BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Two U.S. Marines and one sailor were killed in fighting in Iraq's restive Anbar province, the U.S. military command said Tuesday.
The three, all assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5, died on Monday "due to enemy action," the military said in a statement. It did not provide any further details. Their identities were not released pending notification of their families.
The deaths brought to eight the number of American troops killed in Iraq in combat-related violence over the past two days.
Anbar province, to the west of Baghdad, is one of the country's most volatile. It includes cities such as Ramadi and Fallujah, part of the so-called Sunni Triangle where the insurgency has been at its worst.
GOI: In invading Iraq, Bush and the Republicans created a factory for pumping out terrorists. This is one of the reasons that we are loosing the war on terror (thanks to the Republicans) and making America and the world less safe. Especially since the Republicans keep saying that Iraq is the, "central front in the war on terror." They have been beating that drum for a long time now. Taking their own words then, of course we are loosing the war on terror under Bush and the Republicans as we have long ago lost Iraq! Iraq is now on life support. All we are doing is putting out one fire and watching 5 more flame up in response.
Part of turning things around in Iraq is shaking up the leadership--starting with Field Marshall Von Rumsfeld and continuing with the Republican leadership in Congress and the Senate. Rumself is destroying this country by dragging us deeper and deeper into the chaos of the Iraqi civil war. He is going down in flames because of his Katherine Harris crazy policies toward Iraq and is dragging all of us down with him. He is like the bad influence friend who always gets you in trouble. In fact, Rummy, Bush, Cheney and the Republican Congress are like the "bad crowd" we've been running with, getting us into trouble for too long. We've been thrown in prison thanks to these a$$holes for the past 5 years. Now we have emerged from our jail cell and want to turn over a new leaf and the first step in doing that is to find a new crowd to run with. This means voting in a new Congress that represents a dedication to a new path that will bring us out of trouble, insanity and make us safer. It is time that we take a page from the British play book in preventing terrorism which means using more good old fashioned police work to prevent terrorism in our country.
You can not hope to end or even reduce terrorism and terrorist influences by the end of a gun. This only makes the angry youth even more enraged and pushes them into the arms of the terrorists. How would you re-act if a foreign occupying army (or it's proxy forces) killed your father, mother, brother, sister, child or all of the above? I think if we were all looking honestly at that question we would realize that most of us would obviously join the fight against the country that brought such bloodshed up on your family and country.
Another important way to catch and stop terrorists/terrorism is through good intelligence. However, as we know by now the Bush crowd doesn't really like inconvenient intelligence. They don't like intelligence that doesn't fit their ideology. That's why Cheney strong-armed the CIA before going to war. The obvious problem with this approach is that you insulate yourself to the point of being out of touch with the reality of difficult and complex situations such as Iraq. If you lie enough you begin to actually believe in the falsh reality you created with those lies. This is the environment that "stay the course" policies emerges from. Now, the country has finally caught on to their false reality and realize that they will never change course because they are that stubborn and arrogant. They are willing to drag the entire country into literal Hell then admit that they and their Rambo Hollywood policies are wrong. They are shocked and surprised when their G.I. Joe policies don't end in a happy, sit-com ending where everything works out. Real life is ugly and not everything turns out the way you want it to. Sometimes the hard decision isn't about making this perfect but about doing the best possible and moving on to a battle that one can win. It's time to admit that Iraq is no longer under our control. It was once a solid object like a piece of wood. However, that wood has caught fire and burned for too long and has turned into a wisp of smoke that is lost to our once tight grip of control.
Yes, the violence in Iraq would probably increase if we leave now but this is no longer our fight. Our presence and force is only creating more problems for our country (and for Iraq) and I think it's time that we think about ourselves first now. We should bring back some of our troops and redeploy the rest to surrounding countries such as Kuwait to act as a lightning force should Iran try to invade Iraq. Also we need to invest that money we are sinking into the Iraq quagmire on our own security and economy. You might say, "James, if we leave Iraq the terrorists will follow us here. We need to fight them there so we don't have to fight them here." I would respond by saying we are already fighting them here and fighting in Iraq is only sucking our resources for the defense of our homeland. Not only that but Iraq is creating more terrorists who want to fight us here. What better reason to leave Iraq and beef up our homeland security. Let's start by inspecting 100% of our port cargo.
Sure we can still send some money to Iraq but America is falling apart because Iraq is such a drain on us in SO many ways. Those of us calling for such a "radical" policy are not the "blame America first" crowd but rather we are the "think of America first" crowd.
What a "radical" idea.
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