Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Sound and Fury

More pearls of wisdom from Ralph Peters:

That last point is a good note on which to end as we await the congressional circus. Anyone who's served in the Army or Marines knows that, while mortars require skilled operators to deliver accurate fire, they're among the easiest weapons to use if all you want to do is make a noise and get attention.

In other words, those mortar attacks on the Green Zone were the equivalent of the questions Gen. Petraeus is going to face: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Sound and fury:
Army Maj. Stuart Wolfer exercised in the military fitness center Sunday inside the U.S.-protected Green Zone in Baghdad.

As the father of three worked out, he was killed by rockets launched into the heavily protected area.

Sound and Fury:
A Valley man has been killed in Iraq. Col. Stephen Scott, assigned to the 356th Quartermaster Battalion in Laurel, Mississippi, was an employee of Redstone Arsenal and a native of St. Louis.

He was a decorated man with an impressive military background.

On Sunday, Scott was killed in Baghdad's Green Zone.

And on April 7, the very day of Ralph Peters' column, more Sound and Fury:
Suspected Shiite militants lobbed rockets and mortar shells into the American-protected Green Zone and a military base elsewhere in Baghdad yesterday, killing three American troops and wounding 31, officials said.

Maybe Ralph Peters can explain to the families of these soldiers that their deaths signified nothing.


Ali said...

no more whinging!

Grace Nearing said...

Maybe I'm overinterpreting Peters' remarks, but it sure does sound like someone has a bad case of lone superpower arrogance. A US soldier killed by a haphazardly aimed mortar is just as dead as an insurgent killed by a 1500-lb bomb that costs $600,000.

The only difference is that the insurgent attack is much more cost-effective.