Skip to comments.Brain Power - In Battle, Hunches Prove to Be Valuable
Posted on 07/28/2009 4:04:17 PM PDT by neverdem
The sight was not that unusual, at least not for Mosul, Iraq, on a summer morning: a car parked on the sidewalk, facing opposite traffic, its windows rolled up tight. Two young boys stared out the back window, kindergarten age maybe, their faces leaning together as if to share a whisper.
The soldier patrolling closest to the car stopped. It had to be hot in there; it was 120 degrees outside. Permission to approach, sir, to give them some water, the soldier said to Sgt. First Class Edward Tierney, who led the nine-man patrol that morning.
I said no no, Sergeant Tierney said in a telephone interview from Afghanistan. He said he had an urge to move back before he knew why: My body suddenly got cooler; you know, that danger feeling.
The United States military has spent billions on hardware, like signal jamming technology, to detect and destroy what the military calls improvised explosive devices, or I.E.D.s, the roadside bombs that have proved to be the greatest threat in Iraq and now in Afghanistan, where Sergeant Tierney is training soldiers to foil bomb attacks.
Still, high-tech gear, while helping to reduce casualties, remains a mere supplement to the most sensitive detection system of all the human brain. Troops on the ground, using only their senses and experience, are responsible for foiling many I.E.D. attacks, and, like Sergeant Tierney, they often cite a gut feeling or a hunch as their first clue.
Everyone has hunches about friends motives, about the stock market, about when to fold a hand of poker and when to hold it. But United States troops are now at the center of a large effort to understand how it is that in a life-or-death situation, some peoples brains can sense danger and act on...
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
So two young boys were used as bait to (unsuccessfully) kill a couple of US soldiers. And we should have any respect for these barbarians why? Ditto that for any moron who attempts moral-equivalency between us (i.e. Bin Laden = George Washington, or other liberal claptrap)...
I just have ot wonder whose children those babies were. What mother would allow a man to do that to her babies.
The IRA blood feud wasn’t curbed unitl mothers started ot rebel against the menfolk for the killing. muslims need the same awakening. from the women.
Ann Coulter was right
We need to invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to christianity
Next in the series.
Some POS kidnapped anybodies' kids.
Semi positive story about the US Armed Forces by the slimes. Must have laid off their regulars because of declining profits and subbed out to real Ameircans.
Until the Mozlems love their children more than they hate infidels, they will be using children to lure the unsuspecting American soldiers who are trying to help to their death.
We should have nuked them and then walked away. It would have cost us less lives and less resources.
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Strongly suggest you read "The Arab Mind" by (the late?) Rafael Patai before you consider all mothers the same, or all culturally identical to your (presumably) American norm. 'Tain't so.
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