CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Saturday Morning Update

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Saturday Morning Update

On to the news ... This story from the Australian press includes a great photo of a hastily constructed terrain model that US forces are using to rehearse the plans for attack in detail. This is good for us of course. The more detail there is in the planning, the better we will be able to adjust when our plan goes out the window. Also, I would imagine that these terrain models have been walked through dozens of times, and everyone down to the PFC level is familiar with the planning. This is standard practice. This article offers a good general overview of the events around Fallujah as well. A front-page article from the San Francisco Chronicle (U.S., Iraqi troops mass for assault on Fallujah / STRATEGY: U.S. to employ snipers, robots to cut down casualties) is very interesting. First, a critique of the article: I'm getting a little tired of the press and their juvenile understanding of virtually anything military. I guess it comes from the fact that most journalists at elite newspapers come from elite universities. And most elite universities have courses like "Post-Modern Reality in Bolivia" instead of "The History of War." What a dumb headline! No kidding we'll use snipers! We always use snipers! Every infantry battalion has a platoon of snipers! Hello! This is kindergarten level stuff. Second, the article sets up our options as a)call in 500 pound bombs, or b) use robots and snipers. Come on! Does the press really think that the military is like the Keystone Cops out there? Makes it sound like a Chinese fire drill every time we do anything. This probabaly stems from another fact about elite journalists at elite newspapers from elite universities: they think those in the service are rubes who have been duped into serving for silly reasons. Overall a very simplistic article. Even when they quote experts from, US Naval Postgraduate School, or the Center for Defense Information, they distill their analysis, which is presumably complex, since these folks have PhDs in all manner of things, into a one-sentence blurb, the effect of which is something like this: the battle may be difficult or it may not. This is just plain intellectual cowardice masquerading as objectivity. As I've stated before, our assault will be fierce, highly coordinated, our Devil dogs will spare civilian lives as much as possible, and the attack will be as fast as possible. Enough of that rant. Some administrative notes: I would sincerely like to thank my daily readers for their patronage. I started this blog fifteen days ago and yesterday's page impressions totalled 6900 and change. I appreciate your telling your friends about me. Again for the record, I am not in Iraq. My analysis is based on my experinces there in 2003 and open-source information. I have a day-job. This is not my only gig. I appreciate the many great recommendations I have received, many of which I will pursue, including: -adding a link to a reading list on Amazon -adding BlogAds -adding a link to my email address -increasing the font size for readers who have trouble with the small print. I'll get to all of these things in time. I appreciate your patience, and so does Mrs. Adventures of Chester, who is trying to adjust to the fact that her husband's new hobby involves staring at a screen for long periods of time. A final admin note: I have mentioned that I think the Battle of Fallujah will take place in three phases, and we are in the first, Shaping the Battlespace. The second, The Ground Assault, will begin shortly. From the day that it begins, as I determine it, until the day that it ends and phase three begins, I will donate all of my google ad revenue to the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, which is an organization that provides scholarships and other assistance to the children and families of Marines and Law Enforcement Personnel killed in the line of duty. I can't see myself profiting from my google ads while my fellow Marines are slugging it out, so that's my pledge. I'll post when I'm declaring the ground assaulut beginning and when I declare it over, so it'll be transparent to all. I'll also post daily totals of the amounts to be donated. More later today . . . UPDATE: 11:28 pm: Just to be safe I have been reviewing my user agreement with Google. It's a violation of the policy to encourage viewers to click on ads for any reason. So I'm calling off my charity drive. I will try to add a donate button for the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation instead. AGAIN, my charity drive is cancelled.


Blogger Bacelic said...

Just on CNN I: An Iraqi colonel/major/whatever, deserted in Fallujah hours AFTER receiving the battleplan for the Attack.

November 6, 2004 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Michael Sanches said...

Here is a cool picture of the new Iraqi Army ready to take back Fallujah:


November 6, 2004 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Mr. K said...

Mudville Gazette sent me here. I have an off the wall sort of question. Out of sheer boredom, I tuned into the TV show JAG last night. The subject of the show was a case concerning Marines in Baghdad. The TV Marines were complaining about a lack of good equipment, and poor equipment. The TV Marines also complained about "chickenhawks" back home, who have no idea what it is like in Iraq.

Would you say there is some degree of truth in this depiction, or is it just another case of Hollywood slamming the job done by Bush and company?

November 6, 2004 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Sando said...

I'm another visitor from Belmont Club. I like the work and I'll be sticking around for more.

November 6, 2004 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger Russell Snow said...

Of topic but you mentioned it. If you do not like the font size, use mozilla or better yet firefox (Get it free -

and just press contol +

The font will get bigger.

November 6, 2004 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Michael Sanches said...

Another article with info about Fallujah:


November 6, 2004 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger Court said...

I'm also here via Belmont and check your site several times a day.

Keep up the great work!

November 6, 2004 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Nicodemus said...

Outstanding Blog. I really appreciate the clear analysis that you provide concerning operational options and standard practices.
Thak you for your efforts. Kudos and carry on.

November 6, 2004 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger SMSgt Mac said...

Minor point. can hardly be called a house of 'experts'. To John Pike's credit, he never calls himself a defense expert per se; he's always identified as a defense POLICY expert. He's set up his own little talking head operation as a POC for the militarily ignorant press, and has set up another nice little repository of public domain defense information at his website. I say 'another' because his last job was the webmaster for the FAS: Federation of (not very good) American (not very good) Scientists. The data he puts out there can be a handy reference when filtered properly, but the analyses trend toward the abysmal.
Check Six

November 7, 2004 at 8:12 AM  

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