Thursday, September 28, 2006
Sticky stuff, that flypaper.
I don't know if the flypaper/honey trap set up was part of the original plan for Iraq, but it has certainly worked out that way.
I beleive the number quoted is significantly understated. I imagine that more that 4000 foreign fighters went down in fallujah alone.
I remember reading an article on DefenseLink.mil (DOD's web site) in 2000 (before Bush was even elected) that discussed at length the terrorist flypaper theory for Iraq. About how islamists worldwide would be unable to resist the "affront" of a "western-occupied" arab capital, especially one with as much history and significance as Baghdad.
Note: Iraq war was as legal as any war has ever been. Not only were the Baath in serious violation of their cease-fire terms, but they fired on our airplanes legally patrolling airspace almost daily, they were in violation of a number of UN resolutions (not that I put much stock in that), and it was specifically made a duty of the US govt (in 1998, signed by Klinton, never acted upon - look it up) to remove the threat posed by Saddam. So don't give me that "questionably-legal war" bull.
Can't find the article after defenselink.mil removed a bunch of access.
TigerHawk, you need to clarify your views on this one. And anyway, the number needs context. Do you think the terroristsw are operating at/above/below replacement level? Remember Mr. Micawber: annual income 2,000 pounds, etc...