We Have Broken the Back of the Insurgency

Today, Lt. Gen. John Sattler, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, said he felt the U.S.-led attack on the city had dealt a serious blow to the insurgency.We feel right now that we have, as I mentioned, broken the back of the insurgency. We’ve taken away this safe haven,” Sattler said, adding that insurgents had scattered elsewhere in Iraq where they lacked the resources available in their former stronghold.

I’m convinced that the reelection of the Bush administration was a gift to Osama bin Laden. As long as we have someone in charge that thinks that “they hate us for our freedoms” the war will continue. As long as we have leaders who think they can wage a war of attrition on the insurgents, the war will continue. As long as we have leaders who fail to understand that bin Laden is not a fringe element in the Muslim world, but represents the viewpoint of millions if not billions of Muslims, the war will continue.

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