posted on Dec, 6 2004 @ 12:43 PM
As some of you may know I am in and out of Iraq on a fairly frequent basis. I have been operating in the country for almost a year now, with the
majority of my time spent in Baghdad. During this time I have seen a steady decline in the security situation here, to the extent where now it would
be suicide for me to venture out on the streets without a weapon and back up. A stark change from when in January 04 I would regularly eat lunch at
one of the many cafes in Baghdad.
You may ask yourself how things have become so bad in a reletively short period of time. Could it be that the insurgents in the region are more
organised?. Maybe it is that there are more and more foreign fighters coming into the country?. Well......in my opinion there is one main reason that
America is loosing in Iraq.......THE AMERICAN ARMY!
I have given this a lot of thought and here are some of my observations regarding the soldiers on the ground here:
1/ Very few have any form of previous combat experience in a counter insurgency situation.
2/ Large numbers come across as being very arrogant and very dumb.
3/ There appears to be very little leadership or supervision at squad/team level.
4/ An attitude of "I want to kill someone before I leave Iraq" is prevalent.
5/ They have no regard for human life, apart from their own.
6/ Without their vehicles they appear to be unable to operate in any capacity what so ever.
7/ The Rules of Engagement are completely ignored every day.
8/ Some appear to have had no schooling or education of any kind.
9/ There is no desire to try to understand the customs or indeed the people of Iraq.
10/ Many come from National Guard units, who simply are not up to the job out here.
11/ None of them appear to be aware of any plan to bring stability to the country.
Right......I think that thats enough to be getting on with!. What has brought on this outburst????....well I will tell you.
Today at 14.15 I was returning from Baghdad International Airport, having dropped a client at the terminal. I was lead vehicle in a 2 vehicle convoy,
with both vehicles being low profile saloon cars.
Ahead was a HumV patrol, so in accordance with SOPs we kept a distance of 200 meters. After following this patrol for a mile or so at 30 MPH the
civilian traffic on the road became bunched, with my 2 vehicles in lane 3 of a 3 lane highway.
My second vehicle radioed that there were more Humv's approaching at speed from our rear in lane 3. Both our vehicles began to force our way (safely)
into lane 2 to make way for this new patrol. At this point my vehicle was rammed from the rear by the lead HumV. At the same time there was a loud
bang on the roof of my vehicle, which at first I thought was as a result of US gunfire. It transpired that the top gunner in the lead HumV had thrown
a projectile at our car. We were then rammed again as we pulled into a space that had appeared in lane 2.
I then placed the Union Jack in our windscreen to indicate that we were a 'friendly' security patrol. The Top gunners laughed and sped off, but not
before they had rammed 2 other Iraqi vehicles.
This is an example of a typical US Army patrol in Baghdad.
Thank god that the Americans liberated Iraq from a dictatorship!