Saturday, September 03, 2005


Why they couldn't save New Orleans: They were busy destroying Tall Afar

Why did it take the Administration so long to commit military resources to the Gulf of Mexico? Maybe because they had another shindig planned for the Persian Gulf: A new Fallujah? In the largest urban assault since the siege of Fallujah last November, more than 5,000 US and Iraqi troops entered this northern city before dawn Friday. But the 45-minute firefight at day's end suggested that the insurgents who have controlled much of Tall Afar for almost a year would not relinquish it easily. ... As many as 75 percent of residents are Sunni Turkmen...The Turkmen's ethnic ties to neighboring Turkey have also complicated matters for US forces. During last year's invasion of Tall Afar, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul threatened to suspend cooperation with the United States on matters related to Iraq. And in a tacit admission that US forces committed a war crime by leveling Fallujah, Col. H.R. McMaster, commander of the 3rd Armored Cavalry, said Tall Afar's complex demographics would make it difficult to pacify...McMaster bristled at any comparison between Friday's operation and November's assault in Fallujah... "I don't want to kill this city, I want to bring it back to life," McMaster said. "We are taking steps to minimize destruction. I want to do it right." Well, Godspeed to you in that, Colonel. I am pretty sure that the guys who went into Fallujah had good intentions, too, and we saw how that came out. As for bringing anything back to life, well... Jesus used prayer and the laying on of hands. Guns are not the first choice of someone seeking resurrection. By the way, notice how this ties into the bungling treatment of Turkey by Angela Merkel described in my post of yesterday? If we were trying to create a regional conflagration, we could not succeed any better.
I understood from CNN that USS Comfort only left Baltimore today, also the DOD says it was slated to sail yesterday.

At any rate, it will take it 5 days to get to the area.

Why didn't it leave on Monday?
This goes beyond Bush playing into Al-Qaeda's hands. This is almost to the point where I'm starting to imagine that Bush really is The Manchurian Candidate. (But where is our Frank Sinatra -- or Denzel Washington -- to make him snap out of his trance?)
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