....LMB: "Tactics"....

November 15, 2004

Y'know, if I were an Iraqi insurgent holed up in Falljua (and I'm not), and I heard several weeks in advance that the US was sending a large force to take over the city, I think I'd say to my boys "hey, let's leave the city, let the Americans take it, and then snipe at them from the edges of the city for months, guerrilla style."

I don't have enough military knowledge to fill a thimble, but that just seems like common sense to me. The main power of a guerrilla army is that it doesn't sit there and present itself as a nice fat target the way a regular army does; it can move and split up and hide pretty easily, making any attack upon them difficult and complicated. I think that anyone running a guerrilla army would react this way to this particular US threat. And anyone with half a brain who was running a conventional army would realize this, and not go through with this Falluja-style invasion.

But what do I know?

Posted by Jake at 12:17 AM | TrackBack (0)

I'm an ex-Army tactician, what they were doing was taking real-estate, they gave the word months in advance, so most people would leave, giving them less resistance to fight. Then when they started the assault, they basicly surrounded the city but left a way out for the insurgents, so they would have even less resistance. The taking of Falluja was more an act of de-moralization and de-basing than killing or ass kicking.

Posted by: 007.6937 at November 15, 2004 10:37 AM

It seems that the ones who have been the most demoralized are probably the people who lived there and are now homeless and (at best) camping in tents outside the city.

Posted by: ryan anderson at November 15, 2004 02:16 PM

That's why I'm an ex-Army tactician.

Posted by: 007.6937 at November 15, 2004 02:32 PM


Is it difficult to hear about all of whats going on, and whats being said, while having experience and insight into whats REALLY going on over there?

I would imagine thats really frustrating.

Posted by: ryan a. at November 16, 2004 09:10 PM

This war is unnecessary, most of the insurgents don't support Saddam Hussein, and quite a few don't support Al Queda. if we were to pull out now, there is a good chance that the developing powers will favor the US.

Also, this army is outdated, I had a very good friend killed in a Huey, which is an outdated and very obsolete helicopter. We rely too much on brute force, the modern Military force should revolve more around the grunt then the tank, because today's battlefields are in cities where a HESH shell or a mortar is not as effective as a S.A.W.

yes, we are doing things wrong, yes we are fighting immorally and wastefully, and, yes, it hurts very much to know this and to do nothing about it.

Posted by: 007.6937 at November 17, 2004 09:26 AM

Too bad our chance to make things right in the Arab world was back in the 70's when we first started pitting Iran and Iraq against each other. Instead of allowing the CIA to use the military as a corporate police force for the oil conglomerates, we should have been building them schools, hospitals, dams, power plants, radio stations, etc.

Only by treating the rest of the world with the same respect that we treat ourselves will we ever be able to spread freedom and democracy to other places in the world. Unfortunately, those are not the true goals of the people that hold the reins in the world.

I do believe it is too late. Nero has already begun to fiddle.

Posted by: nobody cares at November 17, 2004 02:48 PM

You wouldn't believe the mindset the armed forces use towards the Iraqis, they treat them more like the indigenous Fauna of an oil-bearing country than human beings.

Posted by: 007.6937 at November 17, 2004 04:23 PM


I feel terrible that I'm here being relatively complacent while all of that is going on. I keep wondering about guys from Pendleton that I've met, and how they are right now. And then I wonder about all the Iraqi people who have most their homes, livelihoods, and family...and how much they must hate the US.

Did you serve over in the Middle East?

I have read plenty of interviews of returned soldiers and the disparity in how they view the war is confusing. Some guys really believe in the US goals and tactics, while others feel that the whole ordeal is completely immoral. I hear stories that really conflict...some guys saying that their experiences were really positive, that people were really appreciative, and others say the complete opposite, that all the people just want the US out. Maybe this could be a case of apples and oranges...different factions may of course have different motives. One region cannot really speak for the whole country.

Posted by: ryan anderson at November 18, 2004 07:48 AM
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