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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 11:49 am 
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BAGHDAD, March 17 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday said the United States has made a "successful endeavor" in Iraq on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.

"If you look back on those five years it has been a difficult, challenging but nonetheless successful endeavor ... and it has been well worth the effort," he said.

Nearly 4,000 U.S. troops have died since the beginning of the war.

About 90,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed over the past five years, according to Iraq body count, a Website that traces the Iraqi war casualties.

In addition, some 4 million Iraqis are still displaced, and the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a report on Monday that millions were still deprived of clean water and medical care.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008- ... 810162.htm

I guess everyone has a different definition of "success".

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Yes....absolute success for the generals of the New World Order.

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May the Sunnis and Shiites make Cheney eat his words:

Major Iraqi Blocs Boycott Reconciliation Gathering
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By Joshua Partlow and Naseer Nouri | Washington Post Foreign Service | Wednesday, March 19, 2008; Page A11

BAGHDAD, March 18 -- A conference intended to bring together Iraq's rival sectarian groups foundered Tuesday when the leading Sunni political bloc boycotted the event and reiterated its demands for greater participation in the Shiite-led government.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki opened the conference here in the Green Zone, the fortified seat of government and the U.S. diplomatic mission, by saying that reconciliation among rival factions is the "only rescue boat and the best solution to build a federal democratic Iraq."

"We seriously regret that some stand watching and others try to bring down the political process and obstruct the work of the government," said Maliki, who is Shiite. "At a time when their patriotic duty requires them to help and support the government."

National reconciliation here has always been primarily about bringing Shiites and Sunnis into closer political partnership, a chief reason the Bush administration increased U.S. troop levels last year. But the boycott of the Baghdad conference by the Iraqi Accordance Front, a Sunni political bloc, illustrated how divided the two groups remain.

The walkout came a day after Vice President Cheney, on a visit to Baghdad, said the improvement in Iraq's security and political situation was "phenomenal" and "remarkable." But Sunni leaders warned Tuesday that reconciliation remained elusive.

"We are used to the prime minister speaking in a beautiful way about reconciliation and brotherhood. That's all well, but on the ground there are a lot of obstacles he has put in the way of reconciliation," said Alaa Makki, a Sunni parliament member with the Iraqi Islamic Party, part of the Accordance Front.
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