Today was the bloodiest day yet for U.S. troops in Iraq, with 37 fatalities (Reuters news). The majority of those died together in a helicopter crash. The others were killed in attacks by insurgents.
The violence is, of course, part of the lead-in to the Iraqi election on which W hopes to make his mark on history. A group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, warned voters to stay away from the "infidel election centers" or "face the consequences." Consequences like those that our troops faced today.
Yes, in that last paragraph you did see that al Qaeda is operating in Iraq. Yep, it seems that Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the center of activity for this organization. They like operating in an atmosphere of un-governable anarchy, and that's what we have created.
According to one senior intelligence official, "The sad thing is we have created what the administration claimed we were intervening to prevent -- an Iraq-Al Qaeda linkage." Success!!!
In other news, Condi Rice has a new job. Congratulations, Condi!