The US arrived in Baghdad in May, 2003 minus nearly half the mechanized force intended for the operation. The Fourth Infantry Division which was scheduled to attack downward from Turkey and sweep through the Sunni heartland never arrived in large part due to the opposition of countries like France in the Security Council. Instead, it was forced to re-embark and ship around to the Gulf where it marched north up the Tigris in the path of the 3rd Infantry Division. The 3rd ID, for its part had to continue its attack north to partially subdue the towns in the Sunni triangle. It was a double-whammy. Not only was the 4th ID missing from the order of battle, the 3rd ID had to send units out of Baghdad. to continue the fight further on.There's lots more over at the club, but that was the most important section for me. Not many serious analysts argue that there isn't enough boots on the ground now (I happen to think there's alot being wasted), but there was a definate shortage, not in taking baghdad, but in maintaining it immedatly afterward. And why is this? Not due to the arrogance or miscalculation of Rumsfeld or Cheney or Bush, but rather the pressure on turkey to capitulate at the last minute that came from our "allies" in old europe.
"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us...We need the books that affect us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside of us.
"How could you, Francis. How could you. You heartless bastard." -Ilyka
"Death to the Republic of Dork! All hail the Geek Empire!"
"It's kind of like Lileks on electro-shock treatments that aren't quite working."-steve the llama butcher
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(bonus points for anyone that can guess the literary referance in which "unconqured" and "I" figure prominently)
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