.UPDATES: Olbermann to Bush: "Your Hypocrisy Is So Vast" September 20, 2007 "[Abu Risha] declaring: "The coalition forces are friendly forces, not occupying forces!" Lessons From an Anbar Sheik September 29, 2007"While Gen. Petraeus repeatedly cited the Sunni tribal turn against al-Qaeda as the most significant development in Iraq over the last year, he balks at the suggestion that his command is providing them with guns. "We have never given weapons to tribals," he said. "What we have done is applaud when they ask if they can point their guns at al-Qaeda.""Petraeus: We're Not Arming Sunni Tribes September 10, 2007"But it turns out that earlier this year, U.S. commanders weren't so defensive about the terms of their deal with the tribes. Here's Major General Benjamin Mixon, commander of U.S. troops in northern Iraq, on those terms in June:
[Question] (on camera): Will the assistance or the coordination with these former insurgent groups extend to arming [them] or helping them out in logistics in any sense?
Gen. Benjamin Mixon, U.S. Regional Commander in Iraq: It certainly will. We have seen this in counterinsurgency operations before, using local nationals, if you will, arming them, forming them into scouts, if you will. And that's the primary role that we want to use them in. They know the territory, they know the enemy."Petraeus' Subordinate: Yes, We Are Arming Sunnis September 12, 2007" For a soldier whose military abilities and experience are so lauded by the White House, General Petraeus has had a surprisingly controversial career in Iraq. His critics hold him at least partly responsible for three debacles: the capture of Mosul by the insurgents in 2004; the failure to train an effective Iraqi army and the theft of the entire Iraqi arms procurement budget in 2004-05."President Petraeus? Iraqi official recalls the day US general revealed ambition September 13, 2007"In sharp contrast to the lionization of General David Petraeus by members of the US Congress during his testimony this week, Petraeus's superior, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (Centcom), derided Petraeus as a sycophant during their first meeting in Baghdad in March, according to Pentagon sources familiar with reports of the meeting. Fallon told Petraeus that he considered him to be "an ass-kissing little chickenshit" and added, "I hate people like that," the sources say. That remark reportedly came after Petraeus began the meeting by making remarks that Fallon interpreted as trying to ingratiate himself with a superior."Petraeus out of step with US top brass September 14, 2007
ـ"ولو هبط كائن فضائي في واشنطن وجلس يستمع إلى جلسات الكونغرس لحسب ان العراق كان كيانا تمزقه الحرب الأهلية الطائفية عندما قررت أميركا ارسال قوات حفظ السلام إليه لتفصل بين الطرفين، وأن النقاش يدور في الكونغرس حول النجاح في المهمة من عدمه. نحن نعرف تاريخ الاحتلال وتفكيك دولة العراق بالحرب العدوانية بعد حصار تجويعي دام ثمانية عشر عاما، ولكن المواطن الأميركي المسكين هو فعلا أقرب إلى كائن فضائي."ـ
ـ13 أيلول 2007
."The most prominent figure in a U.S.-backed revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Iraq was killed Thursday by a bomb planted near his home in Anbar province, 10 days after he met with President Bush, police and tribal leaders said.... "This is a tragic loss," said Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, in a statement released in Washington by his spokesman. "It's a terrible loss for Anbar province and all of Iraq. It shows how significant his importance was and it shows al-Qaida in Iraq remains a very dangerous and barbaric enemy. He was an organizing force that did help organize alliances and did help keep the various tribes together."... two Pentagon officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the matter, said the assassination could be a huge setback because it sends a chilling message about the consequences of cooperating with the U.S. (emphasis added)"Bomb Kills Iraqi Sheik Who Met With Bush September 13, 2007Update:"Abu Risha, 37, usually stayed inside a heavily fortified compound containing several houses where he lived with his extended family. A US tank guards the entrance to the compound, which is opposite the largest US base in Ramadi. (emphasis added)"An assassination that blows apart Bush's hopes of pacifying Iraq September 14, 2007
Good riddance, and hopefully to the 'others' who are protected by American tanks