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Monday, November 08, 2004  


As usual Wretchard is a great source of information and insight into what is taking place militarily, but he concludes with this:

". . . terrorism has unleashed a terrible engine upon itself. Capabilities which didn't exist on September 11 have now been deployed in combat. It isn't that American forces have become inconceivably lethal that is scary; it is that the process has just started."

Let's put aside the politics of France, Germany, and Spain for a moment and focus on their strategies for defense of their own countries and training of an effective fighting force -- where do you think your generals, captains, and sargeants are going to learn how to be a first class fighting force in a new kind of war? By fighting with the Americans wherever they go.

That alone is worth the price of admission (casualties and deaths, political fallout). Not only is America the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen, our capabilities, by facing our enemies on the batlefield, increase almost logarithmicly compared to our "allies" and foes.

We are creating tactics and battlefield technologies which are breathtaking in effectiveness. To many soldiers, they are the ones saying it's like playing a video game in so many instances.

From The Telegraph:

"I got myself a real juicy target," shouted Sgt James Anyett, peering through the thermal sight of a Long Range Acquisition System (LRAS) mounted on one of Phantom's Humvees.

"Prepare to copy that 89089226. Direction 202 degrees. Range 950 metres. I got five motherf****** in a building with weapons."

Capt Kirk Mayfield, commander of the Phantoms, called for fire from his task force's mortar team. But Sgt Anyett didn't want to wait. "Dude, give me the sniper rifle. I can take them out - I'm from Alabama."

Two minutes tick by. "They're moving deep," shouted Sgt Anyett with disappointment. A dozen loud booms rattle the sky and smoke rose as mortars rained down on the co-ordinates the sergeant had given.

"Yeah," he yelled. "Battle Damage Assessment - nothing. Building's gone. I got my kills, I'm coming down. I just love my job."

The insurgents, not understanding the capabilities of the LRAS, crept along rooftops and poked their heads out of windows. Even when they were more than a mile away, the soldiers of Phantom Troop had their eyes on them.

Lt Jack Farley, a US Marines officer, sauntered over to compare notes with the Phantoms. "You guys get to do all the fun stuff," he said. "It's like a video game. We've taken small arms fire here all day. It just sounds like popcorn going off."

I heard a soldier interviewed by Fox before the battle say something like, "They have no idea of the magnitude of what's coming. Hell is coming."

Makes one wish he was there, to be alongside such men.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 11:03 PM |