NBC covered President George Bush from the Pentagon. The Commander-in-Chief acknowledged that his policy of reinforcing the US troop presence in Baghdad--the so-called surge--had caused "one of the highest numbers of US casualties," according to NBC's Jim Miklaszewski. "We can expect that pattern to continue," Bush warned. All this even though the Shiite militias have decided to lie low for the time being. Inside-the-Beltway military analyst Michael O'Hanlon warned Miklaszewski that if the Mahdi Army decides to rejoin the fight, "we are in big trouble."
In Baghdad itself, ABC's Hilary Brown (subscription required) told us that entire Sunni neighborhoods are being surrounded by 12-foot-high US-built concrete walls. Borrowing a phrase from the American suburbs, the military euphemism for Adhaminyah is a "gated community." Brown called it "further dividing the city along sectarian faultlines" turning Adhamiyah into "virtually a no-go area."
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