Monday, September 24, 2007

U.S.: Iran Smuggling Missiles and Other Advanced Weapons Into Iraq

BAGHDAD — "The U.S. military accused Iran on Sunday of smuggling surface-to-air missiles and other advanced weapons into Iraq for use against American troops.

Military spokesman Rear Adm. Mark Fox said U.S. troops were continuing to find Iranian-supplied weaponry including the Misagh 1, a portable surface-to-air missile that uses an infrared guidance system.

Other advanced Iranian weaponry found in Iraq includes the RPG-29 rocket-propelled grenade, 240 mm rockets and armor-piercing roadside bombs known as explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, Fox said."

Wow. The enemy is beginning to use modern weapons and certain of our military leaders are whining. Whining? I hate whining. It began with all the talk about IED's. Improvised Explosive Devices. Here's a clue for the clueless; ALL explosive devices are improvised unless there's a hand grenade tree I was unaware of. It was all well and good when we thought ourselves to be fighting 7th Century barbarians. Foes who'd sneak from a cave in the dead of night to do mischief then return to whatever haven they came. And we got sloppy. Slumbering snuggly in a warm cocoon of invincibility. Forgetting that modern armament was there for the taking if one had the resources to obtain them. Whoops...the enemy is fighting back? Our bad.

If Iranian arms, with the blessing of the Iranian government, are filtering into Iraq then deal with it. This is so bloody typical of the brass, to whinge aloud that all of their fantasmagorical plans are being ruined because the foe cheated and came at us on our terms. It bothers me that certain of the higher ups have decreed that it is OUR sole divine right to remain superior on the battlefield, so come at us with sticks and stones while we dial up our super dee duper computer driven guns of war and annihilate all comers without breaking a sweat. We were slow to change tactics and have replaced forward thinking with backward bitching and its starting to piss me off.

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