April 13, 2008

Published in City Journal — Hope for Iraq’s Meanest City

Fallujah is strange, sullen, wild-eyed, badass, and just plain mean,

Posted by Michael J. Totten at April 13, 2008 4:20 PM
Bravo! Nicely done.
Posted by: Lindsey at April 13, 2008 10:56 pm
The Fallujans who embraced the insurgency were foolhardy, too: had they looked at what similarly-minded Islamist totalitarians had done to Afghanistan, they would have known what hell awaited them at the insurgents
Posted by: Solomon2 at April 14, 2008 11:13 am
I think you're right about Fallujah. In OIF I, when we were aimlessly patrolling Baghdad with no guidance whatsoever, I can recall at least three occasion when an Iraqi, without being prompted, approached me and said that "bad men are gathering in Fallujah" or something to that effect. If it happened a few times with me, then I'm sure that it happened hundreds of times across the entire division. I always passed it along to the intel folks, but I don't think it sunk in. We didn't send a brigade to Fallujah until it was apparent that the city had already begun an inevitable slide into chaos.
Posted by: Saint in Exile at April 14, 2008 11:35 pm
A bit superficial by MT's usual standards, but all in all good stuff. And even the "generalizations" are meaty and based on real experience.
Posted by: Brian H at April 15, 2008 2:38 am
Somehow, much of the best stuff is stuff I've seen somewhere before ... haven't I?
Congrats on getting it published!
Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad at April 15, 2008 11:09 am
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