Ah What a Tangled Web We Weave . . .
U.S. Planners See Shiite Militias as Rising Threat
By Ann Scott Tyson Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, October 22, 2007; A01
Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker have concluded that Shiite extremists pose a rising threat to the U.S. effort in Iraq, as the relative influence of Sunni insurgent groups such as al-Qaeda in Iraq has diminished drastically because of ongoing U.S. operations.
Except for the Sunni groups we've been arming, to get control of the South, who are our Sunnis and not to be confused with Baathist Sunnis or ex-military Sunnis or any of those other guys who keep talking to each other in a language we can't understand.
This judgment forms part of the changes that Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, approved last week to their classified campaign strategy for the country, which covers the period through summer 2009. The updated plan anticipates shifting the U.S. military effort to focus more on countering …