Thursday, November 11, 2004

It's Time for the 'Q' Word Again

It's been a while, what with the elections, several days of despair and several more to recover. But it's that time again. Time to break out "Quagmire." Again.

Remember all those high explosives that weren't secured during the initial invasion of Iraq? Very nasty stuff and it was likely distributed to the insurgents around Iraq and used to create the many IEDs that have killed and injured our soldiers and many Iraqis. Then there was the story early this week that, among many other weapons that were not secured during the invasion, a couple thousand portable surface-to-air missiles went missing.

Once again those mistakes, that lack of detailed planning by BushCo. are coming back around to bite our soldiers in the ass.

A car bomb exploded near a police patrol in busy central Baghdad on Thursday, killing 17 people and wounding 20, police said.

A police source said the blast missed a convoy of suburban cars of the kind used by foreign security contractors, which had just passed through the commercial Saadoun Street district.
And then there's this:

Two U.S. helicopters were shot down near Fallujah on Thursday as fighting in the insurgent stronghold continued.

U.S. soldiers search for insurgents in Fallujah. Military officials said the Super Cobra helicopters were shot down in separate incidents and the crew members have been rescued.
There are no details on what was used to shoot down the helicopters, it could have been the missing missiles or just "regular" bullets. And the car bomb could have been fashioned from many things. But the fact that the explosives and the missiles are out there only heightens the danger to the soldiers and pilots.

Perhaps it's time to resurrect a Google Bomb from earlier in this quagmire: Miserable Failure.

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