After one of the deadliest weekends for US troops in Iraq, and another shattering day on Monday for Iraqi civilians, resistance to President Bush’s policies are hardening in Washington. Both Republican and Democrat senators, led by the latter’s John Warner, have introduced a non-binding resolution insisting that sending more troops to Iraq is a big mistake.
The resolution is another sign President Bush’s support in his own party is eroding, and Al-Qaeda’s deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, has wasted little time in twisting the knife. A video taunting the US has been released; that is not particularly new. What is, and is more worrying for America, is that the helicopter downed on Saturday killing a dozen on board, was shot down by a Stinger-type missile according to unnamed US officials quoted in the media.
If the weekend was bad for US forces, Monday was even worse for Iraqis; the deadliest day this year and the biggest loss of life since November, with nearly 90 dead and 160 injured in Baghdad.