Thursday, November 18, 2004

Military Assessment: Marine Officers See Risk in Cuts in Falluja Force

I don't know why I read this as I only got to the third paragraph and read:

"The pessimistic analysis is contained in a seven-page classified report..."

Assuming "classified" means "not for public dissemination", I conclude it was leaked. Also, I question whether these types of analyses are by nature "pessimistic", and if so, then the direness of the article is misplaced.

Further in, a senior Marine officer says, ".....the tactital intel is almost always more dour than that done at the strategic level."

Dour is certainly a description very close in meaning to "pessimistic", and as such, makes the report typical and unworthy of extra emphasisi due to its pessimicity.

But the proof I waste my time (reading it and then blogging it!) is sourcing for the report:

"Details of the report and some of its verbatim findings were provided to The New York Times this week by four active-duty or retired military officers in Iraq and Washington who have read the report or heard descriptions of it. "

So the NYT ran this front-pager on four military officers who have either read the report or heard about it????

What is the name of that children's game where one person whispers a statement in the ear of the person next to them, and then that person whispers it to the one next to him and so on until it reaches the final person as a completely different statement?

I wonder how far removed at least one of the four was in this adult-version fo the game?

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