4 April, 2003
G Takahashi has a good weblog thing going, with some recent posts about the war. One examines the...
G Takahashi has a good weblog thing going, with some recent posts about the war. One examines the Seige of Baghdad and how difficult it's going to be to go Bush's "final 200 yards". Another is an e-mail home from a soldier in Iraq. It gives a very detailed and fascinating look into what the average solider experiences in combat these days. It's got some great gung-ho quotables, too, like this one:
So far, we haven't seen any direct action. We're hoping to keep it that way, but things could get interesting in the upcoming weeks. So far we've fought the reluctant benchwarmers from the Iraqi JV team, and some very motivated amateurs, but we're about to take on the Medina Division, which is Iraq's professional army. These guys are well trained and have good equipment, so it will be a different fight. We will still massacre them, don't get me wrong, but it will be a different kind of battle. It will be much more textbook-grade conventional warfare rather than the "Marne 500" as we are currently referring to it. The Marne 500 is like the Indy 500, only longer, with no lights, a whole lot of dust, and people trying to kill you with AK-47s and ... Rocket Propelled Grenades. ... I have respect for the Iraqis.Worth noting is the fact that he says "upcoming weeks": this e-mail was sent March 29th. The US is clearly settling in for a longer battle than the idiot media led us to believe. I love the way the 'net (with big gobs of help from Al-Jazeera) has totally changed the way we get news about this war. It's also interesting how clear it is that nobody trusts CNN anymore. During the Gulf War, it was gospel.
And if you're sick of the war, you can amuse yourself with Bling Method.