Bint Jbeil: tough nut, or rope-a-dope?

NPR reported that there’s heavy fighting going on in Bint Jbeil again.  I start to wonder if BJ is just being left there, encouraging Hezbollistas to migrate in and then sit there bravely resisting.  As in the “Cauldron Battle Construction Set.”

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  1. I haven’t checked the topo, but it’s close enough to Israel proper that it’d make for a wonderful little set-piece for Israeli troops on the way out. Rope-a-dope indeed.

  2. All these home-force troopers that have been interviewed on the MSM are guys like me. Armed to the teeth (I don’t have an RPG… aw, mannnn), plus a moderate amount of ammo. I saw a picture of one guy’s complete kit. Looked like eight-to-ten clips for his assault rifle.

    That’s *nothing* for prolonged city-fighting if you fight like a typical Arab soldier, spraying-and-praying all the time.

  3. 8-10 clips? beejeesuz he’s screwed

  4. I consider myself low on .45, and I’m pretty sure I still have at least 200 rnds left. Need to get to a gunshow and get another brick.

    This guywas literally one large ammo vest’s worth of clips — that’s it. And the other images I saw were almost exactly the same deal. RPG or rocket, rifle, assorted toys for hijinks… and that’s it. I get the impression Hezbollah doesn’t actually expect them to survive initial contact.

  5. Mike

     /  August 8, 2006

    Yeah, you will burn through that pretty quick. Especially since the Arabs love their “full auto” function on the AK-47. I blame Star Wars for this, anyone who is a “rag-tag band” automatically is assumed to be able to pull of complex commando ops, never misses when shooting from the hip and will win because the other side actually wears a uniform and has had formal training which has made them mindless robots who can’t think outside the box.

    Yeah, right.

  6. I know it’s not actually the way it works, but I’m beginning to think my beginning qualifier about whether an Arab fighter is dangerous is whether or not he carries a bolt-action rifle in the age of the AK spraying machine.

  7. Mike

     /  August 8, 2006

    Actually its more along the lines of how he carries his weapon. If the guys is actually holding it to his shoulder and appears to be aiming, then you probably have someone who has a modicum of training. If you have someone who is holding it at the hip or one handed or is waving it around, you have the goof troop.

  8. I’ve seen plenty of that filmed… but they never seem to actually be using the front sight.

    Hopefully the folks we’re helping train up have got a better clue.

  9. Mike

     /  August 10, 2006

    Oh yes. You never see US or British troops waving rifles in the air because they know better and have muzzle discipline. And yes, the guys we train have a much better clue. But since that would make it look like we are making progress you won’t see it on the News (not that they would know enough to look for it anyway).


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