[Marxism] The U.S. defeat in Fallujah
dwalters at igc.org
Sat May 1 16:30:36 MDT 2004
"What the United States forces were attempting to do was to retake the
political-military offensive against the growing insurgency basing
itself on what it imagined was a strengthened political position based
on the agreement of Iraqi collaborationists to the rules for a quisling
"sovereign" government after June 30. This, in turn, would set the
stage for consolidating U.S. domination under "sovereign" control."
Hate to be a kill-joy here, but I don't agree. This "retreat" in no-way
represents a "defeat" for the US. In the sense that they can't roam
around Fallujah like tourists, sure, you can call it that. There is no
question that from a military point of view, the US can obliterate
Fallujah in about one hour. It can kill most or all of it's inhabitants
and occupy the rubble. It was considered since despite the risings in
other towns, Fallujah represents the heart of the uprising.
It could even try to do it on the ground, via the 8,000 or so troops,
take a few hundred causalities, and try to drive the armed people of
the town out. In WWII or Korea, this would be acceptable, even a few
thousands total casualties [killed and wounded] on part of the US.
*Politically* it is unacceptable. Ergo the quislings arrive. The US is
not 'beating it's tail' east to Bagdad, it's pulling back, *forces
intact*, waiting to see if the quisling can pull this off. Politically
the more civilian deaths that are inflicted is a setback for what the
US can do *militarily*. This is why all the nonsense on the Internet
about the "Vietnam syndrome" being gone is so much malarky... it's 100%
about the Vietnam Syndrome. The "VS" has been adopted by the military
as a political doctrine NEVER to be veered from and fought completely
within it's paradigm. Thus the "100 hour war" during the first Gulf
War. Thus the emphasis on low casualties in this one. Thus the fact
that they haven't obliterated Fallujah from the map, which they would
of done in Vietnam in a second.
So the US imperialist ground forces are simply regrouping, letting the
"political" alternative to a military onslaught play itself out. I
wouldn't be flashing any 'V' signs just yet...
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