10,000 U.S. Marines and soldiers are massed on the outskirts of Fallujah
awaiting the go-ahead from Allawi for a ground assault
aimed at ridding
the city 35 miles west of Baghdad of Iraqi and foreign insurgents,
who are estimated to number at least a few thousand."
How is it possible that EVERYONE is buying into
the obvious illusion that it is really the Iraqi Interim Government
that is running this
that 10,000 of America’s top fighting men and women are waiting in disciplined,
ready-to-make-the-ultimate-sacrifice ranks for the "go-ahead" from some toady
Iraqi hack with no formal military training or experience, who lives in
fear of his own people and is continually surrounded by crack US special
forces "bodyguards" and advisors?
Is it not clear to everyone that this regime was installed
by, "governs" under the aegis of, and is banking on the continued support
of the US
to "win" the "elections" programmed for January? Prime Minister Ayad Allawi
the beck and call of every whim of every US official from Gen. Ricardo
Sanchez on up?
And most importantly, what happened to the repeated declaration by both
candidates in the recently concluded electoral farce in the US that "Under
my command, US forces will NEVER be ordered into battle by a foreign leader"?
Of course, they were referring to the the United Nations not one of our
own cleverly crafted hand puppets, but why isn’t the principle the same?
Meanwhile, the upcoming battle for Fallujah is shaping
up as the most intense in Bush’s war up to this point, with booby traps,
land mines, improvised
explosive devices, blind alley deathtraps, provocative incidents designed
to draw American troops into massacres, capture, death, mutilation and
public display of American boys and girls’ dead bodies, hidden urban ambushes, random
suicide bombers and sophisticated rocket attacks.
And that is just what THEY will be doing to US. In
return you can bet your bottom greenback (better do so quick while they’re
something) that the US forces will strike back with every diabolical high-tech
conventional weapon within the US arsenal, including aerial bombing, cluster
bombs, bunker-busing bombs, laser guided bombs, air to ground rockets,
fragmentation grenades, concussion grenades, tanks, armored personnel carriers,
and a few new toys so secret that if we knew their details we would be required
by the Homeland Security Act to kill ourself.
US Forces are currently softening up the battleground
by flattening much of the city, creating a nice drivable tarmac for our
and landing pads for our helicopters, while the media is softening up the
public by repeatedly reporting that "the majority of the civilian population
have fled the city". That still leaves upward of 100,000 women,
children and old people hunkered down in the ruins, making free military
movement and robust action problematic and collateral damage inevitable. How’s
that for a euphemistic appraisal. Undoubtedly, in some dim, electronics-encrusted
room in the bowels of the Pentagon, faceless men in suits and uniforms
are earnestly considering the
Millions in America wait breathless, glued to the
latest updates on Fox an CNN, knowing a crucial battle is about to begin.
and around Fallujah
wait, full of dread, knowing that many of them are about to die.
article from the Washington Post