Wanted: Military Intelligence
You gotta love our military. They create these TV ads that make joining the Army look like you’re playing the world’s coolest video game, while the real Army is run by a bunch of guys frantically searching their computer keyboards for the “any” key.
Three days ago, the
The heavily redacted 42-page report was posted to a
An Italian blogger was easily able to reconstruct the document using a complicated keystroke sequence that went something like this:
(Rest assured that as you read this, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch is cooking up a bill that will make using the
So the Italian press published the full, completely unredacted report. What exactly had been blacked out? Nothing too serious: just the rules of engagement employed by the
But that’s not all. Also revealed was the startling statistic that from November 2004 to March of this year there have been 3,306 attacks by Iraqi insurgents, two-thirds of them aimed at coalition forces.
Let me repeat that: There have been more than 3,300 insurgent attacks in
Also revealed were the names and ranks of the soldiers involved, and various recommendations on how the military can avoid such debacles in the future. Like, for example, putting speed bumps near checkpoints on “Route Irish,” the road leading to Baghdad International airport. It’s been two years since “Mission Accomplished” and yet it has apparently never occurred to anyone to install speed bumps, let alone build an alternate route to the airport. Another suggestion: having a second guard in the watchtower, so one guy doesn’t have to both hold a spotlight and fire an automatic weapon at the same time. A fine idea, just a little too late for
I have nothing but admiration and sympathy for the soldiers on the ground. They’ve been asked to do a shitty job in a place where they should never have been sent. As for the soldiers at HQ, I think maybe the military needs to invest in a few thousand copies of Internet for Dummies.
Nonetheless I see some small hope. The