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Operation R.A.M.B.O. – 27 FEB 08

Operation R.A.M.B.O.
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Mrs. Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette has done an amazing job with her DAWN PATROLs, as has David M with his Web Reconnaissance at The Thunder Run. I wanted to do something similar, but not steal the titles of their efforts; not ‘steal their thunder’, so to speak. So this is what I came up with for my efforts to link to military blogs that I read, and that I encourage you to read as well.

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Mrs. Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette: DAWN PATROL – 27 FEB 2008
“Welcome to the Dawn Patrol, our daily roundup of information on the War on Terror and other topics – from the MilBlogs and other sources around the world. If you’re a blogger, you can join the conversation. If you link to any of these stories, add a link to the Dawn Patrol too and your trackback will be added to the list. Hat Tips to the Dawn Patrol are greatly appreciated.”

David M at The Thunder Run: From the Front: 02/27/2008
News and Personal dispatches from the front lines. …

Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette: What if, what was, what now, what next…
… To engage in this discussion is to enter into a game of “what if?”. Let’s indulge those who’ve chosen to do so – I’m assuming they’ve thought it through beyond the bumper-sticker/sound bite level and are eager to flesh out their position. So here are a few follow-up questions:

Would you have sent all the troops who went to Iraq into Afghanistan? If not, how many?

Is there any limit to the amount of troops or time you would devote to the hunt for Osama bin Laden? If so, what is that limit? What percentage of troops in Afghanistan would be assigned to other tasks?

Would the al Qaeda recruits (or “foreign fighters”) who went to Iraq since 2003 have gone to Afghanistan instead? The Soviet experience in Afghanistan certainly indicates that’s likely.

Would Saddam Hussein have assisted that effort? If so, how would you respond?

From 1991-2003 tens of thousands of American troops served in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey enforcing U.N. sanctions against Iraq. (Remember the “no fly zones” and the near-daily attacks on Iraq radar sites and anti-aircraft positions?) Would you have left these troops in place? (Hint: they aren’t there any more…) Consider also that Osama bin Laden cited the presence of these troops as the fundamental basis of his jihad against America, culminating in the 9/11 attacks.

There are countless follow-up questions – but that’s enough “what if?” for now. The more important question is “what now?” – and any candidate’s answers to the “what ifs” or complaints about “what was” matter only insofar as they illuminate that persons view of “what next”.

So on to the questions that matter: …

Greyhawk at Mudville Gazette: The Free and the Brave (VIDEO)
I sang this thing out loud without musical accompanyment every day while I was in Iraq, …

The Free and the Brave
Greyhawk

Over in America, home of the free
Land of unlimited opportunity
People in the streets protest whatever they can
While over in Iraq and Afghanistan

The brave, far from home, are standing tall
and toeing the line, so they can have it all
Some try to complicate it but it’s simple to me
They’re making noise, we’re making history

Osama’d like to think that we can’t get it done
And some would like to tell you it’s time to cut and run
Me I like to finish something once I’ve begun
And I don’t think I’m the only one

Here making history, hearing the noise
of things that divide and things that destroy
Things you’d never ever want to see on your street
Things you might call the price of defeat

So excuse me if I come home a little annoyed
If while I was making history, you were making noise

We’re making history
They’re making noise
We’re facing the fire
They’re playing with toys
Nobody ever said
That it would be easy
They’re making noise
We’re making history

– Iraq, May, 2007

Curt at Flopping Aces: Iran’s Ahmadinejad to Visit Baghdad Mar2
I’m sure it’s not the way they hoped the news would be reported, but US and Iraqi forces captured one of the leaders of the insurgency who has been using Iranian armor-piercing EFP (explosively formed projectiles) to kill Americans. Looks like he’s a member of Iran’s Special Forces (or at the very least working with them).

On that same day, Iranian diplomats confirmed that their President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is personally coming to Baghdad. …

ChrisG at Flopping Aces: US Military Commanders Bemoan Lack of Concern About Terror Threat
These retired and still active senior officer’s views are pretty much mine also. I will just post the article and let these people’s words speak for themselves.

Uncle Jimbo at Blackfive: One Shot, One Squirrel
Bill Ardolino continues his excellent series on Iraqi politics at the Long War Journal.

Pete Hegseth discusses the waning media coverage in Iraq

Otto discusses an NYT piece on out of control soldiers in Afghanistan here.

Megan Ortagus meets up with a Private Ryan in Kuwait on her way to Iraq.

1LT Fishman sends the weekly good news wrap up after the jump …

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February 27, 2008 , 10:31PM Posted by | Afghanistan, Iraq, Military, Military Blogs, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation RAMBO, The Long War, War Effort in Iraq | Comments Off on Operation R.A.M.B.O. – 27 FEB 08