Thursday, March 16, 2006

What's Old Is New Again....

Given its history in military nomenclature, the name of our latest operation in Iraq seems a bit ironic:

U.S. forces, joined by Iraqi troops, on Thursday launched the largest air assault since the U.S.-led invasion, targeting insurgent strongholds north of the capital, the military said.

The U.S. military said the offensive dubbed Operation Swarmer was aimed at clearing "a suspected insurgent operating area" northeast of Samarra and was expected to continue over several days.

Associated Press, March 16, 2006

This week, 32,000 U.S. troops will begin dropping in parachutes or landing in troop-carrier planes on the green hills around Fort Bragg and Camp Mackall, N.C. Jet fighters will whisk overhead, giving them air cover. Cargo planes will fly in with all their supplies, for "Operation Swarmer" is designed to prove that a combat area, e.g., an island base for strategic bombers, can be taken and held by airborne troops entirely supplied by air. Operation Swarmer will also demonstrate something more important: the nation's unpreparedness.

Time, May 1, 1950



Anonymous Anonymous said...

It should have been:

Operation Fix My Falling Polling Numbers

Maybe that was too long

3/16/2006 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the right time for China to take Taiwan.

3/16/2006 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, is there someone at the Pentagon who has a full-time, well-paid job coming up with these operations' names? If so, I would like that position removed. My tax dollars should not go to stuff like that.

Second, this operation belongs on the border of Afghanistan/Pakiston.

3/16/2006 9:41 PM  
Blogger 277fia said...

"A pianist played as representatives of Iraq's main ethnic and religious blocs - many in traditional Arab and Kurdish dress - filed into a convention center behind the concrete blast walls of the heavily fortified Green Zone for parliament's first meeting."

In the middle of a story about bombing yet another Iraqi city and civil war breaking out all over Iraq, the reporter noted that a pianist played music. I'm not sure what to make of the news.

3/17/2006 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This sounds like something involving bees or a really bad B-grade movie from Hollywood.

3/17/2006 9:31 AM  
Blogger 277fia said...

C.R., Newsflash: Mrs Panstreppon's new blog is named "In Hyacinth's Corner" (after the shorty story). Today, she scooped everyone on the internet with a report on Mitchell Wade's (of MZM and Duke Cunningham fame) phony foundation and its ties to the White House. Laura Rozen is impressed!

Yesterday, she exposed Arianna's financial ties to major right winger, Ted Forstmann, and explained how Forstmann and the Walton family probably funneled money to the Bush campaign through the Parents in Charge foundation.

3/17/2006 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New name has emerged for the military operation:

Operation Fucking Fake or O.F.F.

3/17/2006 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring Them Back

Bring them back from Iraq
'Cause they never should have gone there
It was wrong all along to attack
And the price we'll pay is high there
They shouldn't have to die there
Bring them back from Iraq, bring them back

3/18/2006 8:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some interesting reports coming out about this operation, everything from it was a propaganda ploy to increase Bush's poll numbers, to it ain't much of anything.

Time had to say, "On Scene: How Operation Swarmer Fizzled"

Time had one of the best issues covering the start-up of the war.

3/18/2006 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Murtha was saying the same thing: "Administration Claims Of Winning The War, Blaming The Media Repeat Vietnam-Era Mistakes"

3/19/2006 12:56 PM  
Blogger jim in austin said...

I believe it was an expensive photo-op that was supposed to segue in the President's zero-content pronouncements from the Rose Garden this morning upon the third anniversary of Operation Stumbling Cluster Fuck. I'm sure the irony is lost on them...

3/19/2006 3:34 PM  
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