Some Iraqi legislators declared the U.S.-led plan to secure Baghdad a failure after an unprecedented suicide bomb attack on parliament Thursday capped a violent week in the capital.
The explosion inside the heavily fortified Green Zone, home to the U.S. Embassy and Iraqi government buildings, killed at least eight people. Also Thursday, a suicide truck bomb collapsed a bridge across the Tigris River, further isolating mostly Sunni western Baghdad from the largely Shiite east.
"Someone can walk into our parliament building with bombs. What security do we have?" said Saleh al-Mutlaq, who heads the Sunni National Dialogue Front in the Iraqi parliament.
"The plan is 100% a failure. It's a complete flop," said Khalaf al-Ilyan, one of the three leaders of the Iraqi Accordance Front, which holds 44 seats in parliament. "The explosion means that instability and lack of security has reached the Green Zone."
Somebody go fetch John McCain! I want to hear what he has to say about this.
I love the argument that when we pull our troops out that Iraq will devolve into this horrible sectarian war. As if that is not what is happening right now.