Thursday, September 21, 2006

Good News

Today marked the second province trasnfered entirely to Iraqi control:

Today’s transfer of security responsibility in Dhi Qar province from the Multi National Force–Iraq (MNF-I) to the Government of Iraq and civilian controlled Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) is another sign of progress toward a stable and secure Iraq. Dhi Qar is the second of 18 Provinces to be transitioned. This is an important milestone along the successful path toward Iraq’s capability to govern and protect itself as a sovereign nation.

“The joint decision between the Iraqi Government and the MNF-I to transition security responsibility reflects a satisfactory assessment of the overall threat situation in Dhi Qar, and increased capabilities of the ISF. Additionally, Dhi Qar’s provincial leadership has demonstrated the ability to take the lead in managing its own security and governance duties at the provincial level. Transition terms are in place to facilitate the transfer process, and Coalition forces stand ready to provide assistance if needed.
Two down, 16 to go...

5 comments:

Matt said...

3.5 years X (16/2) = only 28 years to go!

3agsmom said...

US history: Continental Congress convened - 1774 -- US Constitution ratified - 1789 -- American Civil War - 1861-1865 -- From this we can calculate that it really took 91 years for the US to get its act totally together. That tells me that Iraq looks like it may manage it in record time ...

k2aggie07 said...

You're looking at it all wrong matt.

Follow me here -- you're a gardener. You have a bed of roses. Its been weeks since you planted the seed. One plant flowers. Does that mean it will be weeks for the next to flower?

Matt said...

Let's extend that metaphor a bit. Planting flowers in the most fertile parts of that garden doesn't mean that that garden will spread into the desert. The two southern provinces of Iraq that you speak of have seen the least amount of violence throughout the entire war, (the most fertile part of the garden) now look at the decline in law and order in the central provinces of iraq (the desert). I think you're the matt thats looking at it all wrong.

k2aggie07 said...

All I'm saying is it isn't a linear relationship.

Your math is flawed.