Thursday, February 12, 2004

Decapitation attempt?

(CNN) -- A convoy carrying Gen. John Abizaid, the commander of all U.S. forces in the Middle East, was attacked Thursday during a visit to Iraqi defense forces in Fallujah, U.S. officials said. No one was injured.

Abizaid was accompanied by Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack, commander of the 82nd Airborne Division.

Color me funny, but I don't think it is a good idea for more than one general officer to be in the same aircraft or ground vehicle at a time. Despite all of the problems that the U.S. armed forces have encountered in dealing with insurgents, we have still shown ourselves to be a strong and unwavering force. However, those Iraqis who are sitting on the fence in regard to how they feel against the Americans may have found a "successful" attack on the Americans something that would draw them into insurgency.

No bones about it, if you kill the CentCom commander and the CG of the most powerful and mobile Airborne Division in the world, then you have scored a serious point for your cause, no matter how insane your cause is. I am happy that no Americans were hurt in this attack, and I am glad that the leadership is in place.

I do hope that if there was an intelligence leak regarding the VIP status of the convoy that they find out who leaked it, and to whom it was leaked. I remember not to long ago there was a general officer who was nearly shot down in an RPG attack by some insurgents. Not that a general officer's life is more important than that of a Specialist, but simply the fact that it would be such a resounding news story throughout the world. I pray that the remnants of Al Queda, the Fedayeen, the Taliban, and whatever nutcases are out there will be rounded up soon. Too many lives are being lost.

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