[Marxism] US military situation perilous

Richard Menec menecraj at shaw.ca
Fri Apr 30 12:37:30 MDT 2004

The Magazine of Future Warfare
May Issue, 2004

Carlton Meyer editor at G2mil.com 

A careful reader of the limited news coming out of Iraq will discover 
the US military situation is perilous and a few more bad moves could 
send the US Army and Marines retreating back to Kuwait in the 
same manner they fled southward 54 years ago in Korea.  That was 
when a million Chinese foot soldiers suddenly appeared and attacked 
as overextended US forces approached the Chinese border.  
American firepower, airpower, and technology was unable to 
compensate for the confusion and lack of supplies for American 
ground troops.

The main problem in Iraq today is the massive logistics effort 
required to sustain US Forces at over a hundred dispersed camps.  
Over 95% of supplies arrive by ship, and the closest major seaport 
is in Kuwait.  This means everything must be hauled hundreds of 
miles over war torn roads among hostile natives.  This is far more 
difficult than Vietnam, which had a long coastline where supplies 
could be dropped off.  A recent article by Tom Ricks of the 
Washington Post noted that most convoys are attacked, and that 
soldiers must stop to check each bridge for explosives because 
there is not enough manpower to guard them.  Other reporters tell 
of recently destroyed bridges, forcing convoys to travel on 
secondary roads which doubles their travel time.  In addition, 
many civilian truck drivers have refused to drive and many foreign 
logistics contractors have left Iraq.


Sensational reporting by Arab television networks has aroused 
anti-American hatred throughout the Arab world.  The religious 
co-leaders of unstable Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa (a law) urging 
Muslims to use "all means" to stop what it called "the fierce 
onslaught" on Muslims by "occupation forces" in Iraq.  It "urges 
every fair person among Muslims and others in the world to 
denounce this fierce onslaught and strive by all means to stop it 
and punish those responsible for it", said the fatwa, carried by the 
Saudi state SPA news agency.  This was not reported by American 
media, and the effect is difficult to measure, but worrisome enough 
that the US government immediately ordered all non-essential US 
citizens to leave Saudi Arabia.  President Bush further infuriated 
Arabs by announcing that he would not seek an agreement to end 
the Israeli occupation of Arab land, but will support whatever 
Israel wants to do. 

As a result, Iraq has become a magnet for young, adventurous 
jihadists from Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Iran whose leaders have 
begun to openly voice disapproval of the situation.  Iran has a 
population of 70 million, compared to 25 million in Iraq.  If one 
million armed Iranians slip across the border and attack American 
infidels, the US may have to retreat.  Anyone who thinks this is 
implausible should read about the US Army's embarrassing retreat 
from North Korea in 1950.  Army Generals were extremely 
optimistic, dismissive of their enemy,  and thought airpower could 
always protect them.  This historical document: Staff Operations: 
The X Corps in Korea, December 1950  includes these comments:

"It seemed as if the war was winding to a successful close.  So sure 
were Almond and his staff of the enemy's weakness that they thinned 
forces across the entire front.  Almond told officers of one regiment: 
"We're still attacking and we're going all the way to the Yalu. Don't 
let a bunch of Chinese laundrymen stop you."  That regiment was 
overrun a few days later, by Chinese laundrymen.   

Full:  http://www.g2mil.com/May2004.htm

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