Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Innovative. Deadly. Winning: The United States Army

Hey, were you wondering why we haven't seen any jihadis dancing on burning American vehicles lately? Well, I ran across this possible explanation from the incomparable Michael Yon:
In the Yarmuk neighborhood [of Mosul], only terrorists openly carry AK-47s. The lawyers call this Hostile Intent. The soldiers call this Dead Man Walking. Deuce Four is an overwhelmingly aggressive and effective unit, and they believe the best defense is a dead enemy. They are constantly thinking up innovative, unique, and effective ways to kill or capture the enemy; proactive not reactive. They planned an operation with snipers, making it appear that an ISF vehicle had been attacked, complete with explosives and flash-bang grenades to simulate the IED. The simulated casualty evacuation of sand dummies completed the ruse.The Deuce Four soldiers left quickly with the "casualties," "abandoning" the burning truck in the traffic circle. The enemy took the bait. Terrorists came out and started with the AK-rifle-monkey-pump, shooting into the truck, their own video crews capturing the moment of glory. That's when the American snipers opened fire and killed everybody with a weapon. Until now, only insiders knew about the AK-monkey-pumpers smack-down.
Now, if that doesn't warm the cockles of your heart, take two happy pills and call me in the morning. This former Marine says: God bless America and its Army!