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Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:46:46 PM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/10/us/fallujas-fall-stuns-marines-who-fought-there.html?hp&_r=1

Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There

By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr.JAN. 9, 2014

Adam Banotai was a 21-year-old sergeant and squad leader in the Marine Corps during the 2004 invasion of Falluja, a restive insurgent-held city in Iraq. His unit — which had seven of 17 men wounded by shrapnel or bullets in the first days of the invasion — seized control of the government center early in the campaign.

So when Sunni insurgents, some with allegiances to Al Qaeda, retook the city this month and raised their black insurgent flag over buildings where he and his men fought, he was transfixed, disbelieving and appalled.

“I texted a couple of friends,” said Mr. Banotai, now a firefighter and registered nurse in Pennsylvania. “Everyone was in disbelief.”

“I don’t think anyone had the grand illusion that Falluja or Ramadi was going to turn into Disneyland, but none of us thought it was going to fall back to a jihadist insurgency,” he said. “It made me sick to my stomach to have that thrown in our face, everything we fought for so blatantly taken away.”


The bloody mission to wrest Falluja from insurgents in November 2004 meant more to the Marines than almost any other battle in the 12 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many consider it the corps’ biggest and most iconic fight since Vietnam, with nearly 100 Marines and soldiers killed in action and hundreds more wounded.


“Lives were wasted, and now everyone back home sees that,” said James Cathcart. He fought as a private first class in the Marines in Falluja in 2004, and was discharged with post-traumatic stress disorder. Matthew Staver for The New York Times


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Re: Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2014, 04:20:48 PM »
The reason this is happening is because the Obama Administration not only failed but deliberately undercut the Status of Forces Agreement that led to a total withdrawal of forces from Iraq.  Over 8,000 civilians were killed last year in the mounting sectarian violence and the long predicted fragmentation of Iraq into Sunni, Shia and Kurdish controlled states is imminent.

The same thing is about to happen in Afghanistan, where according to former Defense Secretary Bob Gates, Obama personally tried to overthrow Karzai in a failed putsch, likely dooming the prospects for any SOFA there as well, and setting the stage for a renewed Taliban bloodbath.

It takes a while for History to catch up and decide what a President's legacy really is, but the slaughter all over the Middle East can be laid at the feet of only one man...


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Re: Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 06:08:09 PM »
The reason this is happening is because the Obama Administration not only failed but deliberately undercut the Status of Forces Agreement that led to a total withdrawal of forces from Iraq.  Over 8,000 civilians were killed last year in the mounting sectarian violence and the long predicted fragmentation of Iraq into Sunni, Shia and Kurdish controlled states is imminent.

The same thing is about to happen in Afghanistan, where according to former Defense Secretary Bob Gates, Obama personally tried to overthrow Karzai in a failed putsch, likely dooming the prospects for any SOFA there as well, and setting the stage for a renewed Taliban bloodbath.

It takes a while for History to catch up and decide what a President's legacy really is, but the slaughter all over the Middle East can be laid at the feet of only one man...



Why, GWB, of course!


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