Fallujah, the Morning After

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Bing West has an interesting piece in Slate entitled “Fallujah, the Morning After.” Here’s the ending:

Militarily, the battle of Fallujah was an unqualified success. Zarqawi has been deprived of his sanctuary. He will spend more time on the run and have less time to blow up and decapitate people. His followers have been hit hard, many killed and others uprooted. Just today, an Egyptian, a Yemenite, and a Sudanese crawled out from the rubble and surrendered.

“We were surprised the irhabeen (terrorists) fell so quickly,” said Hassan Lafta, a sergeant in the Iraqi army sent to Fallujah.

After lynching the Americans on the Euphrates bridge, the fundamentalists painted an Arabic verse on the right trestle. It read: Fallujah–Graveyard of the American Marine Corps.

On the left trestle, in thick black paint a Marine had scrawled a newer inscription. It read:

“This is for the Americans of Blackwater
murdered here in 2004.
Semper Fidelis, 3/5 Dark Horse”

West and his son, Owen, have an interesting website, too.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2004, Military Affairs
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.