November 8, 2004
A second opinion . . .
In light of reader concerns that I was giving too much away, I emailed my former boss, who now works at the Pentagon, and is a Marine Major, and asked him what he thought. His response:
"Good site. Having been in on the planning of the April attack, and
follow-on planning afterwards, I don't think your website is giving
anything away that any intelligent individual who studies military history
couldn't figure out. You are just providing a forum to "explain" some of what
is going on. Oh, and to your estimate of 1 week to clear Fallujah, I
would study the battle of Hue City during the TET offensive. I would say
more like a month. Don't forget the effects of mines & booby traps on rates
of advance. Also, look at what happened last time we went into Fallujah,
especially outside of the city. One of your contributors asked "how
can the insurgents be leaving the city in advance of the assault"? Simple.
There just aren't enough forces to cordon off the area. Think about trying
to shut down Fredericksburg, VA, while still allowing traffic to flow
along 95 and Route 1. Just my 2 cents worth."
I hope that alleviates some concerns . . .
Posted by Chester at November 8, 2004 7:09 AM
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