Skip to comments.Military Commandersí Decisions in Fallujah Overridden by Politicians (CONFIRMED)
Posted on 05/03/2004 4:53:43 PM PDT by elfman2
Freepers have been hotly debating whether politicians or military commanders made the decision to cancel the Fallujahn offensive.
Today Fox News Lives Jon Scott (I believe) interviewed Jim Michaels (USA Today Reporter) just back from Fallujah. I transcribed the relevant portion of the interview. In summary he said that the Marines were told to stop the attack by Administrator Bremer under pressure from the Iraqi Governing Council.
MICHAELS No one [in the Marines] was happy with the cease fire. The American contractors were killed.
They got the order to go in, as we know, on a big offensive. They were in the offensive for whatever, seven or eight days and boom the politicians said no, hold back, theres too many casualties.
The governing council, the Iraqi governing council, was really upset. They went to Mr. Bremer. Mr. Bremer in turn sort a put in the order to hold back.
While they were in this cease fire meanwhile the insurgents were in there, the insurgents were in there rearming re-supplying you know, taking advantage of of the lull in activities, so they were in a real bind here, and they really had no choice, they say, except to come up with the idea for a Fallujah Brigade.
Otherwise these guys would still be in there and the ceasefire would still be going on, and these talks that they were having were going nowhere. The sheiks (sp?) were just kind a sipping tea with coalition officials and were nowhere, It was just getting nowhere at all.
SCOTT So very quickly Jim, Do the bad folks in Fallujah think that theyve won?
MICHAELS They do indeed! Theyre running around the past couple of days, celebrating and saying you know that theyve fought things to a stand still. Theyre really taking a propaganda victory out of this.
Theyre really running around saying, you know, they fought the American forces to a standstill. You know theyre pushing it for all its worth.
SCOTT So how does that effect their overall strategy to win the hearts and minds of the the Iraqis - the fact that theyre claiming a victory in Fallujah?
MICHAELS Well pol It doesnt help. And its one of the biggest fears that the Marines have is that a week, 10 days down the road, this things going to continue to snowball, and and these guys are going to claim victory, and it presents a BIG propaganda problem for the American forces there. It its a big risk.
"The Marines said that they had no choice, that they were in a stand off and the ceasefire whas going nowhere."
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
The military is of course always subservient to political objectives, but halting the attack on Fallujah like this is indicative of the crippling restrictions behind tragedies in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia.
Bush is of course principled, but one of his principles is to compromise to whatever degree necessary to claim some positive results when the outcome is not certain.
I think Americans did not struggle and suffer and die in Iraq for the president to compromise.
Some claim that a greater objective is served by this, and others call that a convenient explanation for our political weakness in kicking the knees out from under our Marines in full charge.
Some claim that we can restart the Fallujahn offensive if the Fallujahn Brigade fails. Others say its much more difficult now, unlikely, and the damage has been done.
Either way, we now have un-contradicted information on who made the decision to halt the attack on Fallujah.
Well, gee. Can't argue with a sacred reporter, especially a USA Today one- they're as unimpeachable as NYTimes reporters!
Bremer makes the calls. That's his job.
I doubt he overrode any high Marine. They know what the mission is, to turn Iraq over to the Iraqis.
The latter is CBS News and Sy Hersh slipping in the knife. I wonder if Sy got off when the knife went in. It's so Vietnam-era. He hasn't got any Communist Empire to pledge allegiance to anymore, but he can still work for Communism in America.
What a bunch of comrades.
The war is over. We lost.
We need to bring our boys home IMMEDIATELY!!!
Hey, if the story fits the facts.
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