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February 08, 2008

Posted by Ilan Goldenberg

Marc Lynch has a pretty devastating summary of what's going with the Awakening Movements right now:

What with this [CLCs protesting the local police chief in Baquba] and the Anbar Salvation Council threatening to take up arms against the elected council and refusing to fly the new Iraqi flag and dismissing the entire Parliament as illegitimate and Awakenings leaders declaring that no Iraqi police are allowed in their territory and clashing with them when they do and blaming Shi'ite militias (and not al-Qaeda) for the wave of attacks against them and fighting over territory and threatening to quit if they aren't paid, it really is hard to see why anybody would think that there might be anything troublesome about the relationship between the Awakenings and the Iraqi "state".  Nothing to see here but great big gobs of victory folks, please move along.


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One thing that is frustrating to me is the fact that stories like the one published by Marc Lynch are ignored by the press. Instead we get the message that the surge is working and that John McCain is right from the mainstream media. They are apparently making the same the mistakes that they made in 2003 by constantly repeating Republican talking points and ignoring contrary evidence.