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Friday, April 30, 2004

Hiroshima Redux 

The New York Times > International > Middle East > Deal to End Falluja Standoff Takes Shape; 10 Americans Die 
Marine commanders agreed today to a tentative plan to deploy a new Iraqi force led by former Iraqi army officers in the rebellious city and to ease their three-week seige by pulling back from some positions inside the city.

The Iraqi force, to be called the Falluja Protective Army, was negotiated at a meeting this morning that included the commander of the First Marine Expeditionary Force, Lt. Gen. James T. Conway. The tentative plan replaced one to deploy joint patrols of the marines and the American-recruited security force known as the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps.
Now, I'm no expert, but couldn't we have accomplished this BEFORE we dumped all those 500 pound bombs down their throats? For that matter, seeing as how Saddam's former army under the command of one of Saddam's former generals is in control of the city, couldn't we have accomplished this by just packing up and leaving last Christmas?

I'm reminded of how in WWII, the Japanese asked for a truce which we rejected because it required that we recognize the authority of the Emperor. Then we dropped two atomic bombs and then accepted their terms of surrender in which we officially recognized the authority of the Emperor.


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