An al-Qaida-linked group posted a Web statement Tuesday claiming responsibility for a suicide car bombing that killed nine U.S. paratroopers and wounded 20 in the worst attack on American ground forces in Iraq in more than a year.
Evidence on the success of the surge is mixed. In part it is due to the fact that the surge is felt mostly in Baghdad, and the insurgents have merely focused more effort elsewhere, such as in this case, outside Baghdad in the Diyala Province.
Mixed results, at this point, is evidence of failure. We need to be bringing our involvement in Iraq to a close. The surge is not doing that.
President Bush should sign the spending package from the Congress with timelines enclosed. This would perhaps bring enough pressure on the Iraqis to decide what kind of government and nation they wish to have- one with security forces who are willing to take on the challenges, or who will participate in the self-destructive violence that has been pandemic in the nation for the last couple of years.