Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Last Throes Update

Hey, remember this?

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The insurgency in Iraq is "in the last throes," Vice President Dick Cheney says, and he predicts that the fighting will end before the Bush administration leaves office.

In a wide-ranging interview Monday on CNN's "Larry King Live," Cheney cited the recent push by Iraqi forces to crack down on insurgent activity in Baghdad and reports that the most-wanted terrorist leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had been wounded.

The vice president said he expected the war would end during President Bush's second term, which ends in 2009.

Well, this week there's more news on how well things are going. Not just the fact that Iraqis are killing each other at a record pace, but also that the insurgents, dead-enders, or whatever you want to call them, now have enough income to keep fighting indefinitely:

BAGHDAD, Nov. 25 β€” The insurgency in Iraq is now self-sustaining financially, raising tens of millions of dollars a year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, corrupt charities and other crimes that the Iraqi government and its American patrons have been largely unable to prevent, a classified United States government report has concluded.

β€œIn fact, if recent revenue and expense estimates are correct, terrorist and insurgent groups in Iraq may have surplus funds with which to support other terrorist organizations outside of Iraq.”

More evidence that invading Iraq has actually made the world more dangerous for the United States, as well as failing to do anything for people in Iraq.

At least the news shows us that one wing of the MSM is seeing reality.


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