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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Iraq and Afghanistan roundup

Hugh Hewitt interviews a Gitmo veteran on conditions at Guantanamo Bay:
Hugh: Tell us about the prisoners at Gitmo. Are these killers, or are they misunderstood religiously observant Muslims?

Pete: I tell you one thing, Hugh. I had a soldier in my platoon who spoke fluent Arabic, and so I'd go up in a tower and he'd interpret for me, and I am telling you, these guys are talking about, you know, how much they hate America and how much they would love to kill somebody if they could get their hands on them. These are not friendly guys, and given the opportunity, as I think someone put it, to spend the night at it with a few members of the editorial pages of the Star Tribune, I think that maybe they would take their statements back.
The editorial from the Star Tribune is discussed by Power Line here.

Austin Bay writes about his experiences in Baghdad, 10 months after leaving:
In February of this year, under the direction of an Iraqi colonel who is rapidly earning a reputation as Iraq's Rudy Giuliani, the battalion drove terrorists from this key Baghdad drag. Last year, Haifa Street was a combat zone where US and Iraqi security forces showed up in Robo-Cop garb -- helmets, armor, Bradleys, armored Humvees. Horst told me that he and his Iraqi counterpart now have tea in a sidewalk cafe along the once notorious boulevard. Of course, Abu Musab al Zarqawi's suicide bombers haunt this fragile calm.
The NY Times reports on infighting between insurgent groups:
Marines patrolling this desert region near the Syrian border have for months been seeing a strange new trend in the already complex Iraqi insurgency. Insurgents, they say, have been fighting each other in towns along the Euphrates from Husayba, on the border, to Qaim, farther west. The observations offer a new clue in the hidden world of the insurgency and suggest that there may have been, as American commanders suggest, a split between Islamic militants and local rebels.
Wretchard of The Belmont Club outlines Operation Dagger, a battalion-sized operation in western Iraq. He asks:
So where do are US forces getting the the manpower to up the pace of attack? Overall US force levels are being drawn down. America has lost 18,000 men in theater to troop reductions after the Iraqi elections. According to Global Security Org, the total number of US troops in theater is expected to fall from 153,000 to 135,000. One possible answer is that America is understating the number of men in theater by excluding the Special Forces from the count. But even if the entire 10th Special Forces group were included, it would add only about 3,000 men to the total. The increase in tempo cannot come from having more Americans.
Kofi Annan writes a ridiculous column in the Washington Post:
The Iraqi people continue to endure a painful and difficult transition, and they still have a long and tough road ahead. The United Nations is privileged and determined to walk it with them. In doing so, we serve not only the people of Iraq, but the peoples of all nations.
Yeah, right. Kofi could write press releases for the Labour Party!

Strategy Page has a running count of coalition casualties in Iraq: 12,349 Americans wounded-in-action (WIA) and 1,666 KIA from March 2003 to May 2005. 1,851 KIA including all coalition troops.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 6/22/2005 09:46:00 pm


Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I have a number of clients who in the last six months have started to travel regularly to Iraq on business. No they are not 'security consultants.' That tells me the real story, not the lazy meida story or the subversive lefties' story.

6/23/2005 06:24:00 am  

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