Saturday, May 29

New York Daily News - Ideas & Opinions - Richard Cohen: W's blind to the Iraqi reality show: "On a recent Sunday, four men, stripped to their underpants, were paraded through a city on the back of a pickup truck. They were escorted by scores of masked men shouting 'Allahu Akbar' ('God Is Great'), and their backs were bleeding from the 80 lashes each had received for selling alcohol.
Where did this happen? Fallujah, the Iraqi city described by President Bush in the most serene terms in his address at the Army War College the other night. He mentioned the city when he said military commanders had exercised commendable restraint in not leveling the place after American contractors were killed and hung from a bridge.
'We're making security a shared responsibility in Fallujah,' the President told the nation. 'Coalition commanders have worked with local leaders to create an all-Iraqi security force, which is now patrolling the city.'"

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