Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Mission Sooooooo Not Accomplished

Car Bomb Kills at Least 47 in Iraq

And from the same AP story (but buried deep):

...In the eastern city of Baqouba, gunmen in two cars opened fire Tuesday on a van carrying policemen home from work, killing 11 officers and a civilian, police and hospital officials said...

Meanwhile, saboteurs blew up a junction where multiple oil pipelines cross the Tigris River in northern Iraq (news - web sites) on Tuesday, sending plumes of smoke leaping into the sky, officials said.

Firefighters struggled to put out the blaze after the attack near Beiji, 155 miles north of Baghdad. U.S. military officials surveying the blast estimated it could take up to three days to put out the fire.

Crude oil cascaded down the hillside into the river. Fire burned atop the water, fueled by the gushing oil. Beiji is the point where several oil pipelines converge, said Lt. Col. Lee Morrison of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Also Tuesday, the military said two American soldiers were killed and three others wounded when they came under attack Monday from an improvised explosive device and small arms fire in Baghdad.
If this is "mission accomplished" a year and a half after the fact, answer me this:

What the hell does failure look like?