If the Surge is working…

…why is the Iraqi government trying to dissemble The Awakening?

Do you know what the Awakening Movement is?

If not, then it is a movement of Sunni’s in Iraq – once fighters against the US forces. This movement was brought about by the US military utilising these fighters – paying to directly fight for the US.

Now the Movement isn’t so popular with the Shiite controlled government. As explained here:

West of Baghdad, former insurgent leaders contend that the Iraqi military is going after 650 Awakening members, many of whom have fled the once-violent area they had kept safe. While the crackdown appears to be focused on a relatively small number of leaders whom the Iraqi government considers the most dangerous, there are influential voices to dismantle the American backed movement entirely.

“The state cannot accept the Awakening,” said Sheik Jalaladeen al-Sagheer, a leading Shiite member of Parliament. “Their days are numbered.”

What does this bode for the security of the region – and the mythical Surge that John McCain keeps speaking about?

It does go to show that, while the American soldier fights on, the real security is forced by those who were insurgents themselves – they just changed sides.

[C]ausing a rift with the American military, which contends that any significant diminution of the Awakening could result in renewed violence, jeopardizing the substantial security gains in the past year. United States commanders say that the practice, however unconventional, of paying the guerrillas has saved the lives of hundreds of American soldiers. Brig. Gen. David Perkins, the senior military spokesman in Iraq.

This all amounts to certain facts – one being that the surge has not worked – it is as plain as the nose on your face – yet many still believe John McCain.

Even now, as this blogpost is being written, the US is in negotiations about the withdrawel of American combat troops come 2011. Why?

Will this lead to, if McCain should take office, McCain ripping up this agreement and staying in Iraq? He hasn’t, as far as I know, said anything about this withdrawal timetable. Will he say anything on the stumps? That we don’t know – but his rhetoric should change – it must change to that where he says that not only has the surge been successful, which is obvious that it hasn’t, it must change to that the US has won the Iraq war.

If not it is a matter that he is, once again, incorrect and certainly not in the loop as to what he should be privileged to – information that can easily be passed to him so he can change his stance, again, which he hasn’t.

John McCain lies to the American people – now that an attack dog, Joe Biden, has been picked for the VP – we can only hope that these lies are brought to the fore and exposed.

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0 Responses to If the Surge is working…

  1. leapsecond says:


    And, as I’ve repeatedly said, I’m very nervous about the Shia majority government. It makes me very anxious to see how things will turn out… And if Iraq will stay in one piece after we leave.

    My brother and I have both agreed that we’re getting out of the country as fast as we can if McCain gets elected… And that’s saying something.

  2. Will Rhodes says:

    Hey, Brett – welcome back!

    Hope you had a good time!

    I’m sure Canada will welcome you, I know that nothing will stop the civil war in Iraq, no matter how long the US stay there.

    I am away to watch a film with the Mrs – catch you soon.

  3. leapsecond says:

    I’m sure Canada will love me: I’m a hockey player! By default I have to be welcomed!

    I’m burnt out and things didn’t turn out that great in the end. I did get a ton of reading done, however, which is always fantastic.

  4. thebeadden says:

    They have the Sunni’s helping? The same Sunni’s that have turned women’s rights ass-backwards in Iraq.


    Well, there you go.

    They want civil discord anyway. That was the plan all along.
    So, in effect, it really is working.

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