June 13, 2007, - 1:58 pm

Absurd: America’s Worst Enemy is in the Mirror

By Debbie Schlussel
Why are we losing in Iraq and Afghanistan? Because we don’t want to win. Don’t believe me. Read this vomit-inducer by columnist David Ignatius from Sunday’s Washington Post (thanks to Dissecting Leftism):

Improvised Explosive Defeat?
The photographs gathered by The Post each month in a gallery called Faces of the Fallen are haunting. The soldiers are so young, enlisted men and women mostly, usually dressed in the uniforms they wore in Iraq and Afghanistan. What’s striking is that most of them were killed by roadside bombs known as improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. . . .

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The insurgents who kill our young soldiers are ruthless, but we have sometimes been cautious in our response. Take the question of targeting bomb makers: There may be an unlimited supply of explosives in Iraq, but there is not an unlimited supply of people who know how to wire the detonators. In 2004, CIA operatives in Iraq believed that they had identified the signatures of 11 bomb makers. They proposed a diabolical — but potentially effective — sabotage program that would have flooded Iraq with booby-trapped detonators designed to explode in the bomb makers’ hands. But the CIA general counsel’s office said no. The lawyers claimed that the agency lacked authority for such an operation, one source recalled.
There are technologies that would allow us to detonate every roadside bomb in Iraq by heating the wires in the detonators to the point that they triggered an explosion. But these systems could severely harm civilians nearby, so we’re not using them, either.

And David Ignatius, the author of this, is a liberal, NOT a conservative.
If this was our attitude going in, we should have stayed home.
Thanks to reader Ari for the tip.

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6 Responses

There are indisputable facts about Iraq.
(1) We are there because Bush instigated the war. Forget for a moment the alleged cause, the president sent troops. Yes the Congress concurred, so what. Bush gave the orders to go. TRUE. Absolutely true.
(2) After the Iraqi army surrendered we have done nothing of significance that resembles warfare. We merely remain as targets. And we slowly die, a trickle at a time. TRUE. Absolutely true.
(3) We have spent (thrown away) around $500 billion give or take a $100 billion. All for no gain. If Warren Buffet invested $500 billion in an enterprise, you would have an equivalent benefit. TRUE. Absolutely true
So why did Bush do it? Is he a moron? Is there a checks and balance process for the federal government? Given the nature of the catastrophe and the current actions, there can be only two answers-
The first- it was a deliberate effort to cause this chaos (I almost said holocaust, but we aren’t quite there, yet).
The second- we are the most stupid, ineffectual nation on earth.
You decide. I believe both answers are correct.
By the way, I still believe in America, in the Declaration, in the Constitution, in the American people. But we are slipping, badly.

Happiness Pursuer on June 13, 2007 at 2:50 pm

Jorge “ROP” Arbusto cares more about Muslims and Mexicans than he does about Americans.

feralcat9 on June 13, 2007 at 3:33 pm

During WWII, the organizations known as Special Operations Executive (British) and Office of Strategic Services (American) conducted many “dirty tricks” for the discomfiture of the enemy. The “booby trapped detonators” operation is *exactly* the kind of thing they would have done under the circumstances.
Had we behaved then like we are behaving now, we would have likely lost the war.

photoncourier.blogspot.com on June 13, 2007 at 4:23 pm

“If this was our attitude going in, we should have stayed home.”
Amen. I supported this war because Bush said he would not let politics determine war policy. I guess he meant that about as much as he meant to secure the borders and the ports.
If they blew up a couple of IEDs using that technology, they wouldn’t be hidden anymore. Why should the Iraqi people side with the US when it’s obvious the pols are going to abandon them AGAIN? I hope this post reaches DC and things change.
Let the military do its job–killing bad guys!

PJ on June 13, 2007 at 8:56 pm

There are no innocent civilians in proximity to an IED — just Jihadi fans and spectators. Richard Marcinko, former SEAL of “Rogue Warrior” fame proposed this exact same solution 20 years ago. This is old tech. His team provided security audits in Lebanon back during the Reagan administration and made the EXACT same recommendations. Ignored then, ignored now, by the same pukes in positions of authority. When will we get men in power who can grow some balls and take action! Where are our Churchills, FDRs, Teddy Roosevelts and Stonewall Jacksons?

J-Lin on June 14, 2007 at 8:49 am

Hopefully, the lessons learned from this adventure is that should we go to war again, we will fight to win at all costs to the enemy. That war is hell, people die and things get broken. If we are not prepared accept this, then we should not go to war.
We have deluded ourselves with surgical strikes and smart bombs. What we need are big dumb bombs and carpet bombing. Something that will get the enemy’s attention and hold it with laser like focus. Winning a war is about making your enemy SUBMIT and pretty much making them your bitch. If we aren’t prepared to do this then we should not go to war.
This is, and was, our failure in these most recent conflicts. Not preparing the nation for worst and only relying on the hope for the best. We should not go to war unless this is said to the American people. No glossing it over, no white washing and no pie in the sky bumper sticker rhetoric about being ‘greeted as liberators.’
Why are we even considering allowing 7,000 Iraqi refugees into our country when those are exactly the type of people Iraq needs to make their country stable? Not using these people is a failed strategy (tactic) as much as not using the booby trapped detonators.
Heck, why haven’t we sent Iraqi expatriots back to Iraq earlier on in the conflict to be used as a bridge and tool to communicate with their former countrymen? And, please don’t mention Chalabi, he has his own agenda. A every day American of Iraqi descent who speaks the language, has ties to the region and understands the cultural nuances of the country could have advanced our position and pulled more every day Iraqi into our camp.
Why aren’t we using the technology for tracking lost pets to track our troops? Strategy and tactics!
Why aren’t we massively segregating various populations? If you are in the Iraqi Army then you and your immediate family are relocated to a secure base. The soldier can fight without worry that harm will come to his family, or be compromised when he returns to his neighborhood. Strategy and tactics, for crying out loud!

zyzzyg on June 14, 2007 at 9:55 am

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