CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Another tidbit . . .

Friday, November 12, 2004

Another tidbit . . . - U.S. & World - U.S. Won't Let Men Flee Fallujah: "Most of the remaining attacks by insurgents inside Fallujah have been on Marines blocking the roads and bridges leaving the city, reports show. Marines have returned fire killing numerous insurgents trying to escape, officers here said." [Note: I know what you're thinking: "Chester, how can you be blogging on a Friday night? What is Mrs. Chester doing?" Mrs. Chester is at work. Blogging it is for a bit more, then I'm signing off.] UPDATE: One more tidbit. a good one, same article: "Once the battle ends, military officials say all surviving military-age men can expect to be tested for explosive residue, catalogued, checked against insurgent databases and interrogated about ties with the guerrillas. U.S. and Iraqi troops are in the midst of searching homes, and plan to check every house in the city for weapons." I hereby admit I was incorrect in my assertion that not every house would be checked. Looks like they will. I just don't like the phrase "house-to-house" because it can mean different things, and when I hear Chris Matthews saying it, I know it is a cliche.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please everyone read this post by a sixteen-year-old girl caught up in the middle of the fighting in Mosul. This is not tendentious journalism from "insurgents" just a look from inside one of the houses are troops are passing by.

Don't get me wrong--I am strongly pro-war. Mudville links to her blog. Be forewarned: she is not particularly "grateful" for what American soldiers are doing. But I predict that when you read her post, you won't care much. Many of the American soldiers know her and link to her, regardless of her (youthful) politics.

November 12, 2004 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Anne Garrels of NPR is reporting that the Marines discovered that when they played "From the Halls of Montezuma" it enraged the enemy and got them to "come out and play." So now they are making it a practice!


November 12, 2004 at 8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long will the explosive residue stay on a person and can it be washed of with soap and water.I understand that soap is a hard item to come by in an area infested with filthy terrorist pigs but just in case they find a bar on the side of the road and use it.Will it wash off quickly?

November 12, 2004 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger USMC_Vet said...

No. It permeates the skin to varying degrees depending on the chemical makeup of the specific explosive handled.

They are not looking for residue from an exploded device, but residue that results from assembling/handling a device.

It is not like getting dirt on your hands. These chemicals are absorbed by the skin.

Hope that helps.

November 12, 2004 at 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Dallas Morning News commented yesterday that there have been about 600 terrorist casualties... to about 20 Coalition casualties. Yeah, we kick butt. Go Marines!

November 13, 2004 at 5:42 AM  
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