Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Case proven!

The BBC are quite clearly dismissive of the prospects and success of the US 'surge' in Iraq - look at what Stephen Pollard says about their radio coverage here - despite the evidence submitted by General Petraeus to suggest that violence is decreasing and progress looks better than it has for some time.
Even allowing for that, however, there's a bit of disingenuousness on display in their report, as well as a classic instance of the famous 'meanwhile' tactic beloved of commenters across the blogosphere:
The military objectives of the US troop surge in Iraq "are largely being met", the top US military commander in Iraq, Gen David Petraeus, has said. He told a Congressional panel that although improvements were "uneven", violence had declined significantly since the surge began in February....Meanwhile, at least eight American soldiers died in Iraq.
Well that told old Petraeus eh? Eight dead...
including seven killed in a vehicle accident in western Baghdad.
Car crash in Baghdad - evidence that US military strategy misguided.

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