Sunday, July 06, 2003

Bring 'em on!

Hey George, pull my finger! A couple of days ago, President Bush dared Iraqi guerillas to attack American forces. "Bring 'em on", he said, and went on to say that the USA has sufficient forces to crush any resistance. I wonder what US soldiers in Iraq think about Bush's challenge. Stan Goff, formerly of the US Army special forces, was wondering the same thing, and wrote some words:

In 1970, when I arrived at my unit, Company A, 4th Battalion/503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, in what was then the Republic of Vietnam, I was charged up for a fight. I believed that if we didn't stop the communists in Vietnam, we'd eventually be fighting this global conspiracy in the streets of Hot Springs, Arkansas. I'd been toughened by Basic Training, Infantry Training and Parachute Training, taught how to use my weapons and equipment, and I was confident in my ability to vanquish the skinny unter-menschen. So I was dismayed when one of my new colleagues--a veteran who'd been there ten months--told me, "We are losing this war."

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