January 26th, 2007

fashionable

US military caught in lie about Iraqi sneak attack.

Contrary to public statements by the U.S. military, four U.S. soldiers did not die repelling a sneak attack in the city of Karbala last week. Instead, they were surprised by Iraqis dressed like U.S. soldiers, captured, and were later found dead or mortally wounded up to 25 miles away.

In a written statement, the U.S. command reported at the time that five soldiers were killed while "repelling the attack." Now, two senior U.S. military officials as well as Iraqi officials say four of the five were captured and taken from the governor's compound alive. Three of them were found dead and one mortally wounded later that evening in locations as far as 25 miles east of the governor's office.

It doesn't make sense for the military to lie about the captured soldiers from an OPSEC standpoint, as the details on the assault were made available in the first press release.

Doesn't make sense for the military to lie about it in order to keep troop morale high, as details of the sneak attack would've been picked up in communications chatter and would've been either the topic of discussion for soldiers all over Iraq or used as a training lesson -- don't f*ck up like these guys did -- within short order.

Naah. That lie was meant for "the informed citizens", I suspect. Talk about Full Spectrum Dominance... now we're fighting wars against our own civilians!

Debate and discuss:
The concept of Full Spectrum Dominance, which includes control of the information space, is a fundamentally totalitarian and undemocratic doctrine, especially if it is applied to the information space back home.