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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Mosul Attack: Suicide Bomber

The attack on an Army mess hall near Mosul, which resulted in the deaths of 24 Americans, including 13 soldiers, was apparently carried out by a suicide bomber.

How could a suicide bomber infiltrate a U.S. facility?

It's clear the Iraqi insurgents are getting bolder. Also, they seem to possess accurate intelligence on our operation, as they've carried out attack after attack on our troops and they seem to know the details of our movements within Iraq. Yet we don't know much about the insurgents. Is there some sort of central organization? Where are they operating from? What are they going to do on Jan. 30 when Iraq's elections will be held?

The commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq, Brig. Gen. Carter Ham, took responsibility for the bombing (unlike our civilian leadership, who refuse to take responsibility for anything). Ham told CNN, "Clearly in this instance I failed to identify some shortcoming that allowed this to occur." Ham also said, "It is very difficult to conceive that this would be the act of a lone individual. It would seem to me reasonable to assume that this was a mission perhaps some time in the planning, days perhaps."

Somehow, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and the civilian leadership at the Pentagon failed to anticipate the uprising of insurgents following the "Mission Accomplished" speech President Bush gave on May 1, 2003, aboard the USS Abe Lincoln.

When will Rumsfeld pull his head out of his ass and take the time to thoroughly analyze the situation in Iraq? Maybe he'll even listen to the uniformed commanders on the group who have been warning him about the difficulties of fighting off a determined insurgency. Rummy will be warm and comfortable in his home during the Christmas holiday, while our troops in Iraq will be on the alert for yet another unanticipated attack by insurgents determined to kill off as many Americans -- and Iraqis -- as they can.

It boggles the mind that Donald Rumsfeld gets to keep his job. Can you imagine if the president was a Democrat instead of a Republican? The chorus of voices demanding Rumsfeld's resignation would have been deafening.

Here's hoping Donald Rumsfeld's New Year's resolution is to retire.



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