Thursday, December 16, 2004


I just can't take the Chicken Littles seriously when they speak of Iraq as a horrific quagmire that we're going to lose. Have they total ignorance of military history? Here's a nice summary of the Battle of the Bulge which started 60 years ago today.

Before it was over, the Battle of the Bulge would involve three German armies, the equivalent of 29 divisions; three American armies, or 31 divisions; and three British divisions augmented by Belgian, Canadian and French troops.

More than a million men would be drawn into the battle. The Germans would lose an estimated 100,000 irreplaceable troops, counting their killed, wounded and captured; the Americans would suffer some 80,000 casualties, including 19,000 killed - that's a rate of 500 a day - and 23,554 captured.

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