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Why So 'Fraid Of The "P"Word?  
User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1749 times:

Why are the CENTCOM guys, the Pentagon guys and 'The Donald' so adamant about quickly dismissing the word "pause" to describe the slow down American forces have undertaken just short of the ominous 'Red Zone' full of Saddam's zombies surrounding Baghdad?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55073-2003Mar30.html

Ths seems like a perfect moment to pause. Reassess the situation. Secure the rear areas and supply lines. Let the Basra situation burn itself out. Fortify the north. Soften up suburban RG contingents. It seems like that's what's being done.

Baghdad's not going anywhere. Yet.



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User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1701 times:

Heavy,

Civilians don't understand words like pause or tactical retreat, these words all mean defeat in their uninformed vocabulary. You can not convey military life to civilians, they don't understand things like the UCMJ, Unwriten-Codes, Semper Fi, Freindly Fire, REMF, Spook or being short.

TechRep


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

Very true TechRep. Also, the minute the military says that the campaign has "paused" every news organization is going to throw their own spin on the statement, which in a ploy for greater ratings will usually lead to things like "The US is in trouble", "The war could be lost" etc., which will only lead civilians to come to the wrong conclusion then start doubting everything as well.

User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1688 times:

Civilians don't understand words like pause or tactical retreat

You may be right, Tech. I'm guessing theres A LOT civillians don't understand about combat, but 'civillians' tend to understand 'the truth'. May I suggest that taking a "you don't understand this so I'm not going to bother explaining it to you" approach is a good way to seed discontent. Because you can talk above most of the people most of the time......

Also, the minute the military says that the campaign has "paused" every news organization is going to throw their own spin on the statement

Which is precisely what has happened in the absence of the word.

Take it from a way Rear Esh media Mofo....the absolute best way to bulls*it someone is to tell them the truth. It makes everything simpler.



User currently offlineDc10guy From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 2685 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1635 times:

Hey Heavy-mental, I think centcom is more afraid of the "exit strategy" phrase then the "P" word ...


Next time try the old "dirty Sanchez" She'll love it !!!
User currently offlineADG From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1594 times:

So you condone dishonesty in an attempt to ensure that the populace cannot think for itself then?

The flaw in your argument is that the people are reacting to the media/government hype before the War started. If the propoganda machine hadn't been saying the war would be over in a day and other ridiculous claims and actually passed on the military beliefs then the people wouldn't be reacting.

I'm as sure as I can be without being there that the military would have been warning AGAINST the propoganda that indicated this would be a short and painless campaign. Why shouldn't the people be told the truth?





ADG


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