This odd couple just visited Baghdad and proclaimed that Iraqi insurgency has failed. They also praised each other to prepare for 2008 presidential election.
While they are making their optimistic talks in the Green Zone, one mile away at Haifa Street, battles are raging between American forces and Iraqi rebels. Sounds of gunfire and explosions can be heard from inside the Green Zone. The next day, an Iraqi “elite” commando forces was car-bombed right out of the gate of Green Zone.
Didn’t we see this movie before? Yeah. It is the former Iraqi Information Minster. There is even a web site created for this Iraqi clown for some good laughs:
Now America is developing a mirror version of the former Iraqi Information Minster. What goes around, comes around.
These two want to be our President and Vice President? Give me a break! By the time of the next election, Americans are most likely kicked out of Iraq, and the political climate will have gone through sea change.
Here is a news story I dug up (no U. S. media carry this story):
Michael Georgy – Reuters 22 Feb 2005 11:48:10 GMT
BAGHDAD, Feb 22 Nearly two years after U.S. forces stormed Baghdad, insurgents are firmly dug in along one of the capital’s main streets, just 1,500 metres from American military headquarters.
A once vibrant area, Haifa Street is now an eerie no-go zone where a few nervous motorists speed past insurgents, only too aware that favourite attack methods include roadside bombs. American snipers are positioned on rooftops.
University professors who once frequented nearby cafes sit in apartment buildings scarred by shells and bullets, bracing for the next round of fighting.
The U.S.-backed Iraqi government is struggling to end an insurgency of suicide bombings and kidnappings that shows few signs of easing after landmark Jan. 30
“I am scared when Americans and Iraqi National Guards raid Haifa Street because once they attack they start to fire randomly,” said Al Hassan Mohsen, 24, a student.
“Haifa was one of the best areas of Baghdad. Now it is one of the worst. When we have exams we sleep with relatives outside Haifa Street in case we get trapped by fighting. In the old days under Saddam I used to go out at three in the morning.”
Taking control of Haifa Street would be an important psychological victory because Iraq’s fledgling security forces could show they asserted themselves in the capital.
But insurgents remain defiant despite pounding of their positions by U.S. forces in tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles.
Graffiti vowing “Death to the Americans and their spies” and “death to the National Guards” is spread along the walls of buildings on the street, which runs along the west bank of the Tigris river.
Just two months ago, a group of election workers travelling along Haifa Street was pulled over, forced out of their car at gunpoint, made to kneel in the street and shot in the head by insurgents as alarmed drivers looked on.
Many residents of Haifa Street said they were too scared to vote in the elections.
Guerrillas who have attacked and destroyed U.S. armoured vehicles have left flags from followers of the al Qaeda leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, hanging on the burning vehicles.
During Saddam’s time, Yemeni, Palestinian, Jordanian and Syrian university students rented flats along Haifa Street, lined by four-story German-, Dutch- and Korean-built apartment blocks built by Saddam in the early 1980s.
These days it is home to Arab fighters loyal to Zarqawi and other Muslim militants from a variety of groups seeking to drive out American troops and topple the government.
“Haifa Street now witnesses raids, clashes and shooting. We are scared and we fear a lot for our sons and husbands when they go to work or university,” said Mona Saleh, a housewife.
“Now after five o’clock you would not find anyone out because they fear American snipers on high buildings.”