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posted at 10:47 pm on November 30, 2007 by Allahpundit

Sgt. First Class James Litchford, 43, from Hattiesburg, Miss., said he would plan a frontal assault on a major U.S. base. The attackers should grab the Americans “by the belt,” he said — that is, get so close to the base so fast that the defenders wouldn’t dare use air strikes or artillery for fear of hitting their own men. Then the insurgents would swarm through the base defenses, he said.”

All you’ve got to do is overrun it,” he said. “You don’t have to hold it.” The news media would do the rest, he said, boosting the insurgents’ standing in Afghanistan and damaging morale back in the U.S.

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Grabbing the soldiers belt,ah is from Vietnam,
no!

canopfor on November 30, 2007 at 11:04 PM

So you set up a good old fashion trebouche and start lobbing dead pigs into the middle of the fray.

At the very least, it’ll make it entertaining.

CurtZHP on November 30, 2007 at 11:05 PM

Hoping for a Cronkite/Tet moment. . . I’m sure the (anti)American Media would oblige.

MCPO Airdale on November 30, 2007 at 11:14 PM

“You don’t have to hold it.” The news media would do the rest, he said, boosting the insurgents’ standing in Afghanistan and damaging morale back in the U.S.

Let’s not forget the Dems – they’d hate to not be part of the fun.

Rick on November 30, 2007 at 11:17 PM

All you’ve got to do is overrun it,” he said. “You don’t have to hold it.” The news media would do the rest

Ain’t that the truth, I often wonder how todays media would have covered the Battle of the Bulge. I expect half of FDR’s administration would resign or be in jail.

Oh wait, democrats, never mind.

conservnut on November 30, 2007 at 11:22 PM

It’s like reading a script from some post apocalyptic movie.

Kini on November 30, 2007 at 11:22 PM

Hoping for a Cronkite/Tet moment. . . I’m sure the (anti)American Media would oblige.

MCPO Airdale on November 30, 2007 at 11:14 PM

I wouldn’t put it past the media (and democrats who are getting desperate) to -er- plant(tm) the idea.

(tm)plant is an unregistered trademark of CNN ‘undecided voter’ selecction panel…..

CrazyFool on November 30, 2007 at 11:24 PM

“Being an insurgent would be so easy.” Capt. Chris Rowe finished his thought: “All you have to do is not screw up, and, even if you do, you just blame it on the Americans.”

TheBigOldDog on November 30, 2007 at 11:36 PM

Let’s not forget the Dems – they’d hate to not be part of the fun.

Rick on November 30, 2007 at 11:17 PM

The dems don’t want to end the wars, they want to be able to keep milking it for political points. They have no integrity whatsoever.

libertytexan on December 1, 2007 at 12:08 AM

Old school thinking to say the least. There doesn’t even have to be insurgents or an attack. The press will make the entire thing up and even provide doctored pictures to boot.

Buzzy on December 1, 2007 at 12:29 AM

Sounds like this guy has broken all etiquette and gone strait to the “double-dog dare”. It would be fun for our guys if they tried this and it would put more of the bad guys in one place for efficient disposal. Is there actually a downside to this? Anyone? Does anybody really think that they could assemble a force with sufficient numbers, firepower and coordination to pull this off on more than a small patrol even?
Red rover, red rover, send Achmed on over!!

TBinSTL on December 1, 2007 at 12:54 AM

It’s comforting to know we have intelligent men like Capt. Helmer teaching our troops but it is just as
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discomforting to know we have some higher up giving him orders to learn Arabic to go to Afghanistan.

Even Capt. Helmer’s orders to Afghanistan included the mistaken, but telling, instruction to take a course in Arabic — a language spoken in Iraq, but not in Afghanistan.

abinitioadinfinitum on December 1, 2007 at 12:55 AM

Wall Street Journal: Nice to know the big money interests are on our side — not.

infidel4life on December 1, 2007 at 1:20 AM

that is, get so close to the base so fast that the defenders wouldn’t dare use air strikes or artillery for fear of hitting their own men.

Don’t they have BeeHive rounds anymore?

If they don’t, they might want to get some.

MB4 on December 1, 2007 at 2:45 AM

Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Nash, a 40-year-old instructor from Hillsboro, Ore., agreed but had a broader take. “Think about what the insurgents are trying to tell the populace — that the coalition is the infidel,” he told the students.

I hope that he is leaning Espanol.
He is going to need it when he gets back to Hillsboro.

MB4 on December 1, 2007 at 2:58 AM

Sad fact:

The old media has had us by the belt for years. Hopefully with the help of the alternative media, we can push these
“propagando-insurgents” back out of the wire.

If we could some how win the hearts and minds of the MSM we just may have a strategic upper hand.

TheSitRep on December 1, 2007 at 3:08 AM

The same tactic was used in Vietnam. The Vietcong would appear out of the jungle on one side near the end of our runway then dash across it only to disappear into the jungle on the other side. The headline: Airbase Overrun by Hanoi Troops.

With this type of hysterical and slanted reporting continuing today, any rational person would have to come to the conclusion that either our media is either incredibly stupid or consciously working to the further the goals of our enemies.

I think it’s a combination of both. When you’ve come to hate your government with such passion and believe that, as a media professional, it’s your moral duty to effect social change and governmental policies, you’ll always promote that which furthers your agenda while denigrating and questioning that which proves you wrong.

Rod on December 1, 2007 at 8:13 AM

groups of 60 people have been attending intensive, five-day sessions in plywood classrooms in the corner of a U.S. base here,

I hope they didn’t vote to name the class teddy bear “Mohammed”, then the MSM would create their own Tet out of it.

andycanuck on December 1, 2007 at 8:43 AM

Given, we pray for wisdom and the well being of our troops.

N.B. coincidence
Since the MSM has failed to force a true American public outrage over the Iraqi involvement where we are now doing well instead of “losing” 1) the MSM write that we don’t care about Iraq any more; 2) and using transference, now write damning incriminations to flare American public outrage about US supposed failure in Afghanistan.

The REAL STORY to recognize is that we American thinkers are truly empowered because WE DO NOT BUY PROPAGANDA–the MSM DO NOT OWN OUR MINDS.

The MSM is smarting, and continue to exhibit an inbred vendetta against Americans who think. “Curses, foiled again!”

I, FOR ONE, WILL NOT FORGIVE THE MSM FOR RUINING OUR ZEITGEIST WITH INCESSANT DEFEATIST TSUNAMI AIRWAVE ATTACKS.

Simply read through the “message” at all times. Everyone uses propaganda; so, those who manufacture their own lies as truths MUST be recognized. For survival, citizens require perception and memory to counter the perpetual onslaught. Never weary, never tire–impossible; that is what drives on the MSM, eventually we will be assimilated.

Not necessarily.

Not I.

maverick muse on December 1, 2007 at 9:08 AM

No soup for you.

johnnyU on December 1, 2007 at 9:55 AM

Curt, you wouldn’t even need real pigs, these idiots are so superstious that you could use plush toy pigs and teddy bears (named Mohammed) and get the same scattering effect. It’d be like a Monty Python movie “RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!”

Tony737 on December 1, 2007 at 10:07 AM