Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Iraq sees deadliest day; Dems give no ground on troop withdrawal

Suspected Sunni insurgents penetrated the Baghdad security net Wednesday, hitting Shiite targets with four bomb attacks that killed 183 people — the bloodiest day since the U.S. troop surge began nine weeks ago. Nationwide, the number of people killed or found dead on Wednesday was 233, which makes it the second deadliest day in Iraq since the AP began keeping records in May 2005.

Meanwhile, Democrats met with President Bush today to discuss the Iraq supplemental today but neither side relented from their previous position. Despite predictions and calls for Democrats to "soften" their stance, Democrats will send the Iraq supplemental to Bush sometime next week with a withdrawal provision currently being hammered out by House and Senate negotiators. Here's what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (who has shown excellent leadership on this) had to say about Bush:

"We believe he must search his soul, his conscience and find out what is the right thing for the American people," Reid said, standing outside the White House. "I believe signing this bill will do that."

Hopefully, today's carnage in Iraq will help him see the light.

UPDATE (Xanthippas): And the bombings continue today.

1 comment:

Xanthippas said...

I know it's hard for people on the right to believe, but people like us really, really wish that the surge would work. We would like nothing more than to be completely wrong, to see the killings slow and then abate, and to see Iraq at peace even if it means that idiot President gets lauded as a hero by sheer luck of the draw. Instead, we're angry that it's not working, angry that Iraqis continue to die, angry that our soldiers die along with them for no good cause, and we're more than willing to direct that anger where it belongs, at the Republicans (and Democrats) who got us into this war and continue to support our prsence in Iraq, at the pundits who deride war critics, and at the right-wing bloggers who deny reality so long as the war kills people they don't know and don't care about.