A lot has happened while I've been gone. The myth of the surge has grown in popularity once again.
The surge should never have been necessary because we should never have invaded Iraq for dubious reasons. The surge never worked because it never met it's goals. The violence has lessened because of paying the Sunnis, Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr had his army stand down, ethnic cleansing and refugees, both external and internal.
Here are several links explaining this...
Saudis reportedly funding Iraqi Sunni insurgents
Updated 12/8/2006 7:29 AM ETCAIRO (AP)
— Private Saudi citizens are giving millions of dollars to Sunni insurgents in Iraq and much of the money is used to buy weapons, including shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles, according to key Iraqi officials and others familiar with the flow of cash.
Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?
by SEYMOUR M. HERSH
A STRATEGIC SHIFTIn the past few months, as the situation in Iraq has deteriorated, the Bush Administration, in both its public diplomacy and its covert operations, has significantly shifted its Middle East strategy. The “redirection,” as some inside the White House have called the new strategy, has brought the United States closer to an open confrontation with Iran and, in parts of the region, propelled it into a widening sectarian conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.
Hersh: U.S. Funds Being Secretly Funneled To Violent Al Qaeda-Linked Groups
New Yorker columnist Sy Hersh says the “single most explosive” element of his latest article involves an effort by the Bush administration to stem the growth of Shiite influence in the Middle East (specifically the Iranian government and Hezbollah in Lebanon) by funding violent Sunni groups.
contradicting administration propaganda on Iraq
Bush speech on continuing surge with observations
Red Cross finds Bush administration guilty of war crimes
U.S. Military Says Soldiers Fired on Civilians
Iraq Bombings Kill Scores, Wound Hundreds in Baghdad, Kirkuk
The BBC Iraq page...