops began a new operation north of Baghdad targeting insurgents who have fled a crackdown in the restive city of Baqouba, the military said Tuesday.

While in the south:

The Shiite-on-Shiite struggle for Iraq’s economically important south has taken a violent turn.

And of course we shouldn’t forget that George Bush’s “surge” was touted as a plan to give the Iraqi government breathing room to solidify and to meet those formerly all-important benchmarks that the administration rarely mentions anymore.  And how is that going?

Al-Maliki appeared to have cleared the way, with a last-minute push from U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, for a crisis council that seeks to save his crumbling government, but the timing of the meeting was uncertain.

Al-Maliki’s government — a shaky coalition of Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds — has been gutted by boycotts and defections. A full-scale disintegration could touch off power grabs on all sides and seriously complicate U.S.-led efforts to stabilize Iraq.

And in other news, four U.S. soldiers and fourteen more Iraqi civilians were killed.

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