Monday, January 23, 2006

Attacks in Iraq Jumped 29% Last Year









From USAToday

I need you to put on your wingnut goggles for this post, so you can realize how truly superexcellent this is. There were 26,496 attacks in 2004, 34,131 in 2005. Yes, car bombs more than doubled to 873, there were 278 more suicide car bombs and individuals wearing suicide vest went from 7 in 2004 to 67 in 2005. Oh yah, Roadside bombs almost doubled to 10,953 incidents as well. But this means they are in the last of the last throes of the insurgency! Soon everything in Iraq will be destroyed and all will be peaceful...uninhabitable, but finally peaceful.

Brig. Gen. Donald Alston says... "It tells me the coalition and the Iraqi forces have been very aggressive in taking the fight to the enemy."

See, the more we attack them, the more they attack us. It's quagmiristic! What's not to like?

Now remove your wingnut goggles. (disclaimer: removing wingnut goggles may cause extreme nausea as reality returns)

7 Comments:

Blogger Smartypants said...

So, what are you saying?

Are you saying I can't vacation in Iraq this summer?

Cuz that's what I think you're saying.

Mon Jan 23, 07:35:00 PM CST  
Blogger Elmo said...

I'm saying there may be better choices...that's all.

Mon Jan 23, 07:58:00 PM CST  
Blogger Peaky said...

no such thing as bda news if you have enough spin. Smarty I'm thinking perhaps Tehran so you can show off your sparkly pins

Tue Jan 24, 03:15:00 AM CST  
Blogger Smartypants said...

Actually, I thought I'd start my vacation out by touring Uganda and the Congo and then swing north into Iraq.

But, then again, Peaky has a good point. Tehran offers so much to the American tourist.

Tue Jan 24, 09:04:00 AM CST  
Blogger TBone said...

http://www.brookings.edu/fp/saban/iraq/index.pdf

US Troop Fatalities — down for three straight months — from 96 in November to 61 in December to 35 in January (so far)

US Troops wounded in action — down for four straight months — from 618 in October to 466 in November to 461 in December to 131 in January (so far)

Iraqi military and police fatalities — down from 304 in July to 193 in December.

Car bombs in Iraq — down from a high of 136 in June to 30 in December

Iraqi civilian deaths — down from a high of 2475 in September to 532 in December

Multiple fatality bombings — down from a high of 46 in September to 21 in December and 14 in January (so far — however, the bombings in January have been dramatically more lethal)

Daily attacks by insurgents — down from a high of 100 in October to 75 in December

There is something that's up in Iraq, though. The number of Iraqi security forces is now over 220,000. And the death toll of the "insurgents" continues to increase at a rapid pace — approximately 3000 per month.

Guess it all depends on where you check yer facts elmo.

Tue Jan 24, 09:52:00 AM CST  
Blogger Elmo said...

Oh, you got me! The month of December was a little better than the rest of the year.

Let us hope it's a trend...but I doubt it.

Tue Jan 24, 11:26:00 AM CST  
Anonymous offensive said...

Oh shit! We are winning the war on terror. Good work John Wayne! Now can we get back to important things like when the Madden game is coming out?

Fri Jan 27, 02:44:00 PM CST  

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