Abizaid: Increased Violence After June 30

General Abizaid now says that he expects more violence after the June 30th transition of power to the Iraqi interim government:

“So moving through the election period will be violent and it could very well be more violent than we’re seeing today. So it’s possible that we might need more forces,”

Give me a break, he doesn’t even bother to come up with a reason for the increase of violence, he just says it’s going to happen and we should deploy more troops because of this speculation. Well I hate to be the one to say it, General, but the reason there’s going to be more violence is painfully clear: Iraqis are going to see more troops roaming around after June 30th than before, and the first thing that’s going to cross their minds is that we aren’t being forthright about our intentions to vacate the country anytime soon.

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