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01 December 2010

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Having seen the movie myself now, I agree with the Colonel's analysis. I'd have used some harsher words ...

I am not sure though that Major Jim Gant's way is that much better. Very early in his paper he tells how he sided with one tribe/village against another without really knowing about either. He made some friends, but also some enemies. Sure that's better than what was done in the Korengal and at Wanat. A solution for the conflict it was not.

There is a Danish documentary, "Armadillo", out now that was filmed over a complete tour of a Danish platoon. (It is not in English but easy to "get" even not knowing the language.)

I recommend it for comparison with Restrepo.

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