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September 19, 2004

Iraq: going backwards

It would appear that President Bush lives in a delusional world when he says that the coalition of the willing is winning in Iraq, that freedom is spreading and peace will prevail. Canberra and Downing Street continue to echo Washington. We are involved in a world war involving democracy versus tyranny.

The place is a powder keg says Christopher Allbritton who has been covering Iraq for Time Magazine.

Steve Bell

This is what Christopher Allbritton says:

"I dont know if I can really put into words just how bad it is here some days. Yesterday was horrible just horrible. While most reports show Fallujah, Ramadi and Samarra as no-go areas, practically the entire Western part of the country is controlled by insurgents, with pockets of U.S. power formed by the garrisons outside the towns. Insurgents move freely throughout the country and the violence continues to grow. I wish I could point to a solution, but I dont see one...Baghdadis .... want electricity, clean water and, most of all, an end to the violenceWhat was once a hell wrought by Saddam is now one of Americas making."

The security situation is actually deteriorating as Iraq slides to civil war. The US is losing the war as Ayad Allawi's client government and its coalition backers continue to lose control of the country. Some conservatives are calling for an exit strategy, not so Victor Davis Hanson.

Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at September 19, 2004 11:51 PM

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