FROM SIERRA BRAVO
SUBJ ATTACK ON DHARAN AB, SAUDI ARABIA
(BLOG INTERRUPT)--Before the pundits and experts begin to accept or reject the long-winded report and its footnoted findings, we need only to remind ourselves of a forgotten incident early in the first Gulf War.-, not long after Operation Desert Storm had begun--
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Deadliest Scud hit kills 28
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The soldiers' belongings were gathered from the debns of death and packed in their duffle bags. The small American flags they waved when they arrived in Saudi Arabia were tucked into the tops of some of the bags that would accompany 28 of them on their final journey home. In a moment's flash, a single Iraqi Scud missile inflicted more casualties on American soldiers than its million-man army and thousands of tanks have in two days of ground combat. Only hours before Iraq an-nounced it was withdrawing from Kuwait. it skyrocketed the ballis-tic weapon into a metal ware-house converted into an Ameri-can barracks and mess hall. Baghdad radio hailed the at-tack against "the coward traitors who mortgage the sacred places of the nation ... and turn Arab youth into shields of flesh." The U.S. command said 28 American servicemen were killed and 100 were wounded Monday night in by far the deadliest of nearly 70 Scud attacks. Four Americans were reported killed and 21 wounded in the opening days of the allied ground drive into Iraq and Kuwait.
All of the criticism and blame can easily be made for the argument for or against Hussein's capability for delivery of weapons of mass destruction; all of it can be packaged into one neatly organized report to sway public opinion and condemn leadership.
But who will answer to the families of the 28 killed that day in Saudi Arabia from a single missile, one that was supposed to miss its target, one that was used countless times in the Iran-Iraq War and supplied by the Soviet Union or China?
All it takes is one well placed SCUD to throw out all the arguments, all the blame fixing, all the hindsight.
FWD FIELD UNITS//AFGHAN//IRAQI CMD CODENAMED "YANKEE"...