June 15, 2006

IF ONLY THE SUNNI CELEBRATED TET (via Pepys):

Live Bait: Grunt with a Camera Eye (Max Borders, 15 Jun 2006, Tech Central Station)

Editor's note: J.D. Johannes is a former Marine Sergeant and embedded reporter who linked up with his old Marine Corps unit for syndicated TV news reports on the current conflict in Iraq. He sat with Max Borders for an interview about his experiences.

Borders: So based on your personal observations and the work you were doing there, what's one of the biggest stories the mainstream media has missed?

Johannes: The reality sunk in very quickly. As you watched on the news early on, all you saw was the bombing, shoot outs, and explosions. What you didn't see was the day in, day out boredom of the war.

Where I was -- with this group of marines in 2005 around the Fallujah AO -- we (the unit) would spend days and weeks trying to get into a shoot out -- attempting to get into a shoot out. I know that sounds absolutely insane, but that's the only way that you can engage the enemy. And when you have an enemy that you have to work so hard to bait out into the open, you're not dealing with a very strong enemy. You're dealing with a very annoying enemy. A very deadly enemy. But not a very strong enemy.


What makes the Democrats defeatism so peculiar is that there is no North Vietnam to take over for the defeated insurgents in this war nor does Ted Kennedy have the political power to back stab this ally when we withdraw.


Posted by Orrin Judd at June 15, 2006 8:25 PM
Comments

For the most part, the Left does not understand that Vietnam was a proxy war where the man behind the screen (the USSR) was deemed untouchable. And since they have always viewed it as a purely civil war, the aggression of the proxy (North Vietnam) simply does not compute in their heads.

Posted by: ghostcat at June 15, 2006 10:02 PM

You are most correct in naming the end in Vietnam.

Keep in mind that there is no draft now, and that changes everything.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 15, 2006 10:47 PM

That's assuming Iran doesn't try out for the role of N.V.

Posted by: ed at June 15, 2006 11:06 PM

Iran would not be deemed untouchable. (Now, if Russia were to insert a major presence into Iran, things might get dicey.)

Posted by: ghostcat at June 16, 2006 1:07 AM

The USSR was the phony wizard behind the screen, Russia doesn't even pretend to that exalted status. It makes absolutely no difference what Putin does or with whom he summits. The Chinese, being fast learners, have taken that lesson.

Posted by: erp at June 16, 2006 6:42 AM
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