posted by Chester at 11/09/2004 02:38:00 PM
Your blog is excellent!--finally, some coverage of Iraq by someone with military knowledge. Think you could post a transcript or summary of sorts? It would really be appreciated. I live in Toronto, Canada, beyond the reach of HH's show. Thanks in advance!
It appears the insurgents are not playing into US hands by defending themselves from fixed positions, but are rapidly changing positions in order to confuse and avoid US arty/air strikes. Mixing it up with marines at close range, constantly changing position, firing from the rear, will make it difficult to identify who is who on the ground with unmanned drones, will surely limit liberal use of artillery and air strikes. I would also like to know just how elaborate their underground tunnel system is...it would greatly facilitate such a defense. However, I agree with Chester`s assessment of 1-2 weeks. It will be imperative for US forces to finish up Fallujah work in order to quell insurgents in Ramadi, and I have just heard, Hit, where armed insurgents are reported taking over the streets.
Great blog, and good luck on the show. Hopefully, you will discuss what comes next, not just this weeks events, since this is only getting started.This is just the first step in the deciding stages of this conflict. If done right, this can be the beginning of the end, instead of just the end of the beginning. The road ahead looks bright, though, thanks to our expertise in counterinsurgency, especially within the Corps. Check out my take on how Vietnam can usefully provide insights on this conflict, not just inane comparisons to a "quagmire": http://dsshubris.blogspot.com/
You can listen to the Hugh Hewitt Show at:http://www2.krla870.com/listen/It is a 3 hour shown and it replays every three hours, starting at 5 pm, Central Standard time.Mike
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