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2006-03-03 Iraq
U.S. Intel: Qaeda Plotting 'Big Bang'
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Posted by lotp 2006-03-03 12:13|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [445 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Somebody cover Sistani like fleas on a dog...
Posted by Ptah">Ptah  2006-03-03 14:47||]">[]  2006-03-03 14:47|| Front Page Top

#2 Does this follow the "Iraq is having a civil war" story?

Keep in mind, terrorists are so not only for what they do, but how they terrorize innocent people when they say they are going to do something.

And, C(the)BS is right on the story, acting as Zarq's PR agency.
Posted by Captain America 2006-03-03 15:07||   2006-03-03 15:07|| Front Page Top

#3 We really, really need to link Zarqawi to the Iranians more substantially. Driving a wedge between Qom and Baghdad is the best thing we can possibly do right now. Isolating Iran by dint of its incessant sponsorship of international terrorism is a critical prelude to bombing the living crap out of them.
Posted by Zenster 2006-03-03 15:17||   2006-03-03 15:17|| Front Page Top

#4 Question for Bush Backers on Iraq insurgency:

If insurgents can push Iraq to the brink of civil war while the U.S. military coalition is in the the country, what do you think will happen once they leave?

Posted by Just Curious 2006-03-03 16:04||   2006-03-03 16:04|| Front Page Top

#5 Depends on when we leave.
Posted by lotp 2006-03-03 16:10||   2006-03-03 16:10|| Front Page Top

#6 Prez Bush has stated in so many words that the U.S. coalition "will stand down as the Iraqi military and security forces stand up"..

I take that to mean that U.S. coalition will leave when Iraq can defend itself against attacks against it's new democratic government.

What is troubling in that strategy is that the U.S. military coalition is currently in Iraq
and a civil war nearly broke out. Do you truly believe that once the U.S. leaves a civil war WONT break out?
Posted by Just Curious 2006-03-03 16:21||   2006-03-03 16:21|| Front Page Top

#7 Depends Just Curious/Left Angle/etc. etc.. Depends on a number of factors, including choices the various Iraqis make.
Posted by lotp 2006-03-03 16:27||   2006-03-03 16:27|| Front Page Top

#8 Depends on who wins in 2008.
Posted by Rafael 2006-03-03 16:35||   2006-03-03 16:35|| Front Page Top

#9 So ltop, youre taking a wait and see position on the question. I can respect that.

IMHO, if the insurgency can cause a civil war to nearly break out while the U.S. military coalition is Iraq currently, civil war is inevitable when the U.S. coalition leaves.
Posted by Just Curious 2006-03-03 16:41||   2006-03-03 16:41|| Front Page Top

#10 i dont consider myself a bush backer.

While im more pessimistic than i was a couple of weeks ago, i dont see a collapse of order as inevitable. The Iraqi army seems to have performed well in this crisis. The Iraqi interior ministry and police forces have been more mixed. Much depends on who the next Iraqi Interior Minister will be. Much depends on how SCIRI reacts to Sadrs new assertiveness. Much depends on whether the Sunnis are scared enough to compromise.

Posted by liberalhawk 2006-03-03 16:55||   2006-03-03 16:55|| Front Page Top

#11 Expect it to get worse in the short run. The Iranians and Al Qaeda each have their own reasons to try a huge push to destabilize things thoroughly.
Posted by lotp 2006-03-03 17:07||   2006-03-03 17:07|| Front Page Top

#12 Al Q is always plotting a big bang.

24 - 7

So why is this news>
Posted by mhw 2006-03-03 17:10||   2006-03-03 17:10|| Front Page Top

#13 Expect massive car bombs in multiple cities at once, aimed in part at a wide variety of Iraqi officials. Not the model at this very moment.
Posted by lotp 2006-03-03 17:23||   2006-03-03 17:23|| Front Page Top

#14 sure. CBS News has a direct pipeline to disaffected Clinton leftovers trying to set up an "I told you so" top Bush Security officials. That's who they turn to first, via Lucy Ramirez, Texas Correspondant.
Posted by Frank G">Frank G  2006-03-03 18:02||   2006-03-03 18:02|| Front Page Top

#15 Sounds like scuttlebut from the Greenzone Lounge.
Posted by DepotGuy 2006-03-03 18:05||   2006-03-03 18:05|| Front Page Top

#16 Just Curious: It depends on where we go when we leave.
Posted by Captain America 2006-03-03 21:06||   2006-03-03 21:06|| Front Page Top

#17 I can't resist...

IF they create a big bang - who will be god in the created universe? Binny?
Posted by 3dc 2006-03-03 22:41||   2006-03-03 22:41|| Front Page Top

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