How is it that a heavily fortified base in a war zone can still fall victim to someone walking in with bombs taped to themsleves?
I'll never understand the mentality of a person willing to blow themselves up in the name of a cause as by the nature of the deed, you don't live to see the result. Sure, "it's what comes after the doing that makes the doing hard to do," but if you kill yourslef in the process, isn't that the easy way out?
"It looks like it was an improvised explosive device worn by an attacker," General Richard Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters in Washington, ending 36 hours of confusion over what killed 18 Americans and four others in a mess tent at the Marez base at lunchtime on Tuesday.
The admission, which gave credibility to a claim made by the Ansar al-Sunna militant group, has serious implications for U.S. forces as they try to secure an election at the end of January. On a day when a major U.S. contractor pulled out of the country saying it was too dangerous, walking away from a $325 million contract to work on Iraq's damaged transport links, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted it would be a "mistake" to expect violence to end after the vote on Jan. 30.
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Again, as I have said before, the ROI is simply not worth the outlay in Iraq!