Civil War in All But Name

The Pentagon publicly acknowledged what critics of the administration have been saying for months: The situation in Iraq is not under control.

Executions, kidnappings, and other sectarian attacks targeting Iraqi civilians have soared over the past four months, contributing to a 51 percent rise in casualties among the population, the report said. In the past three months, more than 3,000 Iraqis were killed or wounded each month, with 2,000 of the deaths the result of sectarian incidents, according to the report.

The Pentagon report, though consistent with what news media have reported for months, is significant because it represents an official acknowledgment of trends that are widely believed to be driving the country toward full-scale civil war.

The violence isn’t confined to Baghdad. According to the report, it’s spreading to provinces north of the city.

In the eyes of the administration, then, is our military run by “appeasers”?


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