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 areas. I’m not so concerned with the innocents in the area, given today’s incidents. The perpetrators were apparently taking a lesson from Somalia, thinking we will turn-tail and run. Not a chance, regardless of the election. The die has been caste.

The added insult in all of this is that the contractors that were killed were protecting food shipments for the people of Fallujah.

Four American civilian contractors were killed in the Iraqi city of Fallujah Wednesday in an attack that left their vehicles in flames, and afterward at least three of the burned bodies were mutilated, dragged through the streets and suspended from a bridge while a group of Iraqis danced in the streets. Separately, in nearby Ramadi, five U.S. soldiers died after their armored vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

Fallujah residents interviewed said the incident involving the contractors was the most savage behavior they had seen in the city since the U.S. occupation began.

The White House on Wednesday blamed terrorists and remnants of Saddam Hussein’s former regime for the attack. White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters, “There are some that are doing everything they can to try to prevent” a June 30 transfer of sovereignty to an Iraqi government.

The four contractors were U.S. citizens, the State Department said. Early evidence indicated they were employed by Blackwater Security Consulting of Moyock, N.C., a company that hires former military special forces and law enforcement personnel from the United States and other countries to provide security services and training, the company said in a statement.

The company said it was hired by the U.S. government to provide security for convoys delivering food in the Fallujah area.

The names of the victims were not immediately released pending notification of next of kin, U.S. officials said.

For more see Wizbang, Silent Running, Michele (here and here), Jeff (I agree our response should be swift and brutal), Kris and finally The Command Post.

UPDATE: Speed of Thought has a good post on the issue. Also of note: he’s a Mac user (me too, though PCs pay the bills) and is using his Mac homepage and iBlog as his tool of choice. Interesting. I’ve grown so accustomed to advanced blogging features with MT I doubt I could make the leap.

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