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October 26, 2008

Iraq Update: Who's Holding Who?


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Did anyone else appreciate the utter irony of this shot in the Saturday NYT print edition — representing how American forces, in the middle of their otherwise sprawling Iraq military base, are suddenly the ones trapped or “fenced in” by the imminent prospect of shutting the place down?

As the U.S. mission has morphed a thousand times, “winning” has now been reduced to somehow getting rid of the 17,000 real and supposed evil-doers (held here and Camp Cropper) the military went through hell to capture in the first place.

from: A Puzzle Over Prisoners as Iraqis Take Control – (NYT)

(image: David Furst/AFP-Getty. May 2008.)

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