"American strategy is proving to be weak, and it all started
when the Iraqis refused to sit still and be blown to smithereens."
The U.S. military continues to try to shut down the Iraqi insurgents with "sweeps"
of different towns or hotspots. Typically this is a reactive move following
deaths of U.S. servicemen.
It takes time for the U.S. military to respond to any provocation, because
the only way Americans will engage the enemy is from heavily armored vehicles
with massive firepower. This calls for logistics, planning, and usually eliminates
any possible use of stealth or rapid response to achieve tactical advantage.
So, we see the U.S. running their sweeps into towns and villages or utilizing
air strikes and bombings or artillery attacks -- after the fact, usually well
after the fact of any insurgent activity. This means that long after the militants
are out of the building, the bomb strikes and killing non-combatants such as
local families. Long after the insurgent tactical squads have evacuated a town
or village, the tanks roll in and blast the smithereens out of any building
from which fire was suspected two days earlier. Oops! More dead civilians.
This farce of warfare is good for only one thing -- increasing recruitment
for the insurgency. "Kill my cousin and now I kill you" is the understandable
reaction of thousands of Iraqis now. Talk about motivation!
The American way of warfare was designed to win huge land wars, such on the
European theater against masses of Russians with huge tank armies. America needed
massive firepower because of being outgunned in that potential theater of war.
In Iraq, America has the advantage in numbers of men AND firepower, but little
room for maneuver and little initiative. Americans are on their heels and when
they do try to take the initiative they fire into buildings long after the battle
This war cannot be won by America. Those pathetic Iraqis just will not stand
and fight toe to toe. For some strange reason, the Iraqis are fighting to win,
not to meet American wishes and expectations. Every day that Americans are in
Iraq fighting the insurgency is another day that George Bush is losing ground.
Every death of an American soldier is a nail in the coffin of the American Empire.
And George Bush thought it would be easy! Mission Accomplished, George! George
has lost some of that strut he used to use when walking across the aircraft
carrier deck. His senior military officers are probably having a hard time looking
him in the eye. Rumsfeld is a little less cocky these days, and Cheney is buried
in his bunker thinking about nuking Iraq and Iran, because he has no other solution.
American strategy is proving to be weak, and it all started when the Iraqis
refused to sit still and be blown to smithereens.