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April 07, 2004

Two articles of interest over at Strategy Page

The first offers some analysis on the (my slant) hypocrisy of the Jihadists and offers some insight into the problems in the Sunni Triangle, some of which mirrors my thoughts in a post below on the subject. (By definition that makes their opinions expert!)

Both Falljah and Ramadi are in the Sunni Arab areas, where Saddam recruited his secret police, torturers and Republican Guard, and where many are concerned about war crimes trials by a vengeful Shia and Kurd government once the national elections are held. The coalition plan was to keep these areas as quiet as possible (via Iraqi police and negotiations with various religious and tribal leaders) until the Iraqi police and judiciary were strong enough to disarm the whatever anti-government groups. But the Baath Party had a plan for regaining power if the country were occupied, by using terror against other Iraqis, and raising a heavily armed Sunni militia to protect Sunni population centers. The Sunni gunmen in Fallujah could not restrain themselves, especially since the main road from Jordan to Baghdad, and all its truck traffic, runs right through Fallujah. Last weeks attack and mutilation of four American security supervisors, who protected trucks traffic going through Fallujah, created a media firestorm that forced a major military operation to diminish the gangs of Fallujah. That operation will kill dozens of Americans, and hundreds of Iraqis, and will weaken some of the armed Sunni Arab groups. Many Saddam era thugs will thus no longer be available for war crimes trials.

In this next little tidbit, they discuss the recruiting problem... y'know, the one which said everybody would quit because it was too hard and dangerous (jury is still out on the Reserves and Guard, but the Regulars are doing okay - and if the RC doesn't come back it isn't going to be because it was too dangerous or hard, but because they didn't want to be Regulars...) Like the Moonbat who told SWWBO that the returning vets were gonna come kick the Warbloggers asses, this bit of info has been the subject of underwhelming journalistic quality...

While the media has seized on the idea that the large number of troops being sent into combat zones, for long periods of time, would have an adverse impact on re-enlistments, few reporters apparently asked the troops point blank what their re-enlistment attitudes were. Instead, many reporters sought out troops, or family members, known to be unhappy and asked leading questions in order to obtain stories that fit with preconceived ideas, not what was actually going on.

The rest of the article is informative - and there is a problem retaining the Special Operators, not because they don't like the work, but because firms like Blackwater Security will triple their salary for the same work, that is *generally* safer.