This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. - Cindy Sheehan

There are things worth fighting for. And there are even some worth dying for. But Iraq is not one of them. - James Moore

      
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Thursday, August 18, 2005

To everything, spin, spin, spin, there is a season...

From Informed Comment

'The thing I take away from today's NYT article on the US military rebuilding of the police force in Mosul is that if the US leaves next year, I wouldn't want to have to call 911 in Mosul. The last police force the US stood up in Mosul, all 4000 of them, resigned en masse last November to protest the US assault on Fallujah, after which the city (which had been relatively calm) fell into a chaos typical of the Sunni Arab regions. It is now better, and a new police force is being trained. But the comments of the Iraqi army (mostly Shiites and Kurds) in Mosul that they don't trust the Sunni Jubur tribal elements in the Mosul police suggests a harrowing possible scenario-- civil war between the army and police in the city on ethnic grounds. I suspect the US military invited the NYT to town to show off the new police, but the resulting article did not reassure me, at least.'

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