TIME.com: How Operation Swarmer Fizzled
TIME.com has their take on the big PR brouhaha of last week in Iraq. I'm shocked. I happened to catch CNN the other day when the major assault was launched and it was BREAKING NEWS and all this excitement. It was all smoke and mirrors. It accomplished nothing except wasting even more taxpayer dollars, but thankfully no lives: "Contrary to what many many television networks erroneously reported, the operation was by no means the largest use of airpower since the start of the war. ('Air Assault' is a military term that refers specifically to transporting troops into an area.) In fact, there were no airstrikes and no leading insurgents were nabbed in an operation that some skeptical military analysts described as little more than a photo op. What’s more, there were no shots fired at all and the units had met no resistance, said the U.S. and Iraqi commanders."