On Morning Edition today Inskeep
- "...and then kill or capture the leaders of those terrorist networks."
- "...this deep in the operation we’ve killed or captured about a 180 of the insurgents…"
The point of the interview where Inskeep really earns his medal comes when he asks General Lynch,
"As your troops have gone from town to town has anybody come out of their house and said, 'Where’ve you been?'"Lynch can barely contain his glee as he chuckles,
"Yes, as a matter of fact they have, and they say, ‘We’re glad you’re here,’ and then they say, ‘are you staying?'"God, those Iraqis just love us. After Shock 'n Awe, Abu Ghraib, and Haditha who could blame them. But for those few Iraqi dead-enders and those in the last throes, the only worry most Iraqis have is that the US military might go home before the job's done in, say, 25 or 50 years.
(Oh, and the graphic above - Maj. Gen. Lynch'em said without any sense of the ironic that US operations in Iraq were like "three dimensional chess in the dark." I'll say!)