The Insurgency

The fact that American forces still attack entire cities and towns in the west is a sign of how much territory remains out of U.S. and Iraqi government control, said Abu Hatem Dulaimi, a member of the Zarqawi-allied Ansar al-Sunna Army.
"I can say that the legend of the undefeated U.S. Army is gone, owing to our rockets and mines, which are separating them from it day after day," Dulaimi said in a telephone interview. "If they bet that time will be the way to end the resistance, they are wrong, because we are stronger since a year ago or maybe more."
That's from a Washington Post article about the strength of the "insurgency" in Iraq. A year ago, quoting the leader of any militant Iraqi resistance group would have been unthinkable in the American press. But times have changed because, well, nothing has really changed with the Iraqi insurgency. American troops continue to get hit with IED and RPG attacks that require complete assistance from the general populace to go off smoothy. And the reason why the populace participates is -- get this -- they don't want Americans there.

And hundreds of ambushes later, it's finally time for the slug-brained reporters to rethink the whole paradigm. So, press a general to elaborate on notions about the state of resistance in Iraq, and you get a less than convincing answer:
From Gen. George Casey, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, down to his underlings, American officials have insisted this summer that, at the least, the insurgency is not growing. Pressed to explain the claim, U.S. military officials said recently that they meant only that they believe the insurgency remains concentrated in no more than four of Iraq's 18 provinces.
We're not to far off from a time when "military officials" are going to be named sources who will have to explain how just 3,000 foreign insurgents are managing to recapture Iraqi towns... or when resistance leaders are portrayed as such despite a lack of ties to a foreign prop like Zarqawi.


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