Here’s a AP/MSNBC story on the families of the Marine unit that’s been in the thick of things for months and has suffered greatly for it.
Here’s another that points out that though Marines make up only 17% of the force in Iraq, they’ve suffered 29% of the deaths.
U.S. officials have long complained that American forces seize Sunni areas only to have Iraqi authorities lose them again to the insurgents once American troops leave. Despite those complaints, the Bush administration is talking about handing more security responsibility to the Iraqis and drawing down forces next year.
At the Pentagon, Brig. Gen. Carter Ham said similar operations were under way in several communities at once, to prevent insurgents from skipping to towns without a strong U.S. presence.
He suggested the attacks on the Marines were the insurgents’ response to their stepped-up operations.
I fully support the idea of handing over security to Iraqis, but only if they can handle it. The theory that increased insurgent attacks is in response to stepped-up operations on our part is believable, but I’ve got to think I’m not the only one tiring of that line of reasoning.
And one last note about the article on the families of the 3-25 Marines: You may not agree with everything they say or how they say it. That’s fine. They can say whatever they want. They’re the ones who have lost a husband or a brother or a son.