Thursday, July 14, 2005

"Trusted Lieutenant" Watch....

From Reuters:
Washington said overnight that its forces had captured a senior Zarqawi lieutenant for the city of Baghdad.

General Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told PBS television Monday's capture of Abu Abd Al-Aziz, whom he called Zarqawi's "main leader in Baghdad", was "going to hurt that operation of Zarqawi's pretty significantly".
This insurgency seems to be graduating more lieutenants than West Point, doesn't it?

As of today, TCR is starting a "Trusted Lieutenant Watch." Every time we get yet another of these absurd announcements trumpeting the "significant capture" of a "main leader", it will be noted in this space with appropriate derision.

Bin Laden. Al-Zawahiri. Zarqawi. Work on those for awhile and get back to us. Until then, we don't care.

It's not fun to quote the guys we're fighting, but in that Reuters report was this statement by Zarqawi's group about the capture: "Every time they arrest wanted brothers, they claim that he is a senior leader."

And that about says it all, eh?

47 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Capturing lieutenants is good. Unfortunately, there are many, many, many more to fill the hole.

7/14/2005 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm wondering, what is the order of rank among militan islamists? Are they all lieutenants except for the top 3, are there any sergeants, generals, corporals? what does it take to become an LT? if you're just a suicide bomber are you given a rank, or perhaps a medal post-pieces? Or are they content to just have their 72 virgins...

7/14/2005 12:10 PM  
Anonymous m osman said...

people are wiseing up on the theory of asymmetric terrorism we've heard enough about 'cells' to know that there is no centralized leadership. Lets concentrate on the footsoldiers and backers.

7/14/2005 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree.

What's in a title? At some businesses, everyone is a manager.

I'm just surprised they are so organized with an organizational chart and all. I think of these groups more like gangs, thugs, they have a pecking order, but I wasn't aware that it was so formal.

7/14/2005 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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7/14/2005 2:10 PM  
Anonymous ctbill said...

Sad topic, funny post.

7/14/2005 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Norm204 said...

I don't find any humor in this
post. Suicide bombers are brainwashed humans. Terrorists who
popup, kill, and disappear are not
brave. I don't read or see enough
respect for those Iraqi's who,
despite being killed, kidnapped
and beheaded, keep filling the
ranks of municipal and governmental
positions. I think courage is being an Iraqi cop, standing in the
middle of the street with a big
target on his/her back. I don't
think I have that much courage...so
I tip my hat to them all...fuck the
terrorists...I hope they all rot in
hell.

7/14/2005 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this enhanced titling must be laughable to the insurgents. To find out that ol' Joe-Bob is actually a key leader of your organization must make for a good smirk back in Ramadi. It just highlights how little we know and how desperate we are for points.

As for the humor in the post - if you can't find some humor in this stuff (and you are in the middle of it) you'll go nuts. It helps you get through the next day (or the next 30 seconds).

Keep up the good work, habibi.

7/14/2005 10:13 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Sadly, I think even if we were to capture bin laden and zirqawi and that other guy, someone else would step in and take over. I get the feeling that this war will never end. It's like the old thing about chinese. you never run out of them.

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Anonymous m osman said...

yeah mark is right. But taking the Money sources and philosophical leaders do make a difference.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

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