The present-day U.S. military qualifies by any measure as highly professional, much more so than its Cold War predecessor. Yet the purpose of today’s professionals is not to preserve peace but to fight unending wars in distant places. Intoxicated by a post-Cold War belief in its own omnipotence, the United States allowed itself to be drawn into a long series of armed conflicts, almost all of them yielding unintended consequences and imposing greater than anticipated costs. Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. forces have destroyed many targets and killed many people. Only rarely, however, have they succeeded in accomplishing their assigned political purposes. . . . [F]rom our present vantage point, it becomes apparent that the “Revolution of ‘89” did not initiate a new era of history. At most, the events of that year fostered various unhelpful illusions that impeded our capacity to recognize and respond to the forces of change that actually matter.

Andrew Bacevich

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Security Incidents for 09/27/07

Photo: An Iraqi woman packs up her personal belongings after her home was destroyed in the Baiyaa neighborhood in southwestern Baghdad, Iraq on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007. Six civilians were killed on Wednesday evening and 28 were wounded when a pair of car bombs exploded in an outdoor market in Baiyaa, police said. A wave of bombings and shootings has swept Iraq, killing at least 50 people and raising fears that al-Qaida had launched a promised new offensive. The U.S. military acknowledged that violence was on the upswing and blamed it on the terror movement. (AP Photo/ Hadi Mizban)

Yesterday: Fifty-nine people killed in Iraq bombings and more than 120 injured.

Yesterday: 50 casualties as truck bomb explodes in Mosul

Yesterday: Ten casualties as charge explodes near mosque in Basra

Yesterday: Baghdad double explosion casualties rise to 60

Security Incidents for September 27, 2007

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces detained 21 suspected insurgents during operations on Wednesday and Thursday targeting al Qaeda members in Samarra, Baiji and Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces killed one insurgent and detained two suspected members of Iran-backed Special Groups during an operation in northern Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD - Seven bodies were found in different parts of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

Baghdad - 10 killed and injured in two car bomb explosions in Baghdad

Baghdad - Around 11 a.m., a roadside bomb exploded at Sinaa street near Technology University (east Baghdad) killing one woman.

Baghdad - Around 12 p.m., a car bomb exploded at New Baghdad (east Baghdad) killing 2 people and injuring 4 others.

NASSIRIYA - A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed two policemen and wounded three near Nassiriya, 375 miles (235 km) southeast of Baghdad, a hospital source said.

HAWIJA - A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed a police officer and wounded three on Wednesday in the town of Hawija, 70 km (40 miles) southwest of Baghdad, police said.

RIYADH - Gunmen killed two brothers in a drive-by shooting near the town of Riyadh, 60 km (40 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

KIRKUK - Gunmen killed an off-duty soldier in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday in the city of Kirkuk, police said.

Kirkuk - 17 suspected gunmen arrested near Kirkuk

Kirkuk - Three casualties in Kirkuk attacks

Kirkuk - Police patrol attacked near Kirkuk

Diala - 75 al-Qaeda fighters killed, 40 arrested in Diala

Diala - Five wanted men arrested, captive released in Diala

Mosul - Gunman kills policeman in central Mosul

Ninewa - 52 suspected gunmen arrested in Ninewa

Muqdadiya - 15 al-Qaeda militants killed, 10 arrested in Muqdadiya

Arbil - Iran shells border areas in Arbil

Diwaniya - MNF's Echo base rocketed in Diwaniya

Fallujah - Police forces kill two gunmen in Falluja

Basra – At least five killed and eight injured in bomb blast in southern Basra.