Sunday | March 23, 2003
Geneva convention; logistics
The US has made a mockery of the Geneva Conventions in its prosecution of the war in Afghanistan. With this administration, international law only applies to others. Be it Turkey ("no unilateral attack of Iraq, please!"), or Iraq -- who is now violating the conventions by showing American POWs on television.
The US won't get much sympathy in the world. It so blatantly outclasses Iraq's defenders, in a war without legal sanction, that no one will be too outraged at this turn of events. Indeed, it's clear that the world is rooting for Iraq. Bush has turned the US into the "bad guy". I'm not used to having my country play that role.
What's more significant to me (than the violation of the Geneva Convention) is the way these US forces were captured.
I have written a great deal about logisitics. The US faces the following problems in their logistics efforts:
Well, CNN reports that the 10 captured soldiers were mechanics running behind the armored spearhead. They were part of the logistics chain, and easy pickings for Iraqi troops looking for a big propaganda victory.
There's no way Iraq can face off against our armor and hope to survive long. The Achilles' heel of this operation will continue to be our logistics.
Update:CNN just put this up:
U.S. Marines encountered heavy resistance and have suffered casualties Sunday in fighting near the southeastern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.I called it. But in this case, there's no joy in being correct.
Posted March 23, 2003 08:24 AM | Comments (60)