Thursday, July 10, 2008

Washington Post Doing Its Part to Help the Insurgents

Here we go again. You need only read any newspaper lately to know that we are making tremendous victories against the insurgents. How? Why? Lately every story has revealed some secret information, whether it is the names of interrogators or in the case of this story, reveals the tactics and techniques of the enemy in order to give them information on the effectiveness of those tactics. Why you would almost think the media is trying to encourage the insurgents to continue their struggle?
U.S. military officials in Baghdad have noted the use of rocket-propelled bombs in press releases in recent months. But they have not publicly discussed their use or their concerns about the weapons at length because most of the information about them is classified, U.S. military officials said.
So of course the reporter goes on to fill in the blanks. Gee with friends like this who needs enemies?

And here is some nice information on page 2 of the story.
Most such attacks have been carried out during the day and some have been videotaped and aired on the satellite television station operated by Hezbollah, a Lebanese militia and political movement. U.S. military officials said they have found Iranian-made 107mm rockets at some of the blast sites, which they said suggests the weapons -- or parts -- may have come from Iran.
So Hezbollah is now a "Lebanese militia and political movement" huh? Just like the Democrats. Well they would be if the Democrats supported gun ownership that is.

The weapon in question is called an IRAM (Improvised Rocket Assisted Munitions).
They are propane tanks packed with hundreds of pounds of explosives and powered by 107mm rockets. They are often fired by remote control from the backs of trucks, sometimes in close succession.
While the article talks about how deadly these devices are the only deaths so far seem to be from these devices accidentally going off and killing people in the proximity to the trucks which carry them. There have been very few successful attacks and in fact there have been more found unused then have actually used, but the Washington Post would like the insurgents to please keep trying, because after all, we all know if at first you don't succeed try, try again.

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