The Battle for Fallujah

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"About
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
show, and
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
is at
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
still
worth
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
mechanized
divisions
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
nuclear option.

Millions in America wait breathless, glued to the
latest updates on Fox an CNN, knowing a crucial battle is about to begin.
Thousands in
and around Fallujah
wait, full of dread, knowing that many of them are about to die.

article from the Washington Post

12 Comments

  1. Donald Larson

    November 7, 2004 @ 12:07 pm

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    In case you hadn’t noticed, America just gave the, “green light” to the President to deal with the enemy as he sees fit.

    You’re trying to bring up the same arguments we just resolved in the recent election. That won’t work.

    I await the American victory over the enemy. I won’t have to wait much longer…

    Don

  2. Ken Anderson

    November 7, 2004 @ 10:52 pm

    2

    > I await the American victory over the enemy. I won’t have
    > to wait much longer…

    That’s where you are fooling yourself Don. If we defeat this enemy, the Bush administration will just move on to the next enemy.

    Under this administration, War is Peace.

    Ken

    P.S. This past election resolved nothing.

  3. Zane

    November 7, 2004 @ 10:54 pm

    3

    Don,

    If I can ask, what are your terms for victory and timeframe?

    I ask because I think it is helpful to put out a measurable line and evaluate against that.

    Obviously, the “mission accomplished” scene is one example. Who expected 1000 american dead at this point? Do you expect 2000 american dead, 200,000 iraqi dead and democracy in 4 years? Would 4000 american dead, 400,000 iraqi dead and a simmering civil war be a failure?

    Best,
    Zane

  4. Cog

    November 8, 2004 @ 3:03 am

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    Speak to an Iraqi. Many of the kidnappings of foreigners for 15 minutes of airtime on Arab networks, kidnappings of Iraqis for profit, terror attacks on teachers, politicians and other Iraqi professionals, and car bomb and IED attacks are developed, refined and implemented out of Fallujah with financing from parts known and unknown.

    Right now Fallujah is a nexus of former Baathists, foreign fighters streaming into Fallujah from Syria, Iraqi insurgents and harcore Islamists. They recently boasted about having several blocks worth of parked cars that were rigged to be car bombs in case you missed that latest threat on the Arab networks.

    Also in case you missed it, Al Jazeera ran a virtual recruiting message for attacks on American and Iraqi forces over the weekend. To my surprise, they actually offered this in English and in Arabic, instead of just the usual fluff pieces that are only meant to be translated in English. They quoted 20 or so Iraqi scholars who adovcated attacks on Americans, backed it up with distorted religious validation, and issued a religious edict under pain of death barring cooperation with the American forces.

    I would like to say I am as much against war as everyone on this thread, but I do not think that is the case. I would be shocked if any of you actually admitted that war under any circumstances was not an answer to any threats. That is simply living in a fantasy world.

    Right now, the threats coming out of Fallujah are real. They are not make believe, not an attempt to get more oil, not an attempt to subjucate either a religion or a race. The actions intiated inside Fallujah are wrecking havoc with average Iraqi citizens. And I am not alone, with either Americans or Iraqis, who hope that Fallujah ceases to be an insurgent/terrorist/enemy center of operations.

    I would hope that during wartime any and all criticism would be both respectful and responsible, but that is not the case.

  5. Gatas Parlament

    November 8, 2004 @ 3:25 pm

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  6. Cog

    November 9, 2004 @ 2:37 am

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    What a ringing endorsement.

  7. Hans Millard

    July 31, 2005 @ 11:07 am

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    sehr gut Saite. Was machen Sie mein Freund?
    keep it up !

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    8

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    February 1, 2009 @ 6:13 am

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    I’d probably be more impressed if you happened to notice that the photo is of a Royal Army enlisted soldier. Not a GI or Marine!

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