Friday, July 9, 2010

Reports From the Front

  • "I saw them taking out the bullets from bodies of my daughter and others," said Mohammed Tahir, one of "three eyewitnesses who had claimed to see U.S. troops digging bullets of the bodies of three women," quoted by Gareth Porter and Ahmad Walid Fazly — McChrystal Probe of Special Forces Killings Excluded Key Eyewitnesses.

  • Eric Garris on a man described by Marine Corps commandant General Michael Hagee as "one of this country’s bravest and most experienced military leaders" — New CentCom Commander: It’s ‘fun to shoot some people’.
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    Blogger Stephen said...

    I can't find fault with what General Mattis said. Sounds a bit like chivalry to me.

    And frankly, I don't care if Muslims pay lip service to the virtues of the Mother of God or not—if they justify the abuse and mistreatment of women by recourse to their religion, then I can't say my opinion of them would be much different than the good General's.

    12:54 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    The comments probably would never be said by a man own defending his own homeland. Protecting your wife and children from invading hordes would not be "fun," it would be a solemn duty.

    Such comments could only be said by a foreign invader.

    3:26 PM  
    Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


    Joshua, there was a Catholic blog I stopped reading after the blogger posted a video of US troops howling in glee at the sight of a tower full of enemy soldiers suddenly blowing up. I was just horrified. Even if someone needs to be killed so that you may survive, his death is no excuse to party.

    The blogger explained that when someone is in a war zone, has lost buddies, has just been shot at for several hours, etc., you can't expect him not to cheer when the enemy is blown up like that. And he said that anyone who has completed a tour of duty would agree with him. That's very likely true.

    On the other hand, anyone with historical experience of being invaded by the United States would see it differently. If anyone has the right to cheer at armed enemy troops being blown up . . . (Do I even want to finish that sentence?)

    4:18 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Most neo-American, neo-Catholic blogs make me want to puke.

    1:38 AM  
    Anonymous walt said...

    I agree that these neo-American, neo-Catholic blogs do a lot of empty chest thumping. I had a few beers one night with a young Army vet who took part in the Fallujah operation. He told me that that mission was the longest part of his life. Going from house to house with looks of elderly people, young women and toddlers scared at the mere sight of you just ate him up on the inside. What it made it worse was being in firefights in the midst of people's homes and almost pulling the trigger on maybe an old lady just tryin' to duck for cover. So this blogger that said that anyone with a tour of duty over there would agree with him probably doesn't know some of the vets I do. This Army vet I talked to said he felt alienated when people would keep Thankin him for defending our freedom. He thought it was useless to try to explain anymore the reality of his experiences there.

    As far as the remarks of the Marine
    general goes , yes there is a thrill in the heat of combat that some of the vets told me about, but it's the aftermath that lingers with some of them.

    4:18 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Fallujah must have been one hell of a battle. A milbloger's description I once read was unforgettable. He was watching hell rain down on the city, and fell pity for anyone unfortunate enough to have been in it at the time.

    This same milblogger also had an eloquent post about how he was not defending anyone's freedom in Iraq; freedom must be defended at home.

    5:41 PM  

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