September 26, 2004

WHEREVER TWO ARE GATHERED, WE'LL BE THERE:

U.S. Bombings Kill 100 Guerrilla Suspects in Fallujah, Military Says (Jim Krane, 9/26/04, Associated Press)

A month of U.S. airstrikes on rebel-held Fallujah has killed more than 100 suspected insurgents, taking a heavy toll on the terror network of Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, senior U.S. military officials said on Sunday.

The strikes have stopped attacks elsewhere in Iraq while setting off deadly feuds among insurgent groups holed up in the city west of Baghdad, said Air Force Brig. Gen. Erv Lessel, deputy operations director for U.S.-led forces here.

"We're confident that, through these airstrikes, we have been able to thwart many large-scale attacks and suicide bombings that were in the planning process," Lessel said in a briefing with reporters. "We've gotten some of his associates and emerging leadership in his organization."


How can you hope to win a war where anytime and anywhere you cluster we bomb?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2004 8:05 PM
Comments

Although this seems like a good approach, and no doubt the US have killed many terrorists, I'm very skeptical of enemy casualty numbers assessed by the American military.

The first-guess numbers the Pentagon put out in Desert Storm and Kosovo were later revised downward by up to 50%, especially in the numbers of tanks "killed".

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at September 27, 2004 12:35 AM

You win by somehow surviving until we lose focus and stop bombing. Then, like bacteria in a person who stops taking their antibiotics too soon, you're stronger since only your best have survived. And you learn that hitting us head on is futile, but strikes overseas don't concern us, so you can pretty much do what you want, as long as you stay out of US territory.

Posted by: brian at September 27, 2004 4:54 AM

"Somehow" covers a lot of ground, Brian. I'm sure they're trying to come up with that "somehow" while we're killing them...

Posted by: Ptah at September 27, 2004 10:02 AM

I'm sure the body counts today are every bit as reliable as the body counts back in 1968.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 28, 2004 12:47 AM

Not as accurate as Samarkand?

Posted by: oj at September 28, 2004 7:28 AM

At least at Samarkand, all the bodies were the kinds of bodies the killer said they were.

Doubtfully the case in Iraq.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 29, 2004 5:51 PM
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