As Basra is Bush and Petraeus's lie to continue a losing war TET proved both Johnson and Westmoreland's claims victory was at hand in Vietnam and the Viet Cong were defeated was NOT true. (Especially while they were occupying the US embassy in Saigon) Which is why Walter Cronkite made the statement he did after TET. And also why Lyndon Johnson knew TET doomed his re-election campaign. Also why the US army replaced the less then honest Westmoreland with Creighton Abrams in command of US forces in Vietnam. Just like the current fighting in Iraq has shown the surge did NOT do what Bush and McSame claimed it did, Especially after some Baghdad neighborhoods have been controlled by al Sadr's people after this latest fighting began. Try some truth and the real facts out of Iraq instead of fox lies spin and disinformation€ and of course Rush's total ignorance of anything connected with the truth ....
Now as Bush hails success, the truth! The latest proof of failure and escalation! The Iraqi military push into the southern city of Basra is not going as well as American officials had hoped, despite President Bush's high praise for the operation, several U.S. officials said Friday. closely held U.S. military intelligence analysis of the fighting in Basra shows that Iraqi security forces control less than a quarter of the city, according to officials in both the United States and Iraq, and Basra's police units are deeply infiltrated by members of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's Mehdi Army.
"This is going to go on for a while," one U.S. military official said. Iraqi forces launched their offensive in Basra this week. Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was personally overseeing operations in the southern city against what government officials called "rogue" or "outlaw" militia elements, most loyal to al-Sadr. During a joint news conference Friday with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Bush called the operation "a defining moment in the history of a free Iraq," saying the government is fighting criminals there. "It was just a matter of time before the government was going to have to deal with it," he said. The president also hailed the operation as a sign of progress, emphasizing that the decision to mount the offensive was Al maliki's. "It was his military planning; it was his causing the troops to go from point A to point B," Bush said. "And it's exactly what a lot of folks here in America were wondering whether or not Iraq would even be able to do it in the first place. And it's happening."
But since the beginning of the government offensive four days ago, violence also has picked up in a wide area of southern Iraq, including in Baghdad's International Zone -- also known as the Green Zone -- which has been targeted by rocket and mortar attacks. Coalition bombers have joined in the fight, hitting targets in Basra and Baghdad. Bush is friggen brain dead! They are not doing it. This is the beginning of the end in Iraq before it spreads throughout the middle east!
The Basra analysis also shows that militia forces control a wide swath of cities in Iraq's southeast, including areas near the airport, where British forces are located, the officials said. More than 100 Iraqis have been killed in the fighting, including at least 14 in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood.The fighting has sparked fears that a seven-month cease-fire by al-Sadr's Mehdi Army, regarded as a key factor in a dramatic drop in attacks in recent months, could collapse or that the U.S. military will have to bail out the Iraqis.On Thursday, the Interior Ministry imposed a curfew through the weekend in Baghdad, Hilla, Kut, Diwaniya, Simawa and Basra.Officials banned pedestrian, motorcycle and vehicular traffic through 5 a.m. Sunday (10 p.m. ET Saturday). Maliki's Basra fight failing
knowing that this is the beginning of the end and US armor is involved, our troops are leading the way again, and UK and US fighters are again attacking from the air, it is obvious we are going to get much deeper. The speeding up of Fallon's removal is the final proof that this middle east breakdown will proceed from here. The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, Central Asia and East Africa stepped down Friday. It was the last day in command for Admiral William Fallon, and it came several months earlier than expected. Admiral Fallon did say several months ago that war rhetoric from some members of the White House staff was not helpful in his effort to ease tensions in the Middle East. And he has publicly opposed some other key policies, including, initially, the surge of U.S. forces into Iraq.
Gates said it was not his views, but rather his failure to put an end to the perception he had ongoing policy differences with the administration that led to his departure from one of the most important posts in the U.S. military. At Friday's ceremony, Secretary Gates mentioned the thing that got Admiral Fallon into trouble, his candor. Admiral Fallon was replaced on a temporary basis by his deputy, Lieutenant General Martin Dempsey,who will serve until a permanent commander is nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate. Fallon Steps down months early
Bush did not want to hear the truth so they got rid of him. this middle east breakdown will now proceed. All they need is to find an Admiral that will ignore reality and do what Bush says! It is no coincidence that Iraq is failing as Bush will spread this nightmare and Fallon's was released at such a critical juncture!