The Current Status of 'Deals With the Devil'
September 9, 2007
At Street Level, Unmet Goals of Troop Buildup
BAGHDAD, Sept. 8 — Seven months after the American-led troop “surge” began, Baghdad has experienced modest security gains that have neither reversed the city’s underlying sectarian dynamic nor created a unified and trusted national government.
. . . The troop increase was meant to create conditions that could lead from improved security in Baghdad to national reconciliation to a strong central government to American military withdrawal. In recent weeks, President Bush and his commanders have shifted their emphasis to new alliances with tribal leaders that have improved security in Diyala Province, the Sunni Triangle and other Sunni areas, most notably Anbar Province. . . --read article-- ____________________________________________________________________ Which is very similar to the Chicago Police shifting their emphasis away from fighting criminal gangs to making new alliances with the Bla…