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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Real Milblog

Lance Corporal Sean Barney, a former aide for Sen. Tom Carper D-DE, was seriously wounded in Fallujah on May 12th.

He had joined the marines in reaction to 9/11 (a bit late from what I can gather), and was writing a blog for his progressive think tank called third way, right up until he was shot in the neck. He had only been there a month, so you can literally read his whole blog in about 15 minutes. It is quite good. Here is how the last entry started...

Well, one month down, six months to go. Time is moving fairly quickly here. The days that we are patrolling or conducting other operations are hectic, so time flies. The days we are on the FOB security move more slowly, but they provide us a chance to rest our bodies.

The city of Fallujah has been relatively quiet (knock on wood) for the last week or so.....


This puts a human face on the human cost of this war. This is someone who has a voice. It will be interesting to see what he has to say when he recovers.

One question: Didn't Coalitions Forces completely clear Fallujah? Did I miss something?


  • My girlfriend has a freined whose boyfriend just joined the marine reserves. He got sent to Falluja within weeks. It's supposed to be crazy because you don't know who to trust.

    By Blogger reality-based educator, at 12:29 PM  

  • Read the guy's blog, it is crazy. Sunni policemen and Shia army in the same city. Even thought the Sunni insurgents are in the police force, they still kill policemen.

    Sounds like a crazy place. When was the last time Fallujah was in the news?

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 2:12 PM  

  • It's been awhile because there's been no real big explosions. But that should tell us something about all that "progress" the Bush apologists claim is taking place around the country.

    By Blogger reality-based educator, at 11:46 PM  

  • The guys I knew who fought in Viet Nam said neck wounds were tricky--you never knew what would happen. I hope the guy's all right. Fallujah was cleared by door to door visits by armed Marines, but they don't seal off the towns and bad guys drift in.

    By Blogger Roger Fraley, at 1:59 AM  

  • Apparently he is going to be all right.

    I guess the thing about Fallujah that is bothering me is that you don't hear anything about it on the news, and apparently it is a mess.

    Also, if the whole city was cleared at one point, and now it is like this, it seems like the U.S. forces are spinning their wheels, does it not?

    By Blogger Praguetwin, at 9:15 AM  

  • Absolutely spinning are wheels. We don't have enough troops to clear out Fallujah and keep it cleared. I think it was Knight-Ridder from a while back that reported that every time the marines and soldiers in Fallujah get to know who they can trust in the city and who they cannot, they get rotated home and the new American military personnel have to relearn the whole thing over.

    By Blogger reality-based educator, at 4:45 PM  

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