Mow 'em down
Billmon has a quote from Trent Lott about getting more aggressive.
Reality check time.
Saddam had 600,000 Army and police and restricted the use of assault rifles to the military. He still paid millions in bribes and had several uprisings.
We have 150,000 troops who don't speak the language. Who are doing dual duty as police and soldiers. Who stick out. Who don't have the intel they need. The armories were opened and every family has an AK. Some, several.
What exactly could we do? Shoot more civilians? Loot more homes? Dig up more palm trees? Hire fewer Iraqis?
In the real world, short of public hangings and burning homes, we don't have many cards left. Our current trigger happy aggression has made more guerrillas than we can count.
Any more aggression and we could create the national uprising we desperately need to avoid.
posted by Steve @ 1:19:00 AM