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The New Band of Brothers
Weekly Standard ^ | 06/19/2006 | Michael Fumento

Posted on 08/22/2006 6:39:18 AM PDT by Fighting Irish

TERRORIST-INFESTED RAMADI in the wild west of Iraq is the meanest place in the country, "the graveyard of the Americans" as graffiti around town boast. When military public affairs asked where I wanted to be embedded, I told them, "the redder, the better" (red means hostile). So they packed me off to eastern Ramadi with the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).

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To most of the media, Baghdad is where Iraq begins and ends. So naturally, they think Baghdad is the most dangerous part of the country. Wrong. "The sheer scale of violence in Ramadi is astounding," wrote AP's Todd Pitman after spending time with several units there. Pitman arrived the same night I did. "One recent coalition tally of 'significant acts'--roadside bombs, attacks, exchanges of fire--indicated that out of 43 reported in Iraq on a single day, 27 occurred in Ramadi and its environs," he wrote in a dispatch. Track the weekly butcher's bill for all of Iraq and you'll often find that a third to a half of U.S. combat deaths are in this one city about a third the size of Baghdad.

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There are four minarets within sniping distance of Corregidor, and the gentlemen in these places of worship regularly shoot at the raised observation posts around the camp and sometimes into the camp itself. Mortars as large as 122mm smash into Corregidor on average every other day. I saw a steel container (the kind carried on flatbed trucks and train cars) hit by a mortar; it looked like an aluminum can blown up with a cherry bomb. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) pop up like mushrooms, and vehicle-borne IEDs delivered by young men determined to get at those 72 perpetually renewing virgins are also a constant threat.

(Excerpt) Read more at weeklystandard.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fumento; iraq
Michael Fumento (U.S. Army Airborne, 1978-82), a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, has been embedded twice in Al Anbar.
1 posted on 08/22/2006 6:39:19 AM PDT by Fighting Irish
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To: Fighting Irish; eyespysomething
It's also the capital of Al Anbar province and a favorite stomping ground of al Qaeda in Iraq, led by Jordanian-born terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi until two 500 lb. bombs blew apart his hideout last Wednesday.

Was that just last Wednesday? It seems like a couple of months ago. How time flies. ...

Anyway, thanks for posting, good reading.

2 posted on 08/22/2006 6:44:23 AM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic t gehate, t ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille furor gan,)
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To: Fighting Irish

Assuming all this to be true, what should be the US response?


3 posted on 08/22/2006 6:45:27 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: LachlanMinnesota

***Remove*** the town and all it's occupants from the map, completely and totally.


4 posted on 08/22/2006 6:51:42 AM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage. Try it!)
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To: butternut_squash_bisque

Or remove the town from the ground and leave the town on the map.

What do the Iraqi government think we should do? Nothing?

Why do we sit around and take hits without doing anything to take out the vermin?


5 posted on 08/22/2006 6:54:19 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Fighting Irish

Dateline of this story is 6/19 - two months ago. It seems like most of the violence *now* is centered around Baghdad: I wonder if Zarqawi's demise has played a role in the apparent shift of the terrorists' focus.


6 posted on 08/22/2006 6:54:58 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: bassmaner

Missed that...thanks!


7 posted on 08/22/2006 6:58:00 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: Fighting Irish
There are four minarets within sniping distance of Corregidor, and the gentlemen in these places of worship regularly shoot at the raised observation posts around the camp and sometimes into the camp itself.

Now I would pay to see video of our snipers knocking some of these minaret posted shooters down. I wonder if we are even doing that?
8 posted on 08/22/2006 7:07:46 AM PDT by RushingWater
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To: RushingWater
Simple solution to that.. announce to the town that the next time shots are fired from the minarets they will be answered by howitzers. Include the usual psyops noise about how we sincerely hope it isn't necessary to destroy any historic or reverential sites blah blah blah.. then level the building at the next attack, and build them a new mosque with a lower profile.
9 posted on 08/22/2006 7:12:54 AM PDT by tcostell (MOLON LABE)
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To: Fighting Irish

Good stuff. Here's the article with pictures from his blog:
http://www.fumento.com/military/ramadi.html


10 posted on 08/22/2006 8:15:00 AM PDT by nj_pilot
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To: Fighting Irish
"There are four minarets within sniping distance of Corregidor, and the gentlemen in these places of worship regularly shoot at the raised observation posts around the camp and sometimes into the camp itself."

It is outrageous that these mosques are allowed to remain standing. Or any other building that houses terrorists or their weapons. Not one drop of our soldiers' blood is worth this nonsense. This is not a winning tactic, it is appeasement.

Camp Corregidor sounds too much like the fire bases of old, with their search & destroy missions & no go restricted areas in the city. This is "hearts & minds" bullsh@t.

Our policy should be that ALL buildings containing terrorists or their weapons is subject to instant destruction or bulldozing - our choice. The people of Iraq, Afghanistan, & Lebanon, etc., need to be told clearly & often that if they are in close proximity to a terrorist or his weapons, their lives & property are in imminent danger. We will no longer refrain from attacking the terrorists because of so-called "innocent civilians".
11 posted on 08/22/2006 8:25:34 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Mister Da

12 posted on 08/22/2006 9:36:35 AM PDT by Fighting Irish (Bagn agus a r go maith)
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To: Fighting Irish

Great read, thanks for posting. I'm sure people more qualified than I made the decision but I can't help but feel that had we publicly obliterated a mosque early on in this thing as an example much less of this would be happening. There has to be some middle ground between giving the enemy a propaganda victory as a destroyer of holy places and giving him a free sanctuary.


13 posted on 08/22/2006 10:41:51 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Fighting Irish

Excellent article.


14 posted on 08/22/2006 11:17:32 AM PDT by JoeGar
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