CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Snap Reaction to CNN with Aaron Brown

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Snap Reaction to CNN with Aaron Brown

Forget FOX, switched to CNN. Note: If we all refuse to watch it, they will stop covering the Scott Peterson trial. I promise. It's magic. CNN: Jamie McIntyre reporting from Pentagon. Embeds with Army battalion in Fallujah. Lt Gen Sattler on screen at press conference saying, I paraphrase, "The enemy cannot communicate amongst themselves." and embed reports that insurgents punched holes in walls of buildings to create routes through them, rather than using the street. I noted the probability of both of these last night: The Adventures of Chester: Insurgent Defensive Plan Embed notes that anti-tank mines were piled up by insurgents in the streets. This is very interesting. Anti-tank mines aren't very effective when you can see them in piles. It's when your tank goes over them without your knowledge that you have a bad day. The insurgents were probably planning to command-detonate these, possibly in an attempt to level a building. Even if you wanted to surface-lay a minefield for deterrent purposes, you would not pile them up. Embed reports she has seen no civilians at all today. CNN now shifts to a writer from the New Yorker, who is coming from Dubai. Writer states that he is not surprised that many insurgents have left the city, and states that a hard-core group was probably left behind to defend it. This is excellent news. Whoever was defending is now dead. And if it was the hard-core resistance then they won't be around to provide inspiration to the lower guys. Make no mistake: no doubt some insurgents left. But no doubt many are very dead. CNN shows lots of footage of things that happen when battles are slowing down: LtGen Sattler in joint press conference with Iraqi general; Iraqi troops raising Iraqi flags over the city; US and Iraqi troops embracing; US officer telling Iraqi officer it was an honor to fight alongside him. Question: Has Phase II, The Ground Assault, ended? It seems to be winding down. Few reports tonight mention "fierce," "tough," "heavy," fighting that is currently happening. Note how this site predicted the shift from Phase II to Phase III, (Exploitation, Reconstruction and Installation of Government) would look: Where to from here? Predictive Analysis What are the metrics to judge Phase II over? And what are the signs in the media that will show that these metrics have been met? Troops congratulating each other is surely one . . .


Blogger fathom said...

You said: "insurgents punched holes in walls of buildings to create routes through them, rather than using the street."

And in your predictive analysis you say: "I continue with my assertion that US forces will only enter a house for a very specific reason."

I have to wonder that domination of those mouse holes by clearing them and using them for operational purposes would be necessary in cleaning the city out thoroughly.

I guess my overall concern is how completely can you really clean out a city and continue to filter out the bad guys as the city regains its population and moves into normal function.

November 10, 2004 at 8:08 PM  
Blogger Paddy_Lament said...


Nice work. You're bookmarked next to Belmont Club on my browser. Don't know if it's a violation of 'protocol' to post this...but came across this site in my thirst for info. Seems to echo your thoughts...along with the whinings of some soon-to-be-dead Fallujans.

November 10, 2004 at 8:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read somewhere that over 500 terrorist were killed earlier today by the ground offensive.They also said that there was probrably many more from all the bombing runs leading up to the assault that blew bodies into pieces.I hope they killed thousands so we won't have as many later on.How do you feel about the idea of moving the troops from Fallujah when they are done and sending them into the two or three other hot spots right away to keep pressure on the terrorist? I think it would break their back if we went into Ramadi with 5000 troops and Samara with 3 or 4 thousand more to try and finish them off.

November 10, 2004 at 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To follow up on the comment to an earlier post re: American bodies lying in the streets.

Again, I reiterate that anything coming out from this Fadhil Badlani guy on BBC should be taken with an elephant-sized grain of salt despite BBC describing him as a "journalist". Check out a quote from this guy back in April from the Detroit News.

β€œIt is inevitable that the sons of Fallujah will kill the Americans and mutilate their corpses,” said Fallujah resident Fadhil Badrani (or Fadhil al-Badrani). β€œThough mutilation is not allowed in Islam, the grudge and malice in the hearts of the people led them to do this because of the repeated American provocation."

It is my hope that sooner ratherthan later a US Marine with a sniper's rifle cancels this guy's cellular service.

Thanks to Fondu @ LGF

November 10, 2004 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger J.B. said...


Ditto to what Paddy Lament said about the website.
The site is called "The Fourth Rail" very good info on the Iraq situation.
All out there should check it out.
By the way, I believe you are credited there as well.
Keep up the good work and tell Mrs. AOC we appreciate her patience with you!


November 10, 2004 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Flyin' Hawaiian said...


Most excellent job. Its nice to have someone who has "been there, done that" squaring away the misinterpretations of the civilain news-providers.

However, I must take exception with your well-meaning advice to seek G-2-poop on CNN.

The last good scoop from CNN was on the opening night of Gulf War I when their reporter was hiding under a hotel room desk, messing his trousers.

CNN (and CBS, etc.) do not deserve the trust or the attention of the American public ever again.

I'll hang with FOX for all TV news and then visit with Chester, The Fourth Rail and Belmont Club for the real inside look at what our brave and magnificent Corps and Army warriors are doing on the battlefield.

In short, F*CK CNN!

Carry on ...

November 10, 2004 at 8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recommend a quick note to:

It might focus their attention instead of make them guess at their problems.


November 10, 2004 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger hollymer said...

Thanks for the address...I just sent a note to Fox News. The peterson info is just too much. Who cares about this loser when we are at war!

November 10, 2004 at 10:47 PM  
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