Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Good news/bad news

The Good News is that Tal Afar is a success story, but a rare one (Journal World and Washington Post, 3/28/2006).

The Bad News is that the site of this "textbook counterinsurgency campaign" was the target of a suicide bombing that killed 40 and wounded 20.

It's not hard to imagine that the city was chosen because it was singled out as a "good news" area. Given that reporters say that military and State Department officials aren't handing out tips on Good News because it exposes those sites to attacks, this is far from unlikely. And so we have to wonder whether those military and State Department officials warned the President of the dangers inherent in singling out that one city.