More than a dozen rockets fired from donkey carts slammed into Iraq’s Oil Ministry and two hotels Friday — attacks dismissed by a U.S. general as “militarily insignificant” but which also exposed weaknesses in gathering intelligence on insurgents.
The brazen, coordinated strikes at some of Baghdad’s most heavily protected civilian sites defied a U.S. crackdown.
Two other donkeys — one pulling a rocket launcher and another rigged to a bomb — were found within hours, one 30 yards from the Italian Embassy. U.S. officials said the targets were the headquarters of a Kurdish political party and a law school.
A civilian contractor was seriously injured at the Palestine Hotel, where many foreign journalists and U.S. workers are staying. No other casualties were reported at the Palestine or at the Sheraton Hotel across the street, and police said no one was hurt at the ministry.
“They’re trying to break our will. They’re trying to seize the headlines … but they’re militarily insignificant,” Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the U.S. military deputy director for operations, said at a news conference.
But he conceded that the insurgents were playing off American weaknesses, specifically in terms of gathering intelligence that could have prevented the attacks.
Am I the only one who sees this as a sign of weakness of the enemy? Their only option is to have a few jackasses strap a rocket to a jackass and then attack soft targets? This is spun as a sign that we are losing? I don’t get it.
First we were assured that the Iraqi people would welcome us in every way and western war opponents were castigated for being insufficiently attentive to the needs of Iraqis. Now Iraqis face condemnation for being insufficiently supportive of our policies.
A.) No one stated the Iraqi people would welcome us in every way- this is more nonsense from the quagmire crowd. You can almost hear Yglesias itching to say ‘cakewalk.’
B.) No one is condemning Iraqis for being insufficiently supportive- Lileks was responding to a rather obnoxious, short-sighted, petulant, and assinine letter from Salam Pax:
To tell you the truth, I am glad that someone is doing the cleaning up, and thank you for getting rid of that scary guy with the hideous moustache that we had for president. But I have to say that the advertisements you were dropping from your B52s before the bombs fell promised a much more efficient and speedy service. We are a bit disappointed. So would you please, pretty please, with sugar on top, get your act together and stop telling people you have Iraq all figured out when you are giving us the trial-and-error approach?
Then again- that does sound like something from the DNC, so I understand why Matt is endorsing it. At any rate, has Matt apologized for this out and out lie yet?
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Baldilocks asks a question. The answer, Baldilocks, is because some people are idiots.