Tuesday, September 18, 2007


A statistic that wasn't on General Petraeus's charts shows up in the Blackwater story:

...A confidential report from the U.S. Embassy Baghdad titled "Blackwater security detail involved in lethal incident" issued Monday and obtained by ABC News says there were five Blackwater security guards involved in the firefight when a car bomb went off near the entrance to the Izdihar financial compound northwest of the Green Zone.

...The contractors were operating under extremely dangerous circumstances. The report says the car bomb that set off the incident was "the 6th attack on [embassy] personnel in eight days."...

But how can that be possible? Isn't Baghdad really, really much safer? Aren't we kicking ass, choosing victory, making tremendous progress, spotting that light at the end of the tunnel?

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