Good News For Fallujah

U.S. vows retaliation for contractor deaths in Iraq (HamptonRoads.com/Pilot Online) We’re going to hit them hard and deliberately. I suppose if we’re going to give Iraq an enima, Fallujah is the place to start. The military seems psyched and I’m ready for them to put the insurgents out of business. U.S. Marines manned roadblocks on the outskirts of Fallujah on Thursday, biding their...
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Troop Rotation

DefenseLINK News: Troop Rotation to Iraq Continues, Units Assuming Control Just some news about the rotation of troops into and out of Iraq that I thought would be interesting. The largest rotation of U.S. forces since World War II continues in Iraq, Defense Department officials said today. In all more than 250,000 U.S. service members are affected. Planning for the rotation began months ago. New units...
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The Fallujah And Ramadi Deaths

9 Killed in Separate Attacks in Iraq (washingtonpost.com) My history as an armchair general is pretty poor. I was one of those wringing my hands over the Afghanistan war before it turned into a rout of the Taliban. I was always in favor of it, I just questioned the strategy. A military guy set me straight. I am wondering if there’s a way in which the military could castrate the Fallujah and Ramadi...
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What A Great Post

Ali, from Iraq the Model, has an excellent post that’s must reading. It’s a before and after comparison of Iraq. A taste: Oh my god what a fool I was. Yes, I realized this just lately, although I had my doubts but I was blinded by some facts and now thanks to some good friends of the Iraqi people, I’ve opened my eyes to see the naked truth. For the 1st time I realize what a big lie I’ve...
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From The 25thID(L) Farewell Ceremony

Received without a link to the original. I’ll put pictures up as soon as I can get them to scale right: Deploying Soldiers Receive Farewell By Sgt. Bradley Rhen, Editor The green grass of Schofield Barracks’ Sills Field was temporarily replaced by the khaki of hundreds of Desert Camouflage Uniforms Friday during a deployment ceremony for Soldiers deploying to Iraq. Soldiers from the 2nd...
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The New Iraq Desperately Needs Federalism

Economist.com: The troublesome, vote-loving ayatollah: America is getting more international help in its quest to build a peaceful, democratic Iraq but, ironically, its plans are under threat because the spiritual leader of the country’s Shia majority, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, is demanding fully democratic elections. Iraq could do a lot worse — much worse — than modeling itself after...
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No Domino Effect, Yet

Economist.com | American diplomacy in the Middle East: Is a Pax Americana in the offing?: Despite the misery of Israel-Palestine and the bloody uncertainty in Iraq, there are hopeful signs across the wider region. As I’ve noted several times, we’ve placed a bet — in both blood and treasure — that freedom is a defense against terrorism. It seems to be paying off in the short...
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Oil And Its Externalities

Economist.com | The future of energy I’m all for pushing the cost of negative externalities — usually pollution, but not limited to that — onto the ones producing them. The issue is oil and the externalities are not limited to pollution: they call the war in Iraq and the OPEC cartel negative externalities of our oil use. The Economist supported the war in Iraq saying, among other...
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Why The $20 Billion Should Be A Grant

It’s late and I’m not up to a full thrashing-out of this issue, but just say I’m one of those who favors making the Iraqi rebuilding money a grant rather than a loan. Spoons has a good detailed post on the issue and makes a valid point: it is NOT treasonous to suggest that the money be in the form of a loan. I’m surprised that has to even be mentioned, but Spoons can take comfort...
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Planned Troop Reductions In Iraq

Reduction in U.S. Troops Eyed for ’04 (washingtonpost.com) I’m sure the troops will be pleased if this actually pans out. It will depend on our ability to get Iraqi security forces trained, I suppose. I do hope it works out. It will mean we have an end game after more than twelve years of engagement in Iraq. U.S. military commanders have developed a plan to steadily cut back troop levels...
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