We’ve come to take for granted domestic enemies of freedom in our societies working actively against our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. But it’s worth reminding ourselves this not normal, and threatens our survival.
A senior US intelligence official told The Washington Post that British commanders had allowed militias loyal to three Shia Muslim groups take control of the city’s streets. “The British have basically been defeated in the south,” he said…
The report said a contingent of 500 British troops based at Basra Palace were “surrounded like cowboys and Indians”…
Major Mike Shearer, a spokesman for British command in Basra, rejected the suggestion that UK troop levels in the province, which are now down to 5,500, had been cut too fast.
“This is not Dorset, but Basra’s crime levels are half the level of Washington,” he said. “What we are trying to do is get the security situation to a manageable level where Iraqi solutions can be delivered to Iraqi problems.”
And Michael Yon’s reports tell us that the Brits are fighting intelligently and bravely. Still, the Brit force in Iraq has been under constant attack by elements of the Brit legal establishment, notably Blair’s late and unlamented Attorney General.
That’s had two consequences:
1. Retention has fallen as men realized that they not only face death in battle, but personal ruin and imprisonment if a peacetime court deemed them to have made the wrong judgement call.
2. The Brit Army has become risk averse, to avoid exposing its dwindling band of troops to civilian courts.
High-tech bomb allegedly supplied by Iran were used in 99 roadside bomb attacks in Iraq last month, American officials say.
The powerful weapons, known as explosively formed penetrators or EFPs, accounted for a third of combat deaths suffered by coalition forces, the New York Times reported…
Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the No. 2 commander in Iraq, told the Times he believes Shiite extremists have stepped up attacks in anticipation of Gen. Petreus’ upcoming progress report to Congress on the war.
These Shiite extremists have made common cause with the Democratic Party, which has adopted as settled policy its determination to cede victory to the organization that killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11.
Imagine if our two nations had fought Hitler in this way, allowing its lawyers to hunt Brit airmen, sailors, and soldiers, as they fought the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic, and invaded Normandy.
And if the majority party in Congress has announced that, absent satisfactory progress reports from Generals Eisenhower and MacArthur by December 1944, it would force capitulation to the Nazis and Japanese.
We’d have lost WW2, just as we’d have lost WW1, Korea and the Gulf War if we’d adopted these behaviors.
Such self-destruction hasn’t been seen since the fall of the Roman Empire, an event it would be a pity to repeat.