It is not only our poor soldiers in the US military stuck in Baghdad who are in more dangerous positions as a result of the "surge". Drawing troops from the other parts of Iraq to provide more troops for Baghdad has made the non-Baghdad parts of Iraq more insecure also, as there aren't enough troops to even protect themselves.
To "surge" into Baghdad W took troops out of other Iraq areas. W has allowed our troops in the remainder of the country become defenseless-therefore vulnerable to attack. The reduced troop levels outside Baghdad are more in danger-remember McCain's "whack-a-mole" theory of "Operation Iraqi Freedom". This described how the insurgents and terrorists would scurry for cover when one battlefront was made secure by the US, only to later emerge in a different part of Iraq. Wherever they have the best chance to kill and capture our boys and girls is where they will be.
How exposed are the troops outside of Baghdad? The article "4,000 U.S. troops search for 3 missing soldiers" at
describes it as "On Friday, Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, who commands American troops north of Baghdad, said he did not have enough troops to fight the insurgency in Diyala province,
which has become one of the most violent areas and among the deadliest for American forces.
Who did it? "The Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella insurgent group that includes al-Qaida in Mesopotamia, said it had captured the three missing Americans and claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed four other American soldiers and an Iraqi army soldier. The group offered no proof for its claims....
If history is any measure, the chances of the Americans surviving capture would be slim. The organization has claimed responsibility for many killings of prisoners."
It seems like they want revenge and for these dangerous people in a dangerous part of the world, considerations of trying prisoners humanely don't exist.
The article "Iraqi insurgents warn: Stop search for U.S. troops" at
states "Your soldiers are in our hands. If you want their safety, do not look for them," the Islamic State of Iraq said on a militant Web site.
"You should remember what you have done to our sister Abeer in the same area," the statement said, referring to five American soldiers who were charged in the rape and killing of 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi and the killings of her parents and her younger sister last year. Three soldiers have pleaded guilty in the case - one of the most shocking atrocities committed by U.S. troops in the Iraq war."
Our troops could be posed in sexual positions, or forced to undergo water-boarding like the detainees at Abu Ghraib, and the US couldn't say a blessed thing because we've done the same! W has abandoned the moral higher ground that has always been synonymous to the US.
I wonder if W will flinch if some atrocity is perpetrated upon these three missing Americans. Maybe he'll say "bring 'em on" in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner.
The Islamic State of Iraq captured this group of three of our boys and girls in the US military, and will be ultimately responsible for any torture they commit against our defenseless youth, but they aren't the only people culpable. We had no reason invading Iraq in W's preemptive war. Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, labeled our preemptive war against Iraq as not being in conformity with the UN charter-therefore "from the charter point of view, it was illegal."Consequentially W is also culpable for any injury that are inflicted upon our soldiers. We wouldn't be there if it wasn't for him and the new product, the Iraq War, that W's Chief of Staff, Andrew Card, openly announced that the GOP wanted to roll-out in the timeline best suited for the GOP to maximize political gain in the 2002 mid-term election.