Basra (again)

Today’s NYTimes has an article titled

Crackdown on Militias Raises Stability Concerns

My first thought is that the Times is trying to get ahead of whatever it is that Petraeus might say today. So while I decided to read the story (see me earlier) I was prepared to be a little skeptical.

Imagine my surprise to read interpretations that exist outside the realm of time and space!!

After first noting that Basra could have “destabilized things” the Times admits that some good things have happened (Really. Click on through). Then the Times give the reader this:

But the badly coordinated push into Basra has unleashed a new barrage of attacks on American and Iraqi forces and has led to open fighting between Shiite militias.

Figures compiled by the American military showed that attacks specifically on military targets in Baghdad more than tripled in March, one of many indications that violence has begun to rise again after months of gains in the wake of an American troop increase. Overall attacks on Baghdad more than doubled, to 631 in March from 239 in February, reflecting new strikes against the Green Zone, the fortified headquarters for Iraqi and American officials, as well as renewed fighting in Sadr City between the Mahdi Army and American and Iraqi forces.

The statistics threaten to reignite public concern about the cost of the war, just as the top American military commander and the senior American diplomat in Iraq testify before Congress on Tuesday.

All the bolds are mine.

The Basra assault from Maliki started March 24 or 25. Read the above again.

But the badly coordinated push into Basra has unleashed a new barrage of attacks on American and Iraqi forces and has led to open fighting between Shiite militias.

Somehow, by attacking Sadr in late March in an uncoordinated way, Maliki has caused an increase in violence throughout March! (?)

vs

By attacking Sadr in late March, Maliki was responding to increase violence throughout early March.

What planet does this paper live on????

2 thoughts on “Basra (again)

  1. We have known that paper isn’t among us for awhile, but they need a spacesuit now for how far out they are!!

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