Monday, January 29, 2007

Change In Iraq

Omar over at Iraq the Model reported over a week ago that Sunni militants were leaving Baghdad rapidly. Last Friday, he reported that after an especially threatening and acrimonious debate in parliament, Baghdad was quiet…too quiet. Over the weekend there has been intense, but very one-sided fighting in several Iraqi cities.

What’s different? A new general bringing a slight modification of approach, and the restatement by the president of a determination to win despite political opposition. Is that it, then?

And the Surge hasn’t even started.


Old Sourdough said...

Could this have anything to do with it?

Anonymous said...

I suspect that I am being too simplistic, however: maybe, just maybe, the bad guys are "bailing" because they recognize that we are serious. Some (not enough) have figured out when the Americans are serious and when they are not.

Those that survived Fallujah II, know that sometimes we really are serious.

Think very quiet most of the world was during the three weeks in the March Up to Baghdad.