It’s hard to find things to laugh about with the Iraq war, but this article that appeared in the Wall Street Journal the other day managed to do so: These U.S. Raids In Iraq Look Real, But They Aren’t.
It seems that we’re so badly losing the “hearts and minds” battle that even those who want to accept US reconstruction aid can no longer do so openly. So in order to inspect ongoing aid projects, some US troops have hit upon a clever idea: Stage a raid of the facility in question, rounding up the employees and going through the place ostensibly looking for things like insurgent weapons caches.
In another case mentioned in the article, they arrested an Iraqi man working as a translator and jailed him for several days — because he’d been receiving death threats from the insurgency.
“A lot of people there now think he’s a bad guy,” Capt. Cederman says. “It bought him a lot of street cred.”
There’s a single word that describes the current US effort in Iraq: doomed. Stories like this make that more obvious than ever.