Wednesday, July 02, 2003


The reality today:

From Philly's own Inky, Jonathan S. Landay and Warren P. Strobel write:

The top American administrator in Iraq, confronting growing anti-U.S. anger and guerrilla-style attacks, is asking for more American troops and dozens of civilian officials to help speed up the restoration of order and public services.

The neo-con job:

Ken Adelman:

I believe demolishing Hussein's military power and liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk.

Some cake. Some walk.

UPDATE: This from alert reader Squiddy.

Here's the part where the soldier figures out he's been taken by aWol's bait and switch:

The anger towards their own senior officers is obvious. Cpl Richardson said: "We weren't trained for this stuff now. It makes you resentful they're holding us on here. It pisses everyone off, we were told once the war was over we'd leave when our replacements get here. Well, our replacements got here and we're still here."

But read the whole story. If 10% of the material on how we're handling civilian casualties is true, we' re in for a long, hot summer.

(This article brings up another parallel with VietNam, BTW: young men with extremely heavy weapons fighting a guerilla war in the midst of a civilian population. I don't blame the soldiers: they are not in an enviable position. And Who put them there?)