Thursday, January 31, 2013

There is Actually Proof That The Surge Didn't Work!

We are claiming "fair use" of excerpts of published findings as offered below because of willing ignorance of mainstream news media, Fox News, & NPR who just let Senator McCain define the conversation on the 2007 Surge in today's reports of Chuck Hagel's confirmation for the position of Secretary of Defense.  If people take the time to actually read this and look at the light patterns portrayed above, they should be convinced that what happened in Baghdad due to the Surge, was not the healing of a city, but an emptying out of many areas in it as families fled the deadly sectarian cleansing being enacted upon their loved ones.  Senator McCain's image is only propped up by too much BS from the news media which gets their money from the warmongering billionaires to whom he caters.

To Senator McCain:  Dude we get it.  Your wife is 14 years younger than you are, and has more money.  Selling out your nation to blood thirsty Oligarchs isn't going to fix that.  And Oh yeah, it is still selling out your fellow citizens.  End of story.  (BTW, you lost in 2008 for a reason and you showed people that reason today at the hearings.)

Summary of findings Agnew J, Gillespie T W, Gonzalez J, Min B, 2008, "Baghdad nights: evaluating the US military ‘surge’ using nighttime light signatures":
Far more than the surge, the battle for Baghdad has determined the political landscape of Iraq for the foreseeable future'' (Cockburn, 2008).
In classic Clausewitzian terms, the surge was an extension of politics by other means.
It was never primarily about reducing US military casualties but about abetting a
political process in which while the US handled `security' that would see an improve-
ment in the quality of everyday life the various groups would come to a political
reconciliation that would in turn make it easier for the US government to withdraw
its troops from Iraq.

Our findings suggest that in these terms the surge has had no observable effect,
except insofar as it has helped to provide a seal of approval for a process of ethno-
sectarian neighborhood homogenization that is now largely achieved but with a
tremendous decline in the extent of residential intermixing between groups and
a probable significant loss of population in some areas. That is the message we take
from the nighttime light data we have presented. Furthermore, the nighttime light
signature of Baghdad data when matched with ground data provided by the report to
the US Congress by Marine Corps General Jones and various other sources, makes it clear that the diminished level of violence in Iraq since the onset of the surge owes
much to a vicious process of interethnic cleansing. This might resume if US forces
withdraw. But as the case we have made strongly implies, the massive residential
segregation and population loss happened anyway even when US forces were present
in increased numbers. Perhaps they are not as central to events in Baghdad and Iraq
as US government and popular opinion seems to believe. They certainly have not been
over the past two years.

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