Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Bomb kills 14 U.S. Marines in Iraq - Yahoo! News

Bomb kills 14 U.S. Marines in Iraq - Yahoo! News: "BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Insurgents blew up a U.S. assault vehicle in western
Iraq on Wednesday, killing 14 Marines and a civilian interpreter in the deadliest roadside bomb attack against American forces since the war began."

I miss SG and his provocative views on these subjects. Do you feel safer from terrorists today? Do Londoners? Are we safer?

My answers are no, no, and no.


Blogger Richard Wolfe said...

Today's NY Times coverage of the last few Iraq bombs confirms they've (again) upped the ante in terms of (1) explosive force (2 armored Humvees with all killed, plus flipping over a 25-ton amphibious assault vehicle), (2) use of techniques for shaping charges observed in Hezbollah bombings in Israel, (3) used 500-pound Russian airborne bomb in ground detonation outside allied military base near Baghdad, (4) use of secondary charges that have injured follow-on investigators, and (5) use of fake roadside IEDs to lure out American troops.

It's interesting also that US troops are still far and away the target of choice, despite recent speculation that the emphasis might be shifting to diplomats, Sunni politicians, etc.

August 04, 2005 7:35 AM  
Blogger Richard Wolfe said...

This link goes to the Department of Defense's official dead and wounded count in Iraq and Afghanistan:

... JIM H: Didn't you use to have the "Cost of War" site listed as a favorite site?

August 04, 2005 9:03 AM  
Blogger Jim H said...

I have heard reports that the insurgents are returning to US troops as targets because of a backlash in the Islamic world that resulted from killing fellow Muslims. Better to focus on the infidels, no?

Regarding "Cost of War"--yeah, I had that link, and then in "improving" the blog template, I deleted the entire link section. When I have some more tinkering time, I'll try to put it back. I'm not exactly an HTML code jockey.

But what I have learned allows me to give you a tip. You can make a link in a comment a "hot" link--i.e. one that you can click--with the following syntax (using your Pentagon page as an example):

American Casualities in Iraq

Substitute the url between the quotation marks, and put the words you want to show in the link in the place where I've put American Casualties in Iraq.

August 04, 2005 9:31 AM  
Blogger Jim H said...

Oops, my example of the syntax was converted so you can't tell what I meant. Here's a link to a Blogger help page that sets forth the syntax:

How to Hotlink

August 04, 2005 9:40 AM  
Blogger psundquist said...

Hello Gentlemen. I've been traveling quite a bit the last few months with only occassional access to a computer and the Internet, hence my tardy participation in the recent dialogue. Regarding the most recent queries I have to agree with Rick -- no, no and no. I'm afraid any terrorist act on the home front would now be considered a success so we are now subject to very small scale, random acts of violence which cannot be guarded against save in a full-time active state of war.

August 07, 2005 10:19 PM  

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