Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Success Defined

Reuters Alert Net (via):
Insurgents in Iraq mounted more than 34,000 attacks last year on U.S. and other foreign troops, Iraqi security forces and Iraqi civilians, a nearly 30 percent jump from 2004, the U.S. military said on Monday.


The number of insurgent attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IEDs), or roadside bombs, increased to 10,593 in 2005 from 5,607 in 2004, the military said. This figure includes IEDs found and eliminated by U.S. forces before rebels had a chance to detonate them.

Insurgent attacks using suicide vests rose to 67 in 2005 from 7 in 2004, the military said. Suicide attacks with car bombs rose to 411 in 2005 from 133 in 2004.
Feel free to read the US military's tortuous explanation as to why this means the coalition is succeeding. I can't make head nor tail of it. Perhaps I just don't have the intelligence to grasp what they're saying.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, does anyone honestly still think that the evil liberal media are desperate to exploit any opportunity to criticise President Bush and his Iraq adventure? There are a total of five reports on this in the entire google news index as I write this. Just to give a sense of pespective, there are over 800 indexed for that whale.

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