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#1 I heard on some radio blab show that more US troops were killed in Iraq last month in traffic accidents than enemy "action".
I think the Iraqis, who are basically Babylonians and Assyrians, thought of AQ's tactics as cowardly and shameful. AQ over played their hand, the US military was smart enough to recognize it and play to that audience.
As a VN vet, I cogitate on what would have happened in VN had the US military been more intellectually agile. The VC were every bit as brutal in their tactics as AQ and many of the populace were weary of the carnage and the wanton violence.
I rejoice in the fact that we as a free society were able to recognize the truth of what was happening in Iraq and not fall prey to the crap journalism of the MSM who were playing the VN playbook. We knew we were doing the right thing and we knew we would win given time. The press finally gave up trying to tar us as thugs and criminals and just let the Iraq campaign fall of the front page, their story wasn't playing in Peoria or anywhere. Once it fell from the front page, the Donks quit pandering to the falsity and the military could be creative and use all the tools of counterinsurgency, including psyops, community action and small unit tactics/special action teams.
Posted by James Carville 2008-11-17 11:04||
#2 Bing West also said the war is over. His book "the strongest tribe" is a very good read as are all his books.
Posted by bman 2008-11-17 12:01||
#3 As the saying goes [X-FILES], I WANT TO BELIEVE!
Unfortunately, knowing my fellow Afghan War cohort Osama Bin Laden, etal. as I do [+ other] leads me to believe otherwise. CHECK ME AGAIN AFTER 2010 NLT 2012, ESPEC IFF IRAN FAILS TO CONDUCT A SUCCESSFUL INDIGENOUS NUKULAR BOMB TEST(S).
Posted by JosephMendiola 2008-11-17 21:06||