Friday, March 17, 2006

Operation Yammer

I mean Operation Swarmer. Does anyone else think it's unfortunate that the military was talking and talking about how they were about to do this big airborne invasion of a chunk of Iraq near Samarra before they actually did it? If the plan was to catch people, shouldn't the whole thing have been a little bit of a surprise?

By all accounts, 1,500 American and Iraqi troops landed, instantly doubling the population density. They fanned out, arrested 68 people, released 17 as innocent, and went back to base, while the prisoners were taken off to some repurposed raperoom (or wherever we keep prisoners these days). Embedded journalists were not impressed, writing "How Operation Swarmer Fizzled. Not a shot was fired, or a leader nabbed, in a major offensive that failed to live up to its advance billing." Is it an allegory?

Mission Accomplished didn't live up to its advance billing either. Heck, this presidency didn't live up to isn't "compassionate" advance billing.

Way back in February of 2003, shortly before this debacle began, D-squared Digest asked for one thing which met three simple criteria:

1. It is a policy initiative of the current Bush administration
2. It was significant enough in scale that I'd have heard of it (at a pinch, that I should have heard of it)
3. It wasn't in some important way completely fucked up during the execution.
The question still stands.

Incidentally, this is the same post in which he pondered Tom Friedman's decision to grow a mustache ("If I grew a moustache well, I would look distinguished and stylish; if I grew one badly, I'd look like a pillock.")