I prefer to post late in the day because of the East Coast news cycle, especially nowadays since we can expect an almost daily "October surprise" from the democrats. But after spending a week with the nation's best in a great and patriotic city, I don't care whose faggots are worse... the democrats' or the Republicans'.
While the news media is ignoring Korea's nuke ignition plans and the war, in favor of Nothinggate, the missing-white girl-story of the day, and wondering why oh why two men are claiming to have fathered the child of Anna Nichole Smith, considering she stands to wind up with $400 million.
Let us return to reality.
Just since Monday we've lost 13 of our best in the latest operation to sanitize Baghdad.
The latest losses including four soldiers killed yesterday by small-arms fire, bring to 24 the number of soldiers and Marines killed since Saturday. The military command reports that IEDs are at an all-time high as US forces enter into a new strategy.
According to the NYT:
"The United States Army and Marines are finishing work on a new counterinsurgency doctrine that draws on the hard-learned lessons from Iraq and makes the welfare and protection of civilians a bedrock element of military strategy.
"The doctrine warns against some of the practices used early in the war, when the military operated without an effective counterinsurgency playbook. It cautions against overly aggressive raids and mistreatment of detainees. Instead it emphasizes the importance of safeguarding civilians and restoring essential services, and the rapid development of local security forces.
"The current military leadership in Iraq has already embraced many of the ideas in the doctrine. But some military experts question whether the Army and the Marines have sufficient troops to carry out the doctrine effectively while also preparing for other threats." Link
The cautionary note at the end has merit. The "hearts and minds" approach is time consuming and labor intensive. For the first time in our history it appears we face an entirely "new kind of war." It's vicious stand and fight one day like Hue City and Korea, and all VC booby-traps and hit and run tactics the next.
With no secured "rear" areas to speak of, the next corner turned can confront our troops with myriad enemy tactics; the learning curve to be effective and stay alive is incredible steep.
In my day a traditional Marine rifle company had just one mission-- patrol and engage-- so this is mind boggling to me. The pressure these young troops must experience when expected to multi-task, act like aid workers and be sure and not injury any civilians when fighting for their lives seems near impossible.
The report on this innocent-looking, but near unfathomable vehicle of horror comes from Clarity and Resolve via Allahpundit and a strong report from Sky News.
An RV? A police command vehicle? No. It's for mobile executions accomplished with lethal injections in that worker's paradise, the People's Republic of China. From the people who brought you Tiananmen Square, from people who brought you the Korean War; who brought the world one of history's greatest mass murderers, Mao Tse-Tsung.
It's not only the efficient death machine, but what they do with the bodies. More than 40 will eventually prowl China's cities.
All we have to do is give the world a 360 to face that we are alone in our stand against the hydra-headed evil that grows stronger very day. No other country will help us, or at least not enough to make a great difference.
We are fiddling while our world burns and our domestic enemies are making every effort to undermine the relatively little that we are accomplishing around the globe.
Meanwhile, we're focused on x-rated e-mails and "reality" shows... what has produced such cluding of the collective mind that we prefer to be emmersed in a televised fantasy world, unheeding the barbarians at the gate?