The present-day U.S. military qualifies by any measure as highly professional, much more so than its Cold War predecessor. Yet the purpose of today’s professionals is not to preserve peace but to fight unending wars in distant places. Intoxicated by a post-Cold War belief in its own omnipotence, the United States allowed itself to be drawn into a long series of armed conflicts, almost all of them yielding unintended consequences and imposing greater than anticipated costs. Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. forces have destroyed many targets and killed many people. Only rarely, however, have they succeeded in accomplishing their assigned political purposes. . . . [F]rom our present vantage point, it becomes apparent that the “Revolution of ‘89” did not initiate a new era of history. At most, the events of that year fostered various unhelpful illusions that impeded our capacity to recognize and respond to the forces of change that actually matter.

Andrew Bacevich

Monday, September 3, 2007

War News for Monday, September 03, 2007

Photo: Chimpolian on a pedestal. Compliments from Cervantes and Revere at Stayin' Alive

Perspectives of the day:
Champolain has made an un-announced visit to one of his occupied colonies when he landed in the Al-Asad air base in Anbar Province. This appears to be some sort of publicity stunt where he and several other top white house rats will vomit out rhetoric about how the Sunni Insurrection has been put down in the most violent Iraqi region, and Blah blah blah.....But with a little closer analysis one understands that he slithers into one of the largest and safest military bases unannounced. If his arrival was known every weapon in the province would be aimed at any and every plane for a once in a life time hit. The people must be riddled with hate and lethargic from years of having their cities occupied with enemy tanks, firebombed from un-seen planes, there families murdered or taken away to concentration camps that death could be preferable to the living hell which their lives have become at the hands of an murderous, uncompassionate occupying state. One can also understand that much of the military operations have been curtailed. There's no longer brigade strength sweeps up the Euphrates. The supply operations are now largely done from the air. And it seems that our forces are mainly staying behind the safety of the wire surrounding the bases. When patrols go out they are smaller and likely quick tactical moves. This isn't knocking the quality of our forces. It's ridicule of the entire strategy and policies of the war which has completely been a failure and miss-managed from the start much the same with our emperors presidents legicy.
Security incidents:
MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a U.S. soldier, possibly from Multi-National Corps - Iraq, when an IED detonated near his patrol near Baghdad on Sunday, September 2nd.

#1: Two civilians were killed in a car bomb attack in central Baghdad on Monday. The car bomb was set of on a main road in the city's Alwiya quarter, the Aswat al-Iraq news agency said. Three people were injured in the attack.

#2: The bodies of 13 people were found in different districts of Baghdad on Sunday, police said.

Diyala Prv:
#1: The press agency, also reporting on the kidnapping, said about 15 men set up an illegal roadblock on the road linking Baghdad with the Diyala province to the north-east. The victims were ordered out of their vehicle while travelling along the road.

Gunmen kidnapped 11 government employees on a main road near the city of Baquba, the capital of the volatile Diyala province on Monday, a provincial police source said. "Some 20 unidentified gunmen set up a faked checkpoint in the morning on the main road between Baghdad and Baquba and hijacked a KIA minibus carrying 11 government employees," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. The incident took place near the Hashimiyat village, 25 km southeast of Baquba, the source said, adding that Iraqi security forces immediately launched investigation into the incident.

#1: The bodies of two people were found shot in the town of Mussayab, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, on Sunday, police said.

#1: Gunmen killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded eight on Sunday when they attacked their checkpoint in the town of Taji, 20 km (9 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: a 9-year-old boy was killed and three of his brothers were wounded when an explosive charge detonated in front of their house in the Shiite-dominated Dujail, 60 kilometres north of Baghdad, police sources said.

#2: In the same vicinity, a group of 30 armed men travelling in 10 cars, according to local authorities, engaged in a firefight with elements of the Khazraj tribe in a village near Dujail leading to the death of one militant and the arrest of one other. Four people were injured in this incident.

#1: Two policemen were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in Kirkuk, police said.

#2: Four civilians were wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a police patrol in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A suicide car bomber targeting a police checkpoint killed two policemen and wounded 13 other people, including six policemen, in the al-Jazeera area near Ramadi, 110 km (70 km) west of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Taliban terrorists attacked and burned 13 trucks supplying logistics to NATO forces in southern Afghanistan, an official said Monday. The rebels attacked a convoy of Afghan Transport International in Shahri Safa district of Zabul province Sunday, burning 13 trucks, provincial police chief Ghulam Jilani told Xinhua. He said one Taliban militant was killed and three others injured while all the drivers were safe.

#2: TWIN roadside bombs killed seven Afghan security personnel in the east of the country. The blasts in eastern Kunar province on Sunday destroyed two vehicles, killing four intelligence officers, one policemen and two private security guards.