Tuesday, June 19, 2007

It begins...

The "surge" that everyone has been talking about failing has actually begun today.

About 10,000 U.S. soldiers launched an offensive against al-Qaida in Iraq northeast of Baghdad early Tuesday, killing at least 22 insurgents, the U.S. military said.

The raids, dubbed "Operation Arrowhead Ripper," took place in Baqouba, the capital of Diyala province, and involved air assaults under the cover of darkness, the military said in a statement. The operation was still in its opening stages, it said.

On Monday, military officials said U.S. and Iraqi forces had launched attacks on Baghdad's northern and southern flanks to clear out Sunni insurgents, al-Qaida fighters and Shiite militiamen who had fled the capital and Anbar during a four-month-old security operation.
And, as is typical, the media (in this case, Steven Hurst,AP writer) gives the obligatory "sky is blue" downer:
There is no guarantee that driving the organization out of current sanctuaries would prevent it from migrating to other regions to continue the fight.
Yes. And there's no guarantee that one of us won't get hit by a bus on the way home. What's the point of writing that, other than to spread dissent?

Don't be fooled by the media. As evidenced in this article, they're aware of the fact that the troop buildup has only now been completed and is only now being used.
A top U.S. military official said American forces were taking advantage of the arrival of the final brigade of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to open concerted attacks.
"Open" means start. They know it, the soldiers know it, the Squeaker and the Pejorativity Leader know it. The trick is to keep the citizens from knowing it.