Friday, June 13, 2014

Arab Armies's Fighting Worth

Left: Mosul, yesterday. Mosul, a city of 2 million, was defended by a force of 30000 American trained and equipped Iraqi soldiers, but they didnt wait to fight a multinational force of about 800 - 1200 lightly armed irregulars. They fled, seized by sudden panic. We first met this Arab psychological phenomenon (and of abandoned armed vehicles with the keys inside and the ground littered with boots and uniforms)  in Sinai 1956.  Also Saddam Hussein's forces didnt fight, sometimes surrendering to the lone patrolling American who didnt know what to do with the thousands of "elite forces" insisting he/she/whatever (in the new Army you never know)  take them prisioners. Western analysts are once and again misled by Arab rhetorical ferocity.

8 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:27 AM

    However, in the case of AQ,and its many franchise operations, we now take the rhetoric seriously (and some of us always have).

    You will, of course, not be drinking you own Kool Aid.

    Anon.

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  2. Anonymous9:41 AM

    Incidentally, a nightmare scenario is now unfolding for the Pentagon. Putin is poised to invade Eastern Ukraine, as soon as Obama gets sucked into Mosul.

    If he (Putin) is clever, he will hold back Iran from solving the problem in Mosul for Maliki, to try to ensure the US is forced to enter Iraq again.

    Of course, we should at the same time remember that in Syria, ISIS is our dear,dear ally.

    Game, set and match.

    Anon.

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  3. Why should the Pentagon worry which Sunni sectarian terrorizes Mosul? Let Iran and Assad fight it out.

    Let the best win.

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  4. Anonymous10:13 AM

    This is a bigger issue than Sunni sectarianism.

    Anon.

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  5. No Sir, it is not. It is a development to be fought primarily by local Shia forces: Assad, the Hizballah and the Ayatollahs. They are next in the line of fire.

    America is arming Assad's enemies AND the Shia government in Baghdad. Excellent!

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  6. Anonymous6:34 PM

    It would be great if that was really our devious plan, but the truth is that we have no plan. America flushed billions of $ and thousands of lives down the rat hole of Iraq and we have absolutely nothing to show for it. Nada. Zilch. It's going to be our 2nd Vietnam when ISIS rolls into Baghdad in captured American Humvees.

    K

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  7. It already is a second vietnam.
    But there will be a fourth. And a fifth. And a sixth.

    America's desire to do away with itself is accelerating.

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  8. Anonymous4:56 AM

    Che (may he rest in pieces) said 2, 3, many Vietnams as his wish for us.

    K

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