Friday, December 03, 2004

The Fallujah report is coming in

Pejman refers this morning to the Max Boot article on Fallujah.
I haven't read it yet, but he seems to be impressed. I trust his judgement, so at this point I will simply blog his comment on the report and read the whole thing later.

Coalition troops killed 1,200 to 1,600 guerrillas and captured more than 1,000. They uncovered 26 bomb factories, 350 arms caches (containing thousands of weapons), several chemical weapons laboratories and eight houses where hostages were held and probably tortured and killed. And they accomplished all this with less than half the number of casualties suffered in Hue, Vietnam, in 1968, the last major urban assault mounted by the Marine Corps.
Link to Pejman.
Link to LA Times article.

Max Boot is Olin Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is also a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
Link to Max Boot bio.

Along the same line but different, my friend Bob notes a report from 2Slick which is similarly positive, but more general than the Boot report about Fallujah. As Bob says, "you only get this stuff on blogs."

We went to Iraq because our leaders sent us there. When we went out on our first humanitarian missions, we were simply doing as we were told. But as we got to know the people that we were ordered to help, something amazing happened. We actually wanted to help those people- it became our new motivation. What was once "let's go downtown and risk our lives in order to make America (and the world) a safer place" soon became "let's go out there and help these guys!" We liked them. And they liked us.

Link to 2Slicks forum.

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