Grim Reminder In Iraq

U.S. soldiers stand at the scene of a suicide bombing at a popular pet market in central Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Feb. 1, 2008. A female suicide bomber blew herself up at the market, killing at least 43 people and wounding 78, police said, the deadliest bombing to strike the capital since 30,000 more American forces flooded into central Iraq last spring. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed) AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith. We woke up this morning to find two suicide bombers in Baghdad managed to kill more than 60 people. They attacked the popular pet markets. It's the most lethal attack in months, and it's a reminder that -- while the surge has made certain areas in Iraq safer -- Iraq is still a very dangerous place.

Just Monday, five U.S. soldiers were killed in an attack near Mosul. Yes, even as troop numbers were beginning to be drawn down, American military commanders in Iraq warned this week that perhaps the troop withdrawal should be frozen this summer to determine the effect.

The war, long dominant as the issue of most importance to voters, has been supplanted by the economy. But the war and its effects are far reaching.

A new report Thursday told us that the military and National Guard are not ready for a catastrophic attack on America; not ready at home because they're stretched too thin in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Harry's daily commentary can be heard on many CBS Radio News affiliates across the country.
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