A sad bit of trivia popped up in the news today.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. military deaths from hostile fire in Iraq (news – web sites) have reached a grim landmark with the post-war toll surpassing the number of troops killed during the invasion itself.
Now a lot of people are going to tell you that this is significant. I’m going to tell you that it was inevitable and the administration told you this in the very beginning. Do you remember back before the invasion how we were told that the urban street fighting would be the hardest part and the part where the risk of casualties was the greatest? That’s where we are right now.
I know, you envisioned the urban combat to be more conventional like with the US and UK military still in full combat mode. I did too and I believe so did the military, still just because we thought the enemy would use a certain tactic during this phase of the war to defend Baghdad that doesn’t mean that he had to use that tactic. The enemy is using the tactic of a terrorist. That really shouldn’t surprise us either. Isn’t this suppose to be a war on terrorism?