Anbar Province Success Isn't Due to U.S. Surge
by coonbug, Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 04:38:25 AM EDT
The Bush administration is claiming SUCCESS in Iraq and that the success is attributed to the additional troops they sent over earlier this year.
This is once again - a lie
It wasn't the U.S. surge that calmed things down in Anbar province, it was the Sunni surge, according to Michael Ware of CNN. This clip of news given during the Anderson Cooper 360 Show last night (Sept. 3, 2007) should be REPLAYED by Democrats.
The Bush administration is once again claiming "Mission Accomplished" - when it didn't have anything to do with OUR surge of 30,000 additional troops.CNN: Anderson Cooper interview of Michael Ware in Iraq http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0709/03/acd.01.html CNN: Anderson Cooper COOPER: The president flew to Al Anbar Province. We have talked about it a lot. He touted the security progress that has been made there, undeniable. Things are getting better. What is working in Al Anbar? And how -- and -- and, really, quite frankly, can it translate into the rest of Iraq? WARE: Well, certainly one of the -- one of the president's war council -- I believe it was Secretary Gates himself -- said that, really, the success of Al Anbar Province predates the surge. It is really an Iraqi initiative. And what that is, is that the Sunni Baathist insurgency turned on al Qaeda and it offered America the same terms of negotiation that it first offered four years ago, in 2003, in that it was willing to work with America, but not with the Iraqi government. And America, after four years of bloodshed, was finally ready to accept those terms. So, it is the Sunni insurgency that has turned all Anbar around and made it safe. And, having just returned from that province ourselves, having been with those insurgents, we watched with our own eyes as the insurgents go in one door of a training camp and emerge as the so-called Iraqi police that are keeping those streets safe that President Bush referred to -- Anderson. COOPER: A lot of people probably didn't cover this today, but a really important event did happen in Iraq elsewhere where President Bush was, and British forces handed over control of Basra, which is Iraq's second largest city. It's down in the south. They handed over control to the Iraqi forces. It is a big test.