22 July 2007

Catching Up a little

First, Mike Yon talks about the integration of former insurgents into local self-defense militias which operate under the aegis of the ISF/CF. The basic point is that, hysterical articles in the New York Times to the contrary, the US is hardly arming terrorists to go kill other terrorists in some sort of Cold War-esqe 'enemy of my enemy'. The 1920 Brigade and other organizations have realized they have more to gain by NOT fighting Americans than by fighting them, so as long as they play by our terms, that's fine with us.

This is what defeat looks like in Counter-Insurgency. Unfortunately for the American Left, it isn't what American defeat looks like, but insurgent defeat.

Meanwhile, the Chinese are going rings around their local homegrown Islamic insurgency. Talk about a question of who to root for? Oppressive, genocidal tyranny, or the folks who are pissed because they aren't permitted to set up an Islamic oppressive genocial tyranny? The Belmont Club asks some questions about what that means in terms of strategy for the Islamists and the West.

Meanwhile in the United States, the New Republic is "supporting the troops" by publishing fiction (allegedly journalism, but that's provably false) that claims that US Army troops regularly commit war crimes and generally act like assholes.

Debunkings:
Town Hall
Democracy Project
Foreign and Domestic
Dadmanly
The FOB Falcon PAO as reported by Milblogs

I love the American Left--most especially "journalists". Without them, we'd have much fewer topics for mocking posts about stupidity and ignorance.

Square 9mm cartridges and Brads you can see to the right from the driver's hatch?

Would it be too much to ask for the editors of The New Republic to spend 5 minutes on Wikipedia checking these things out?

I'll do their research for them:
Beretta 92 pistol which fires 9mm rounds. Note the shape of the bullets.
Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and note the placement of the driver's hatch in the front.

Debunked enough for me!

Found a cool article suggesting that ObL is dead in a cave somewhere and al-Qaeda is prepping for an announcement thereof. I wouldn't mind one bit.

And finally, the funniest thing I've seen all week.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jim said...

"the US is hardly arming terrorists to go kill other terrorists in some sort of Cold War-esqe 'enemy of my enemy'. The 1920 Brigade and other organizations have realized they have more to gain by NOT fighting Americans than by fighting them, so as long as they play by our terms, that's fine with us."

Okay... and by 'play by our terms' you mean 'kill people who aren't Americans', right?

Am I simply imagining a contradiction here?

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Bill McD said...

I believe, to put this into the jargon more easily digested by folks on my side of the aisle, what Decurion was saying was:

The US Military is not simply unleashing armed death squads of former Iraqi militia members as shaped-charges against their foes with rampant disregard for human life. Rather, the continued example of benefits provided by choosing to work within the system instead of radicalizing and operating in a vigilante manner has convinced several groups to rehabilitate themselves, and function to suppress the vigilantism, through a process similar to deputization, rather than incite it.

12:05 AM  
Blogger Just A Decurion said...

Ummm. . . Yeah, Bill, if you're saying what I think you're saying, you're saying what I'm trying to say.

Jim:
"Okay... and by 'play by our terms' you mean 'kill people who aren't Americans', right?"

You know, if you'd bother to click on the link provided, you might have a clue what you are talking about.

6:08 AM  

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