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Back To The Sandbox

Things have been going so well in Iraq that, according to the BBC, the Iraqis have devised a Trenches plan to secure Baghdad. Cutting trenches around the 50 mile circumference of the city will certainly be an interesting civil engineering project for a country that still doesn’t have a reliable electricity supply, fresh water system, or sewer, although it might provide some help with the sewage problem.

No word on whether they are planning World War I trenches, the Medieval moat, or the fashional ha-ha when they talk about “trenches.”

Funneling the population of the city through 28 checkpoints should be an interesting study in urban gridlock.

I’m sorry but this whole concept reminds me of Bob the Builder and Tonka trucks, not serious attempts at solving problems…no, Bob is too good at building and fixing to be associated with these people, and Tonka trucks are better built than what Rummy has been shipping to Iraq.


1 jamsodonnell { 09.16.06 at 11:00 am }

Wow Bryan that sounds like hare and brained coming together! Am I being cynical or could a GOP president be looking to curry favour moneywise from the company that gets the contract? Seriously I doubt it would help much. I am sure the insurgents in Baghdad have enough of an arsenal to continue perpetrating their vile little acts for the foreseeable future

2 Bryan { 09.16.06 at 11:39 am }

At this point I doubt anyone wants a contract. As you say, the whole country is awash with the contents of Saddam’s weapons dumps, every house is permitted an AK-47 and a pistol, there are tons of high explosives gone missing because there were no troops available to guard them. It’s a mess.

It’s liking locking yourself inside the cage with the hungry tiger.

I’m sure they’ll be careful not to cut through the sewer, water, and gas lines as they dig these trenches, just like the public works people in the West. [/snark]

3 andante { 09.16.06 at 11:42 am }

I vote for the medieval moat – it will give future archaeologists something interesting to ponder.

I hope they are planning to build a nice big heliport on top the embassy.

4 Bryan { 09.16.06 at 7:04 pm }

I’ll second the heliport; it was a bit dicey getting people out of the Saigon embassy.

5 oldwhitelady { 09.17.06 at 12:18 am }

Actually, building a trench around Baghdad will keep many people busy, if they dig with shovels.

6 Bryan { 09.17.06 at 1:25 pm }

It’s the type of public works project that should have started almost immediately after the invasion to keep people busy and out of trouble.