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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Hello, Goodbye




There's danger if I dare to stop and here's a reason why:
I'm over-due, I'm in a rabbit stew.

Can't even say good-bye,

hello, I'm late, I'm late, I'm late
--I'm Late, Alice in Wonderland (1951)

You say yes, I say no,
you say stop, and I say go, go, go

Oh no - you say goodbye, and I say hello
--Hello, Goodbye, The Beatles


The administration's lackeys are fond of beating the drum that explosives from Iran are responsible for U.S. deaths in Iraq. This may be true, but the Boston Globe reported Government Accounting Office (GAO) findings that half of all American troop deaths in Iraq have been caused by explosives plundered from Saddam Hussein's depots, which were filled with hundreds of thousands of tons of shells, grenades and other explosives which went unguarded for months following U.S. takeover of Iraq.

The report also said the original US war plan designated the defeated Iraqi Army to secure the weapons depots. But in a classic Catch-22, that strategy fell apart when the Bush administration unexpectedly decided to disband the Iraqi military. The demands of policing sectarian violence continue to prohibit the U.S. or Iraqi forces from gaining control over the supply of weapons ''any time soon.''

Pentagon officials told GAO investigators that even performing a "theater-wide" risk assessment of conventional munitions supplies "is not feasible without significantly degrading ongoing efforts in Iraq or the region.''
The report surmises, "the looted munitions will likely continue to support terrorist attacks throughout the region." Like the White Rabbit, we are behind before we even start.

Keep in mind that the GAO is not a quisling outlet, but actually part of the wonderful government funded by your tax dollars. This is a historical report, but the soldiers who caught the flak are still dead or maimed.

4 Comments:

Blogger Lurch said...

It's my perception that in all insurgency warfare and resistance combat against an occupation authority, the roles are cast in the cement of reality. The nature of guerrilla warfare will always give the guerrilla the initiative, and force the occupier to react, often with far more force than is wise.

Occupying governments and military can't seem to understand that the real target is the roots of resistance rather than the resisters themselves. Addressing political and economic instabilities are not as sexy as zooming jet fighters and big, macho tanks.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 10:34:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Lurch,

That was my understanding, that is, the only way to uproot resistance is to address the issues against which they are resisting.

As you suggest, that is long-haul, and does not offer the easy sound byte or video clip. It takes time, and requires some compassion and understanding.

Jim will comment later,

Lisa

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at 11:03:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Lurch,

Yes, and in this case it's an urban guerrilla with popular support of the indigenous population.

Our RVN experience was largely guerrillas in the countryside. The cities were mainly used for recruitment, finance, intel, etc., and also served as safe haven. Not so in Iraq and Afghanistan.

My experience with terrorism is with Terrorism counteraction (TC/A), which was proactive in nature and was/is/should be the focus when dealing with installation(s) security in a terrorist environment.

As you suggest, now it's become sexed up into anti- and counter-terrorism. I have come up against supposed experts who even deny that terrorism counteraction existed.

The ball-busters have assumed control and this is imposed upon the mission, which becomes whatever we want it to be. Obviously, the Commander's definition is the accepted tactic. Then we throw UW/GW and mix it up and call it terrorism, and things get uncontrollable.

Violence is not the solution, but it feels so good.--Jim

Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 10:57:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lurch said...

That violence might feel better if we weren't getting our cojones kicked daily by a ragtag bunch of resisters, eh?

It hurts to lose.

Again.

In a war started with lies.

Again.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 11:23:00 AM GMT-5  

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