Skip to comments.Soldiers 'get the bad boys' in raids
Posted on 06/30/2004 12:02:00 AM PDT by kattracksEdited on 07/12/2004 4:17:01 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
BAGHDAD -- Under the cover of darkness, soldiers from Alpha Company, 91st Engineer Battalion, creep up a narrow alley to their target, ready to scale the front wall of a small home and seize the men who tried to attack their platoon.
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A reminder we'll still have troops on the ground backing up our free Iraqi friends for years to come.
Let's see... they're from Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, and Richmond. And the media says most of our soldiers are poor kids who couldn't afford college from small unknown towns in rural areas.
If they ask for warrants ask for 100 of them everyday. But really this is a war, not a criminal investigation. If the Iraqis want to start requiring warrants we need to get out.
Come to think of it, this sounds like a version of that show "COPS." The stakes are higher, what with the lengths the criminals are willing to go, but at least as far as tracking them down and arresting them it reads in a similar way.
I'd rather think coalition soldiers are pitching battles against them (as ours are superior fighters by far, and can "circumvent legal entanglements" when they win) but perhaps our troops are entering a new phase in this region, one where they are used more often as constables.
If that is what happening, though it is necessary, I hate to think of it. I can't think that being relegated to that kind of duty would be anything other than a drain on morale. I don't doubt the troops would perform in any other way but admirably, but I do hope for something better for them.
Our guys are so cool. Too bad about the warrants, but the U.S. has plenty of legal interference already, so the military's probably used to it.
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