Thursday, November 11, 2004

Veteran's Day Comment on Fallujah from an Active Soldier

On Veteran's Day, I could think of nothing more appropriate than to make my first post of the day one that calls attention to some speculation by an active member of the US Army. The blogger 2Slick, in a post titled I Can Finally Say It, theorizes that perhaps Fallujah may not have been an unforseen mess, after all:
For the past several months, the media spin machine has taken much pleasure in writing about how U.S. forces have 'allowed Fallujah to fall into the hands of the insurgents' and that Fallujah is a 'no-go zone' and that Fallujah is just 'one big black eye on the face of the Coalition effort.' It's very easy to spin it that way (which is why they do it), but allow me to offer a different perspective.

What if the Coalition planners decided to let them set up a 'safe' operations center that would, over time, develop such an appeal to all enemies of the coalition, that local insurgents and foreign extremists alike would come running from all parts of Iraq to 'consolidate and organize?' Sort of like grabbing a megaphone and shouting 'Attention all ye Ba'athists and Islamofascists!!! Safe area in Fallujah!!! Bring your friends!!! Anyone interested in killing children and/or driving car bombs welcome!!!!'

Now, instead of having them spread throughout the country, we have the bulk of them holed up in one 'popular' spot. Like a roach motel. Insurgents check in, but they don't check out. Doesn't sound like such a failure now, does it?
I have had similar thoughts myself, though I hope it isn't anachronistic wishful thinking on my part. Regardless, our forces are making progress in Fallujah and our soldiers and marines are following in the footsteps of those who went before them. May God bless America and our Veterans and may He especially bless our brave soldiers, sailors and marines, wherever they may be.

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