Want Context and Perspective on Iraq? Ask a Marine In-Theater
Finally, what had circulated largely in e-mail form in relatively small (military) circles (to my knowledge) has now been published by The Washington Times as an OpEd. For the record, this 'OpEd' is the most efficiently informative article on the War in Iraq to date, bar none.
That this factual overview is relegated to and deemed at all an Editorial is nothing short of a shameful commentary in itself on rather large swaths of the dominant US media. There is more fact and less editorialization (subtle or otherwise) in this Marine's entire report than can be found in any 5-paragraph selection from, say, Edward Wong and his fellow travelers at the New York Times. Be sure to read it all (two pages).
Here's a taste of an un-filtered, un-edited Marine telling us like it is...and seemingly too difficult for the likes of most fo the US media to find and/or report:
When engaged, the enemy has a tendency to flee to the same building, probably for what they think will be a glorious last stand. Instead, we call in air and that's the end of that, more often than not.
These hole-ups are referred to as "Alpha Whiskey Romeos" ("Allah's Waiting Room"). We have the laser-guided ground-air thing down to a science. The fast movers, mostly Marine F-18s, are taking an ever-increasing toll on the enemy. When caught out in the open, the helicopter gunships and AC-130 Spectre gunships cut them to ribbons with cannon and rocket fire, especially at night. Interestingly, artillery is hardly used at all. Fun fact: The enemy death toll is supposedly between 45,000 and 50,000. That is why we're seeing fewer and fewer infantry attacks and more improvised-explosive devices, suicide bomber s***. The new strategy is simple: attrition.The insurgent tactic most frustrating is their use of civilian non-combatants as cover. They know we do all we can to avoid civilian casualties, so therefore schools, hospitals and especially mosques are locations where they meet, stage for attacks, cache weapons and ammo and flee to when engaged. They have absolutely no regard whatsoever for civilian casualties.