Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Now, its not about the fight, but about the money:
MOSUL, Iraq -- Abu Nawall, a captured al-Qaeda in Iraq leader, said he didn't join the Sunni insurgent group here to kill Americans or to form a Muslim caliphate. He signed up for the cash.

"I was out of work and needed the money," said Abu Nawall, the nom de guerre of an unemployed metal worker who was paid as much as $1,300 a month as an insurgent. He spoke in a phone interview from an Iraqi military base where he is being detained. "How else could I support my family?"

U.S. military commanders say that insurgents across the country are increasingly motivated more by money than ideology and that a growing number of insurgent cells, struggling to pay recruits, are turning to gangster-style racketeering operations.
With 10 days to go on the self imposed benchmark by the President, he still has his hands full. How can he turn over Iraqi security to the Iraqis if they are continuing to sell out.

We need a new leader who is serious about winning this war, and I don't think we can wait 14 month to get it. But at this rate, the stagnation will continue and we will have to redefine victory just to save face.

This mess continues to be mismanaged, and the few of us left supporting this war is becoming fewer yet.


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