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BOMBTHROWERS EXCLUSIVE: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster: A legend or a lie?

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(language warning) (CORRECTION as to casualty count appears near the bottom of this article)

Fresh on the heels of a successful offensive in Mosul, Iraq, the Iraqi military is now poised to retake Tal Afar, long a hotbed of ISIS and other insurgent activity. Before we pulled out of Iraq, Tal Afar, like Fallujah, had been the focal point of multiple large-scale, costly offensives to eject entrenched insurgents. In 2005, then-Colonel H.R. McMaster led the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (3rd ACR) in the largest of these offensives, Operation Restoring Rights. His reputation as a brilliant military strategist rests largely on the results of that one battle. Given the widespread support for McMaster in the media and Washington establishment, it is ironic that current reporting largely fails to mention this battle or McMaster’s central role in it.

McMaster’s widely-hyped strategic acumen has been called into question by high-level military sources with personal knowledge of his conduct in the field. These sources spoke with me on condition of anonymity.

McMaster rests his laurels on the counter-insurgency strategy he claims won the Battle of Tal Afar, Iraq. But sources say McMaster ignored counter-insurgency experts and that his reckless leadership killed between 70 and 85* Americans and almost lost the battle. The battle, the sources say, was won only through a valiant rescue mission during which most of those casualties occurred.*

Until today this information has been suppressed.

Today, National Security Advisor McMaster is facing sustained criticism for his seemingly relentless opposition to Trump policies, his purging of many competent, conservative Trump loyalists from the National Security Council staff, and “protecting and coddling” 40 Obama holdovers — almost one-sixth of the NSC staff — who are plainly out to sabotage the Trump agenda.

Yet he continues to enjoy President Trump’s support. Is President Trump reluctant to fire McMaster for fear of criticism? Has he decided that McMaster’s reputed military genius is worth the cost? Or has he been thoroughly misinformed about McMaster’s character and competence? Who is H.R. McMaster really?

Lieutenant General (three-star) Herbert Raymond McMaster is a career Army officer still on active duty. He came to the Trump administration as a quick replacement for Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.), who resigned over controversies regarding his contacts with Russian officials. Whatever Flynn may have done wrong, his true sin was bucking the D.C. establishment, including many military leaders. And as frequently happens in Washington, when a strong conservative political appointee faces widespread (often manufactured) controversy, the knee-jerk reaction is to find a replacement the establishment likes. McMaster fits the bill.

On the surface, he appears to have the right resume. He has been awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit and other medals, although John Kerry and many others have proved there are ways to get these medals without earning them. Most of this acclaim comes out of his service at the Battle of 73 Easting (1991), where in 23 minutes, McMaster’s nine M1A1 Abrams tanks and 12 Bradley Fighting Vehicles destroyed 30 Iraqi tanks and 14 armored vehicles. McMaster has been given credit for quick thinking and aggressive action, but his unit faced off against obsolete Iraqi T-55 and T-72 tanks operated by troops with inferior training. His unit was part of a larger operation that experienced similar success, ultimately destroying 85 tanks, 40 personnel carriers, and over 30 other vehicles. As George Dvorsky observes: “the [Republican Guard] didn’t have a chance.”

As the author of the 1997 book, Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam, McMaster enjoys a reputation as something of a maverick, a fact which perhaps found favor in the unorthodox Trump administration. The book has been described as “the seminal work on military’s responsibility during Vietnam to confront their civilian bosses when strategy was not working.”

But, as noted above, McMaster’s reputation rests largely on the counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy applied at Tal Afar. It was later hailed by President George W. Bush, who said it, “gives me confidence in our strategy because in this city we see the outlines of the Iraq that we and the Iraqi people have been fighting for…” For once, the media agreed with Bush, published glowing reports on McMaster’s feats. Mother Jones and the Washington Post called him the “Hero of Tal Afar.” The left-leaning Slate.com calls him “the Army’s smartest officer.”

Now leftists are coming out of the woodwork to defend McMaster against his conservative critics. Newsweek accuses the “alt-right” of attempting to smear McMaster, while genuine slime merchants like Media Matters for America are smearing his critics.

He is even being defended by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the propaganda arm of the Palestinian terrorist group HAMAS.

Okay, wait a minute.

When reflexively anti-American, anti-military outlets like Mother Jones, Slate and the Washington Post offer fawning praise for a Republican military commander, the reasons underlying those plaudits deserve further investigation. When anti-American, anti-military, George Soros-funded, extreme leftist smear operations like Media Matters go to war to defend a Trump political appointee, it casts a shadow on everything about the man. When the anti-American, terrorism-supporting, Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated CAIR defends an American general, the alarm bells drown out all other sound. And officers who have witnessed his “leadership” in the unforgiving crucible of combat are now sounding the alarm.

It is not unusual in Army practice that studies and reports often gloss over leadership failures by simply not mentioning the leaders who failed. This seems to be the case in an official military report prepared for the U.S. Army’s Combat Studies Institute concerning the conduct of 3rd ACR in Operation Restoring Rights, according to Brave Rifles at the Battle of Tal Afar.[1] The 3rd ACR, also known as the “Brave Rifles,” is comprised of three ground squadrons, the 1st, 2nd and 4th, and a support squadron. Most of the fighting during this operation was conducted by the 2nd Squadron. Its commander, Lt. Col. Christopher M. Hickey, was the man on the ground leading the engaged combat forces.

Virtually all of the action described centers on decisions made by Hickey. McMaster barely gets a mention. The Washington Post‘s account of the battle puts McMaster in the middle of it, though the embedded reporter, Jon Finer, says he didn’t see McMaster until “the operation was winding down.” Brave Rifles does not describe where McMaster was at all, only that he responded to Hickey’s request for more troops by appealing to Task Force Freedom and Multinational Corps–Iraq (pp. 131-132). He likely oversaw the offensive from 3rd ACR’s operations base, FOB Sykes, 7.5 miles south of town (p. 130). Given that he had overall command of the regiment, that is probably where he should have been, except that he seemed to want people to believe he was in the heat of battle. He wasn’t.

The report is not especially critical of Hickey, but if the operation was an unqualified success, McMaster’s role presumably would have been highlighted. McMaster’s Tal Afar COIN strategy is also credited with inspiring Iraq’s 2007 “surge” operation. Yet Brave Rifles makes no such claim.

The report describes a halt in the advance to evacuate civilians that occurred little more than one day into the fight. In a “Frontline” video interview, [2] McMaster claims the pause was “about three days,” but according to Brave Rifles, it took a full week (p. 142). Officers on the ground during that battle claim that in fact the 2nd Squadron was surrounded and in danger of being annihilated. One Special Forces operative described it as a “goat fuck” (p. 142). A 1,150-strong Special Operations Group joined with other units to launch a rescue mission that would clear a path to McMaster’s beleaguered forces.

The following is an account of that effort provided for this article by the commander of the Special Operations Group. He is a highly decorated retired Special Forces flag officer with decades of service under his belt. His bona fides have been confirmed by other top-level military sources. All have requested anonymity. Given the D.C. establishment’s demonstrated hostility to whistleblowers, you can’t blame them.

Here is his story:

Mine was one of three units sent to rescue McMaster from Tal Afar. McMaster replaced most of the operations people upon assuming command with his admirers — most of whom had limited combat experience at best. The majority never had a troop command, even in peacetime. As an apprentice of David Petraeus, McMaster was recommended to command the 3rd ACR not because of his ability/experience to command a large armored formation but simply so he could get his ticket punched on the way to flag rank.

The strategy called for assault, clear and hold, but McMaster simply ordered the squadron to advance without securing positions taken. This allowed insurgents to come in behind his assault force and it was soon surrounded. It came to be known among the troops as “Little Stalingrad” because of McMaster’s arrogance and disregard of advice from COIN experts. McMaster was thoroughly briefed that Tal Afar was an insurgent stronghold but ignored this intelligence and attempted to take the city by coup de main (surprise attack) using a blitzkrieg strategy like Von Paulus used in the Battle of Stalingrad.

Use of armor in urban warfare is fraught with danger if not carefully coordinated with infantry and combat support. The insurgent force, commanded by former Iraqi officers, allowed McMaster’s column to enter the city, then sprung the trap. As with Von Paulus, McMaster soon found his tanks and tracks hopelessly bogged down in the streets and narrow alleys of Tal Afar.

The insurgents used the city like a giant maze. M1A2s (Abrams main battle tank) have vulnerabilities the insurgents used to their advantage. The Abrams was designed with no escape hatch underneath. The insurgents dropped Molotov cocktails on the tanks from tops of buildings. With the tank on fire, the crew had to exit thru the top of the tank, where they could be fired upon as they climbed out.

The M1A2 is also vulnerable to RPGs [rocket-propelled grenades]. Tal Afar had been ringed with sand berms to make it difficult for insurgents to get away. However, to enter the city, the tanks had to drive over the berms. The M1A2 underbelly is not adequately armored. As the tanks came over the berms, insurgents shot at their undersides with RPGs. The insurgents learned these tactics from the experience of jihadis who fought the Russians in Afghanistan in the 1980s. McMaster apparently didn’t.

McMaster attempted to paint a rosy picture of the assault but it soon became apparent to others his unit was in trouble. McMaster estimated the assault would take one-and-a-half days to complete, but by that time the 2nd Squadron was trapped. The official record claims that they halted the assault to allow civilians to evacuate. The truth is that they had become surrounded and couldn’t move.

My SF unit, just off another operation, was ordered to re-deploy and fight our way in to open a supply route into the city to replenish ammo and supplies and Medevac the wounded. Earlier attempts to drop supplies by helicopter met intense fire and risked supplies falling into enemy hands. It took us three days to battle our way to them. I lost 40 men KIA [killed in action] in one day and a total of 50 lost from my unit alone during the pause, with many more wounded.

The operation which was supposed to last 2 days, turned into an 18-day battle, with the 3rd ACR being decimated. Many soldiers died later in field hospitals overloaded with wounded. Many civilians were not evacuated until after the forces engaged, and they too suffered many dead and wounded.

This fiasco was covered up by McMaster’s good friend, mentor and fellow West Pointer, David Petraeus, who worried that revealing the depth of McMaster’s mistakes would reflect badly on him as well.

McMaster is a political officer who took credit for the hard work and sacrifice of others. He advanced his own career and burnished his myth with the help of David Petraeus and John McCain. A deeper research into Army records including casualties and vehicle losses will paint an accurate picture of the debacle, not mythical accounts.

The truth about Tal Afar is that a major cover up has allowed an unqualified officer to occupy one of the most critical positions in our national security apparatus.

According to the Brave Rifles report, 2nd Squadron lost 8 men and 12 soldiers from other units who joined them in the fight and 38 friendly Iraqi soldiers and 6 Iraqi policemen also perished.** (p. 147). According to the Special Forces officer, however, losses actually included:

Approximately 250 killed in action, including 70 to 85 American troops* and approximately 165 to 180 friendly Iraqi forces

1 HH47 Chinook helicopter

4 Blackhawk helicopters

4 M1A2 Abrams Tanks

30 Bradley Fighting Vehicles

Heavy losses of 5-ton trucks and fuel tankers

McMaster’s reputation for arrogance and incompetence filtered down to the rank and file as well.

Mathew Bocian served in the U.S. Army as a cavalry scout with 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry (Stryker). He deployed to Mosul and Tal Afar in 2004 and to Baghdad for The Surge in 2007. He has written a book about it, The Ghosts of Tal Afar. Bocian’s unit was in Tal Afar when McMaster’s 3rd ACR showed up.

He had this to say about McMaster’s leadership:

[T]he regiment’s senior leadership thought they were hot-shit, and would teach us a thing or two. I was in a Squadron-wide officer call when good old H.R himself told the room not to worry – the real cav[alry] was here, and they brought the “big guns”. We deterred Hajj [the insurgents] by going into town every day – yes, even Al Sarai [the insurgent stronghold] because if you didn’t, Hajj took more and more control of the town; they were trying to drive a wedge between U.S. Forces and the Iraqi populous [sic]

3rd ACR’s idea of deterrence was to park a few tanks up at the castle and occasionally shoot main gun rounds over Al Sarai and into the empty desert. Yeah. That worked for all of about an hour until the Hajj (who are pretty fucking smart) got wise to the scheme and weren’t afraid of the sound. All that did was keep the residents in their homes so the only folks who went out were the bad dudes.

Not long after we returned to Mosul to take part of the Brigade’s new offensive to seal off all of Mosul, 3rd ACR launched an offensive of their own. They had opted to “assess” the situation for a week and had neglected certain parts of Tal’Afar – including Al Sarai. They lost a tank, a Bradley and an M-88 recovery vehicle in that initial push – and taking heavy fire and multiple casualties, were repelled by the Hajj, who had entrenched themselves in the area given plenty of time to prepare.

I don’t know how many soldiers 3rd ACR lost, or had wounded in Tal’Afar, but I look back in disgrace and wonder if their leadership had listened and were less cocky, if their losses could have been fewer.

Other sources I interviewed say that McMaster has very few admirers in the general officer corps and was considered to be just another typical “political general.”

He has not been given any battle commands since he was promoted to general. They say he would never have made general rank without the help of David Petraeus. He was passed over twice for promotion to flag rank, and didn’t get his first star until Army Secretary Peter Geren, a former Democratic congressman from Texas, took the unprecedented step of pulling General Petraeus from a combat command and appointing him to chair the Army’s promotion board, which Geren also hand-picked.

Petraeus, of whom it has been said, “throughout his military career had worn his ambition like a strong aftershave,” saw to McMaster’s star. Then-Army Chief of Staff General George Casey concluded, “If McMaster weren’t such a smart-ass, he would have been promoted a long time ago.”

General officers require Senate confirmation both for appointment and advancement. McMaster’s Senate champion was and still is Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). McCain advocated replacing Flynn with McMaster. McCain described McMaster as “a man of genuine intellect, character and ability.”

To obtain his fourth star, McMaster must please his Senate overlords and their allies in the military — i.e. the establishment. This virtually guarantees a NSC advisor beholden to the swamp. In a recent interview with Breitbart News, Erik Prince, founder of the military contractor Blackwater, said:

[T]he danger of appointing a serving general, a three-star general that wants to be a four-star general, means that that general will always go with his service. If it’s a long-retired guy that’s not worried about a promotion, I think it’s easier to give objective advice. That’s the danger of having a serving officer as the national security director.

It is worth noting that Trump had consulted Prince extensively regarding Afghanistan strategy and Prince had been invited to join him at Camp David deliberations, but McMaster allegedly took him off the list at the last minute.

It seems the height of irony that Iraqi forces are now entering Tal Afar again, this time with Iran-backed militias — responsible for killing many Americans in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Meanwhile, the “Hero of Tal Afar” counsels President Trump to certify Iran in compliance with a nuclear deal composed in secret that was never signed and never consented to by the Senate. On the home front he resists efforts to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, emboldening groups like CAIR, that have joined with other subversive groups in their efforts to destabilize our nation.

My source concludes: “With McMaster now as National Security Advisor, maybe some aspiring young Army officer will write a sequel to McMaster’s book and call it, LtGen McMaster: Dereliction of Duty II. We can only hope General Mattis and General Kelly, along with a very distinguished group on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, give our President competent and honest military advice and guidance, not tainted by ‘what’s in it for me’ from a man who is a legend only in his own mind.”

James Simpson is an economist, businessman and investigative journalist. His latest book is The Red Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America. Follow Jim on Twitter & Facebook.

*The Special Forces flag officer who served as the primary source for this article acknowledged after the article was initially published that he had previously provided incorrect casualty figures from the Battle of Tal Afar. The resulting errors in this article have been corrected and where they have been corrected there now appears an asterisk (*).

**The Iraqi casualties from the Brave Rifles report were not stated in the original article but in light of the flag officer’s now-corrected information, we have included those figures.


[1] “Frontline-Counterinsurgency in Tal Afar Iraq.” YouTube. February 15, 2008. Accessed August 26, 2017. https://youtu.be/Zb7aR2xvOWU.

[2]  Ricardo A. Herrera, “Brave Rifles at the Battle of Tal Afar,” In In Contact! Case Studies from the Long War, Volume I, ed. William G. Robinson (Fort Leavenworth: Combat Studies Institute Press, 2006), pp. 125-147.

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Comments

  • Patrick Dustin

    great

    • James Simpson

      Thanks!

    • Stephen

      Great fiction, you mean. It is mostly lies meant to smear McMaster. So much, just isn’t true that you can’t call it an article.

      • ShikokuPrincess91

        Shill

        • Stephen

          Stop lying to discredit me

  • Orlean Koehle

    Thanks for revealing the truth about McMasters, Jim. Draining the swamp appears to only be bringing in more really bad swamp-like creatures.

    • Stephen

      This is fiction, mostly lies. I was in 3rd ACR is 2005. We lost like
      10-12 soldiers all year and there is no way we lost 30 Brads in
      Tallafar, we didn’t lose that many all year. No one called it “Little
      Stalingrad.” I could go on, but you get the point! You’re better off getting news from Stephen King

      • Louis A Schwartz

        STFU!!!!!!

        • Stephen

          stop talking troll, won’t work

    • Stephen

      It isn’t true, it is all lies. I was there. You can even fact check it, there was no 50 US deaths in one day. In fact you can look up and see there was around 10 3rd ACR soldier deaths all year, from numerous legit sources. You can’t hide 50 deaths, not in modern Army, maybe in WW2, not today.

  • Greg Ircink

    Great. Remember, Richard M. Nixon knew early on that the “Deep Throat” leak of FBI info to the Washington Compost was FBI-2nd in command Mark Felt. Nixon’s intuition was to fire Felt, but was talked out of it. After a prolonged period of subterfuge by Felt against POTUS the damage was done and the coup was complete.

    • bandonbeachbum

      I’m praying the samething won’t happen to Trump. You got me thinking about Vietnam. Do you remember the general who lost a son to agent orange in that war?

  • Frances Carlson

    Interesting article.

    • Stephen

      Don’t call it an article, it is a work of fiction. So many lies in it. I was there in 2005.

      • Frances Carlson

        Perhaps I should have gone with thought provoking, because for me, it was. I don’t take everything I read as gospel, but unlike you, I wasn’t there. I find most of these articles are exaggerated, and I don’t know you, but I have read with great interest your many replies on this blog. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your service.

      • ShikokuPrincess91

        It’s an article.

        And you’re a shill.

        Go tell David Brock that David Seaman owns his ass.

        • Stephen

          It is barely an article, it is fiction. It is filled with lies that no one can prove. Where as what I said can be proved. So stop lying to discredit me.

          • Louis A Schwartz

            …and, on the other hand, you can’t disprove it.

          • Stephen

            What kind of crap argument is that? A lie is thrown out there, with no proof, there is proof that it is a lie, and you come up with an argument that I can’t disprove it? How about you look for ways to prove it exists? They made the claim, they can’t prove and you demand the world to disprove it? Get out of here with that crap.

          • Louis A Schwartz

            Stephen: You wasted alot of my time by causing me to write at least three very long posts where I sincerely tried to explain the danger of McMaster as the Director of the NSC. This had nothing at all to do with his military service, but it was because of his warped perspective on Domestic Islamic Infiltration. Actually, his real problem is that he doesn’t acknowledge Islamism at all. I have given you tons of fact based examples of his bias and explained how this is really the important point of this article,NOT his Iraqi Battles, which I did not even mention. You have never replied to my factual arguments about his witnessed and verified statements and actions concerning Islamism. All you do is say everything in the article is a “lie” and naysay anything else. All your posts are nearly identical. What do you do, cut and paste them, time after time? The info that I provided in my posts, is base on provable, documented FACTS. All you do is keep repeating that you “don’t care about my OPINION about McMaster”. I DON’T HAVE ANY OPINION ON McMASTER, AT ALL. FACT IS NOT OPINION, Jackass! You are totally a “one trick pony”. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. In any case, this is the last time I will waste my time replying to you. You seem to miss or disregard the point of every statement I have made. You are either willfully ignorant or just plain stupid or possibly thick as sh*t. My above post was an attempt to waste some of your time. Apparently it was successful, as you did reply to it, sounding quite annoyed, I might add. I’m not sure what you should do with the rest of your life. First thing, definitely stop posting and get off of this site, asap. Second thing, I don’t know your case specifically, but I think that you should either get off the med’s or double the dosage. Ask your shrink.

          • Stephen

            What are you on? You have to be a troll

          • Louis A Schwartz

            …and you have to be a moron. You are the F’n troll. Get off this site, lay down and double your med’s. Oh yes, learn to read an entire post before commenting. READ is the operative word, here. You have no facts in your posts. They are just your opinions based on your limited perspective of what (you say) happened in Iraq. In actuality you really don’t know a thing about McMaster. Did you ever talk or consult with him? Did he share his political philosophy with you? Perhaps he shared his worldview on middle eastern policies with you? Did you ever even meet him? I’m guessing NO! Opinion, opinion, opinion, that is all you have. Please STFU and go away. P.S. For the umpteenth time, I DON’T CARE ABOUT McMASTER’S MILITARY CAREER. I CARE ABOUT HIS PRO-ISLAMIC POLITICS WHICH MAKES HIM A CRAPPY NSC DIRECTOR. GOT IT NOW?

          • Stephen

            troll

  • Meg

    Why doesn’t Trump get rid of him?

    • James Simpson

      That is the million dollar question. It may be because of Kelly. Or they are threatening him somehow.

      • PhilByler

        No, it is not because of Kelly or because of threats. Trump has a lot on his plate, and the illusions about McMaster have not dissipated.

        • Ken Roberts

          Hope you’re right.

      • Bijoux

        Could POTUS request the files? There is so much corruption everywhere. It seems like those who fought at Tal Afar and lived would not allow lies to cover the deaths of their brothers. Why allow the cover up? For the sake of an ambitious, unscrupulous, fame-seeking General? Deep, deep swamp.

        • James Simpson

          He could and would probably get what they have recorded, which is probably not accurate. The corruption is indeed deep.

  • The total # of American deaths in Operation Restoring Rights was…four.

    Do some Googling before you write bullshit like this.

    • James Simpson

      Read the report idiot. They claim 20 Americans but they covered up the truth.

      • Arctic_Fox

        First… Fascinating article… Happy to see McMaster deconstructed… Another perfumed prince of the Flag Club.
        .
        Perplexed, though… Let’s just note that the “public” version of Tal Afar is at Wiki..
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tal_Afar_(2005)
        .
        Wiki’s is a flowery account; and don’t believe everything that’s on the Internet, right? I’m definitely inclined NOT to believe this version… It has a foul odor of “History, written by Victors.” And, I’d add, history written by the McMaster-friendly side.
        .
        I’m stunned, though, at the claim of 250 KIA in your article. That’s a lot of coffins at Dover… Let’s go to iCasualties…
        http://icasualties.org/Iraq/ByMonth.aspx
        .
        US casualties for Sept-Oct 2005 were total 151. Is the contributor to your article saying that somehow, the casualty numbers were fudged? Hide the dead bodies? Trickle-out the names? Still… How does that jive w/ prompt family notification? Seems like 250 CACO calls would get some attention. Makes me wonder…

        • James Simpson

          That is what they say. Yes.

        • David Hepler

          thank you for the sources.

    • Stephen

      3rd ACR lost 10-12 all year, kind of hard to believe we lost 50 in a day. and 30 Brads lost? I would be impressed if our Regiment had 30 to begin with! I was there in 2005, this piece of fiction is all lies. Well, it got the year right, so I guess it isn’t all lies.

  • USA!

    Great article.

    • Stephen

      Great piece of fiction, it just isn’t true.

      • Padlock

        Sure it is. See how declarative statements work?

        • DonnieZen

          Do you mean delusion?

          • TheREALPadlock

            Nope. Want to support your declarative statement with some sort of proof?

          • DonnieZen

            Want to support yours? My statement wasn’t a declarative statement, it was a question.

            Got GED?

          • TheREALPadlock

            Oh, sorry, I thought you were someone else, the first commenter. I didn’t realize you’re just a troll.

            Maybe you can explain why I’m being delusional, then?

          • DonnieZen

            Troll? Why did you change your name? Clearly the hallmark of a troll, padlock.

            Scurry away now, I’m sure you’re going to try, yet again, for that elusive GED. You know you want it, and it could only help.
            Btw, troll, you should change your avi name, again, this time to “Anosognosic-in-Chief”.
            No time for trolls.

          • MyNameisMike

            I’m not padlock. I never was. Only padlock is padlock.

            Want to tell me why I am delusional again ?

          • Padlock

            Don’t fucking use my name again. Looking forward to the banhammer smashing down on your thick head.

          • Pablock

            Whoa, someone is having a bad day. There, there, kid.

          • Padlock

            He changes his name about 3 times a day. He used my name for a bit yesterday because I pissed him off on Listverse, by pointing out his trolling and name changing. I’m not the troll! And as he’s changed his name several times since, I still don’t really know what he said in my name

          • ShikokuPrincess91

            So an army happens to show up to support “Stephen,” who gives away the perfect shill tell, which is a single first name with nothing else?

            You’re not fooling anyone.
            McMasters is a shitty Lex Luther.

            Cernovich exposed his ass. It’s too late.

          • DonnieZen

            Uh, wtf is stephen and wtf are you?

            You’re a f’ing facile anosognosic turd if you think I like McMaster. Actually, you are a f’ing facile anosognosic turd anyway.
            Blocked for being irrelevant and a mentally/emotionally disturbed raytard.

          • Stephen

            stop lying to discredit me with your lame, “If this then that” flawed logic.

        • Stephen

          This fiction, is just that, not true. I was in 3rd ACR during the days of Tallafar. We lost like 10-12 soldiers all year, so it is impossible for us to have lost 50 in one day. We didn’t even lose 30 Brads in Tallafar, as that is an insanely high amount to lose. We didn’t lose anywhere near that many. No one called it “Little Stalingrad.” 2nd Squadron didn’t get nearly obliterated. McMaster wasn’t missing from action, 3rd ACR was covering a huge area of land, he was all over the place. The “Special Forces” guy, whose testimony is just filled with lies said:
          The M1A2 is also vulnerable to RPGs [rocket-propelled grenades]. Tal
          Afar had been ringed with sand berms to make it difficult for insurgents
          to get away. However, to enter the city, the tanks had to drive over
          the berms. The M1A2 underbelly is not adequately armored. As the tanks
          came over the berms, insurgents shot at their undersides with RPGs.

          The Abrams isn’t vulnerable to RPGs. The berm around Tallafar was not preventing tanks and Brads from entering, they didn’t have to drive over them to get in. We had checkpoints around the city where we and Iraqi army manned where we used roads to enter and leave the city. At this rate, I would have to write an article longer than the fictitious story to debunk all the lies in it.

          • MyNameisMike

            Forgive me, I call b.s. on your diatribe.

          • Stephen

            You call BS? So you believe a guy, who creates a false narrative, who wasn’t there, with no proof and using anonymous sources which are fake, and this fiction is so widely different then everything else out there and no one else has claimed anything so fantasy based, and you believe that. But you call BS on me, an eye witness, backed by facts and other veterans are posting that this article of fiction is a cluster of lies, and the numbers don’t add up as to the total this guy says died in one day is way more than who died in one year? You are taking willful ignorance to a whole new level to accept such blatant lies to support what you want to believe.

          • MyNameisMike

            The internet is full of stolen valor, bro. You need to prove it.

          • Stephen

            I don’t know how to do that, I’m not showing you my DD214 with my sensitive info on it.

          • Jmy

            Well then I’ll have to believe you’re full of it,

          • Stephen

            So you are willing to believe this fiction, with all is obvious lies, at face value, with no proof to back it, and in fact the evidence out there (like there is nowhere that shows that 50 soldiers died in one day but there is plenty out there showing that we took only 10-12 deaths the whole year) proves I am right, but you won’t believe me regardless of facts. You see, that makes you delusional. You are either willfully ignorant, or you are trolling. I brought the truth to you, with some searching you can see I am right and no amount of searching will prove this liar’s article is true. Just know you are choosing to believe a lie. There is nothing else I can do. Here is a picture of me, in my Bradley, on the northern road watching the city. But you’ll probably say that isn’t true either.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/978658fb619ae68d5258b8f560d1973bd499e03bda27937934a047aa9aac0355.jpg

          • Jmy

            Since I have no way to verify anything about you, how can I take you at face value. I hve an idea: take your crusading anger and write a response to this article, send it in.

            I find it curious you’re so outraged about this article but are taking it out on me, and not the authors of the piece.

            Don’t be a pussy, man up, and go to the source.

          • Stephen

            You have flawed logic. 1) You can verify what I have been saying, just go to Google, and look up how many people died from 3rd ACR in 2005. Numerous sources will show I am correct, this article is a lie. In fact, try and find anything that proves this story of fiction is even true, you can’t and you won’t. That is how you verify I am telling the truth about this being a lie.
            2) You said I have crusading anger? Against liars who are trying to fool people, is being angry a bad thing? This whole story is from a crusading angry guy who hates McMaster and is trying to assassinate his character, his integrity, his job, and his past accomplishments.
            3) You really think, a guy who has taken his lie as far as the author of that fiction has, is just going to roll over and take my calling his BS out? You see how many comments I left calling him out as a liar? Has he tried to respond to any of them?

            I have shown he is a liar. He made lies with no proof. I challenge him, or anyone to prove that he is telling the truth and that I am lying. I dare you

          • Pablock

            Actually my logic is that you choosing to wail to some guy on the net instead of going after the writer of these damnable lies shows that you might be full of it. And it still stands.

            I dare you to do what I asked you to do. Write an article about it. You were there, you’re the expert. Do it.

          • Stephen

            I did, no responce, imagine that

          • Jmy

            Well keep trying, little buckaroo.

          • David Hepler

            Would you please post some verifiable sources for us that would support your testimony so we can judge for ourselves? Is there not some sort of “freedom of information” that would allow us to access an official military archive on this battle? If it is available to the public that would allow us to more clearly assess the claims made by you and others. Thank you for your input here.

          • Stephen

            You can Google it, numerous news agencies report on the people who die. “Faces Of The Fallen” is one for instance. It is easy to find. I didn’t think I would need to be defending or documenting the battle, I didn’t take pictures of the checkpoints we drove through and not like the article states “driving over a berm and exposing our underside” because I didn’t think I would need to defend what really happened. I also was keeping my head down to avoid sniper fire, we had 2 snipers in Tallafar who did kill some US soldiers, and that was our real threat. But these are the questions you should be asking the author of the article, make him prove his BS, he won’t be able to besides quoting a fake SF soldier or any other fake first hand account. I had taken lots of pictures, but nothing I think would show I am being truthful and the author is lying.

          • David Hepler

            Thank you I checked the wikipedia site which was helpful.

          • Stephen

            You should be asking the author to post verifiable sources, because he can’t, he made them up. I am a source, but I am not going to post my DD214 with my sensitive information. Go Google Faces of the Fallen. You can sort by units and years and what not. That will show you that we did not pass 15 deaths the whole year, it will show there was no 50 deaths in one day.

          • ShikokuPrincess91

            He’s a shill. No need to read another comment.

          • ShikokuPrincess91

            That’s because you’re a paid shill.

            You and the others on here defending this globalist general.

            You mean to tell me that four or five of you managed to stumble on this article?

            AND you defend not just that battle, but the man himself including his support by McCain?

            Do you also support Slate? Media Matters?

            The greatest scum in your country has rode hard for this guy.
            You’re not going to convince us he’s a decent person. Not until more information is provided.

          • TMS

            Can you point to an example of an Abrams being disabled by an RPG shot at its underside? That would call BS on Stephen’s calling BS.

  • DonnieZen

    Anon sources? Come on. Fake news has ruined the credibility of any article which references only anon sources. Sorry.

    • James Simpson

      The trouble is that people who go on record are abandoned by the political class that needs to back them and then they are defamed by the media. People shy away from quoting them out of fear of being tarred with the same brush. Look at what happened to Phil Haney.

    • Stephen

      It is fake. I was there in 2005. We lost 10-12 all year, we did not lose 50 in a day. I could write all the corrections, but that would be longer than this piece of fiction!

  • HughdePayens

    The crux of the article is whether or not there were actually more than the reported deaths. That is a bombshell if true.

    • James Simpson

      There were.

    • Chiavarm

      It appears that McMaster benefited by the mild causalities of his units and did not have account for the High casualties of the SF units, which were sent to save his arse.

    • Stephen

      It isn’t true, it is all lies. I was there, we did not lose all those people or vehicles. No one called it “little stalingrad”

  • Keith Vann

    Glad I read this report, remind me of David Hackworth’s book “About Face” and “Once an Eagle”. now I know why McMustard was never given a division or corps command but was given a fast track due to politics. Guys like him get soliders killed. Sad.

    • Stephen

      This is fiction, mostly lies. I was in 3rd ACR is 2005. We lost like 10-12 soldiers all year and there is no way we lost 30 Brads in Tallafar, we didn’t lose that many all year. No one called it “Little Stalingrad.” I could go on, but you get the point!

      • Keith Vann

        See a lot trolling by the same person saying the article is not true. Hmmmmm.

        • Stephen

          I am not trolling, I am trying to spread the fact that this article is a lie. I was there, I lived it. This is fiction made to discredit McMaster. It did not happen the way this article says it happened, at all, not even close.

          • ShikokuPrincess91

            When John McCain is supporting someone, that’s a perfect sign that person is an asset for evil.

            You are a brave guy and I love American soldiers. But no amount of comments you can make will take away our suspicions. McMaster is endorsed by all the wrong people and has made himself the subject of suspicion.

            And in this age we can’t trust anyone, sadly. Not even American war veterans are above being exploited or impersonated.

            I am not saying you are. I believe you. But in general you aren’t going to have a dent in the movement to unseat McMaster.

            Even I don’t like him, and I’m Japanese!
            Though I admit I selfishly want you guys to focus on DPRK because we are scared to death over here.

          • Stephen

            You can believe what you want to believe, I don’t care if you think McMaster is an asshole for wanting to be in the military or if you want to think he is the best thing since sliced bread, its your opinion. I just don’t want that opinion to be made from this lie of an article.

          • Louis A Schwartz

            U R AN IDIOT!!!!

          • Stephen

            angry troll

  • Matthew_Vadum

    NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: The anonymous military source now acknowledges he provided incorrect casualty figures. The article has now been updated. Bombthrowers regrets the error.

    • Stephen

      It still has incorrect casualty figures, 3rd ACR lost like 10-12 soldiers all year. This is just a heap of lies. I know, I was there in 2005. There is almost nothing truthful in this whole piece of fiction!

  • chrismalllory

    McMaster’s biggest sin? He fired rabid Israel Firsters. Put America’s interests before those of that insignificant nation on the other side of the world and the knives come out.

    • 8ball

      No. His biggest sin is that doesn’t understand Islam.

      • chrismalllory

        Don’t look, there are Muslims under your bed.

        • 8ball

          Just ignore 1400 years of Islamic history.

        • Louis A Schwartz

          Actually, they soon will be if you and your ilk don’t open your eyes.

    • Louis A Schwartz

      So I guess you proved my point. McMaster is an Anti-Israel, (Anti-Semitic) Pro-Islam Puppet who says that “terrorism is NOT Islamic” when it most certainly is. As it is stated, quite clearly, in the Qu’ran and the Hadith, terrorism is not only supported but commanded. To kill infidel’s and be killed while doing so, is a guaranteed pathway into “Paradise”. It is the highest calling and honor in Islam. McMaster confirms that he is an Islamist Supporter by firing all of Trumps staunch Anti-Islamist Advisor’s while retaining all the Obama Administration’s leftover Islam Deniers. By the way, you do realize that McMaster worked for the biggest Islamist Cheerleader in the world, Barack Obama. This all has to do with the “Muslim Brotherhood’s” infiltration into all U.S. Govt. Agencies. (which McMaster is enabling, as he did, by inviting some of its members to a meeting three weeks ago at the White House) Maybe you don’t realize that being Pro-Israel is closely related to being Anti-Islamic. Not really a stretch is it? McMaster’s policies on Islam are based on total, purposeful misinformation and willful ignorance. It is very bad for the NSC and the U.S. P.S. Stop being such an Anti-Semite, yourself.

  • Bobby

    Good work James, you are appreciated! #FireMcMaster, said for months. Also says, tells all under him. iSIS, Terrorists groups, are not Islam. Makes all use a book, by a Muslim liar, deceived, deceiver, as the NSA guidebook. Fired all truth telling, USA-Trump patriots.Keeps Obama’s, and treason to have, muslims in Gov. He’s a Globalist hack, leaked info to should be fired. Same, McCabe,FBI # 2-Clinton Global foundation. Army refuses #DisasterMcMaster back.What he did to Israel, sick. Now, training and US arms terror groups, around Israel. Genesis 12:3, warning to Nations about Israel. Got natural disaster warnings, every time a leader comes against Israel, God-given land. Now, also arming their and our enemies.Most all, within 48 hrs, to a week, after. See John McTernan, ” As America Does to Israel”,Bill Koenig, his ‘Eye to Eye’ and newer book, videos. Others on Sid Roth, Prophecy in the News, etc. Every time. Europe, Canada, and Islamic. McMaster buys the false god and lie of our enemies. Bill, watch.org watches and said a natural disaster, coming. 2 weeks ago. Choice, Nations blessed for standing for Israel,and land. Kushner, no peace talks. McMaster, no arming with out tax money, weapons, to their and our enemies. God is going to have Trump, throttle same enemies. Replace McMaster with top, bold, strong, expert, retired Gen.Boykin.Lord gave him a vision in Vietnam. Of in the future, fighting an unconventional war. He started Delta Force and other special ops. Was fired as Undersecretary of Defense. By Bush, for refusing to stop sounding the alarm on Islam, and Commies in the US Gov.Bushes religion of peace, lie from hell. Boykin exposed with the truth. More concerned about USA and the People. Since, still warning and exposing all, and in with.

    • Stephen

      I was in 3rd ACR is 2005, this article just simply isn’t true. We lost 10-12 people all year, saying 50 in a day just is a flat out lie. We did not lose 30 Bradleys, just like soldier deaths, we never came that close, anywhere close, the whole year. This piece of fiction is just a heap of lies!

      • Bobby

        Thanks for you, and your service Stephen. I lost my daddy, at 3, in the Army. Even being there, does not give you the whole picture. Main info, is from what you are told, by guys like Globalist McMaster, agenda driven, lying MSM.

        • Stephen

          I think we would notice 30 Brads getting blown up, or the Abrams, or the 50 people in one day. The truth is, 3rd ACR lost 10-12 soldiers that year. You can verify that, there is nothing to verify anything this piece of fiction says. It is all lies. No one called it “Little Stalingrad.” 2nd Squadron never faced annihilation. Brads and Abrams never had to drive over berms to get into the city, there were checkpoints with roads to drive through. The false information goes on and on. This isn’t about not seeing everything, this is about this article not being able to be supported by anything. Where as what I have said, can be supported by facts.

  • Nina Sage

    McCain, and McMasters., are both wrong on Islam. That’s my biggest concern. They do not see it as the enemy it is, but what they want it to be. McBraindamage, despite his service, has no particular military knowledge beyond being a jet jockey POW, and his choice of people he admires is questionable. McMasters, is a legend in his own mind.

  • malaka_eneuresis

    Could the Saudi and Soros donations to the McCain Institute have any influence on the senator’s actions ???

  • SteveB✅ Proud Deplorable

    If McCain supported President McMasters, that proves he’s a Globalist and non Patriot, plus all around Islamic Apologist.

    • Stephen

      Nope, doesn’t prove it. This story is a giant ball of lies. I know, I was there in 2005.

      • ShikokuPrincess91

        Did McCain, the most evil human being in your government, support him?
        If so that demands investigation.

        • Stephen

          How does one person supporting another prove they are globalists or non-patriots? I guess under that logic, Trump is a nazi because nazis support him!

  • Jim McCarten

    This article is nonsense for this line alone, quoted from an “SF Officer”…”I lost 40 men KIA [killed in action] in one day and a total of 50 lost from my unit alone during the pause, with many more wounded”. Really? We lost 40-50 Special Operations folks in one day which would make that day 5 times more deadly than the infamous Desert One Operation in 1980?

    • Stephen

      I was in 3rd ACR under McMaster. This seems completely made up. I have never heard of any of this extreme casualties the article is saying, I never heard of Tallafar as “little Stalingrad”. This has to be a bad attempt at a smear campaign.

  • cjmcd

    mcmaster looked slimy to begin the whole charade. If mccain backs him, he has to be worthless as is mccain; birds of a feather ……and all that. Having been in the military, I am aware of their good ole’ boy network and how the a**kissers clan up for protection and furthering their “careers.” Disgusting at the very least.

    • Stephen

      Too bad this piece of fiction is mostly lies. I was there in 2005, this “article” is just filled with lies.

      • ShikokuPrincess91

        Youre posting a little too much to not seem like a shill.

        McMasters is scum to me now because I just read about him being angry at the POTUS’ response about Charlottesville.

        If he is a globalist i don’t care what his war record is. He should be fired. And tarred and feathered like you Americans did in your revolution.

        • Stephen

          I am posting because I am annoyed at this author lying, and lying so damn much. I am sick of fiction being written and passed off as the truth. If no one stands up for the truth, people will believe lies.

  • bandonbeachbum

    I am asking God to open POTUS eyes and remove McDhimmi.

    • Stephen

      Funny, I am asking God to open your eyes to the fact this article is a lie. I know, because I was there in 2005. There was no mass casualties like the article happened. There was no botch entering the city. The only thing it got right is that 3rd ACR was in Tallafar in 2005. Everything else is fiction.

      • bandonbeachbum

        Stephen, I certainly don’t want to believe lies. Thank you for praying that I will know the truth about this matter. I want McMaster to speak out strongly against Islamic terror and Islamic jihad I’m waiting and listening but so far he sounds like a politically-correct polititian which is why he occupies the rank and position he has now. If he isn’t 100% dedicated to defeating the Islamic Caliphate I am asking God to remove and replace him with someone who is.

        • Stephen

          He is, just not the way Trump or a lot of people back here do. He came out to speak to us while we were in Iraq, can’t remember if it was Baghdad, Sinjar, or Tallafar, but he said the plan was like this: People are a commodity to the US and terrorists. Terrorists use people for recruiting, money, intel, and stealth. They get that commodity by using terror and violence. The US uses people of Iraq for intel on terrorists, to recruit into the police and army, and to not aid the terrorist. We win them over by use of respect, security, and hope. All the things the terrorist can’t provide them, especially if they are a different religion than the terrorist. Our mission was to win the people, so they fight the terrorists for us. That is how McMaster sees the fight against terrorists. Soldiers going to another country to fight the enemy on their ground is an expensive war, that is what McMaster wants to wants to change. Have them fight the foreigner terrorists coming in from Syria on different terms. The terrorists sending in forces into another nation making that costly battle.

          • bandonbeachbum

            Obama wouldn’t even say Islamic terrorism, let alone defend against. Do you think McMasters can or will? What I’m concerned about is that we, as a nation, politically and militarily simply don’t have the will to defeat it. Are you following the battle for TalFar? I am praying it ends quickly with our desisive victory

          • Stephen

            Obama wasn’t President when we (3rd ACR) were in Tallafar, so I don’t see the connection being relevant.

          • bandonbeachbum

            The relevence is whether McMasters is as soft on Islamic terrorism as Obama was. You don’t think he is and I am not convinced that he isn’t. Only time will tell. In the meantime I’m praying God’s truth, justice and will be revealed. Shalom

          • Stephen

            He was very aggressive in killing terrorists.

          • bandonbeachbum

            I pray that he is aggressive in keeping them out of our country.

          • Stephen

            It isn’t the same. I don’t know how to explain it with out repeating myself. McMaster even wrote a book about what went wrong in Vietnam, he is aware and tries to avoid it. The book he wrote is called “dereliction of duty” where he is extremely critical about the plan in Vietnam. McMaster, and myself, see that avoiding civilian casualties is critical to the mission. Nothing creates terrorists faster than killing innocent civilians.

          • bandonbeachbum

            I agree completely. For me, that includes civilian casualties in the US as a result of Islamic terrorism. That is why I want extreme vetting of people coming into our country; especially from countries who give safe harbor to Islamic terrorists such as Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen….the numbers are increasing at a time when we seem to be losing the will to defend against Islamic jihad..

          • ShikokuPrincess91

            Is he a globalist or a nationalist?

          • Stephen

            I’m a veteran and I am neither of those. So stop lying

          • Louis A Schwartz

            “McMaster, and myself, see that avoiding civilian casualties is critical to the mission”. Glad you had such a close and cordial relationship with McMaster.

          • Stephen

            Nice try troll, go somewhere else

          • Louis A Schwartz

            Again, Stephen, We are talking apples and oranges. Nobody “dissing” McMaster in this “Comments Section” Everyone is concerned about what McMaster’s policies will be, Here In The U.S.A., regarding the Islamic Terrorist infiltration we are experiencing. We are worried about what direct actions he will take as Director of the NSC. Will his attitude be Pro or Anti-Islam (in the U.S.) and so far, it doesn’t look good. He fired all Trump’s hand-picked, staunch Anti-Islamic proponents at the NSC and has already banned speaking the phrase ” Radical Islamic Terrorists”. Not a good start. These are facts not opinions. Stop talking about McMaster’s performance as a General in Iraq. At this point, we don’t care. It is irrelevant to our concerns and fears. We are worried about what is going on in America Now, Not what was going on in Iraq, years ago. Do you understand? McMaster’s Pro-Islamic stance is well documented and his actions back this up. The section of this article that states that, is true and fact based. Please try to live in the present and not in your mind.

          • Stephen

            I am not here to argue McMaster’s policies or personality. I don’t care what you think of him, I only care what you think of him is based on fact. This article is all lies. That is all I am here to argue, the lies in the article.

      • Louis A Schwartz

        This entire article is irrelevant. The Important and only critical fact about McMaster is that he is a raving Islamist like his mentors (including Gen. Petraeus) and the former president. (lower case p) This is a fact borne out by his own statements and actions. (plus plenty of sourced info) I don’t give a sh*t about his military career. Whether it was great or crap doesn’t matter. It is the question of his NSC command that matters. His NSC leadership is highly questionable, at best. That is my only concern.

        • Stephen

          I don’t really care what you think about McMaster, my issue is that you are basing that opinion on the truth and not the lies in this article.

          • Louis A Schwartz

            Stephen, Isn’t your entire post your opinion? You provide no facts to prove McMaster is not an Anti-Israel, Anti-Semite. I have read his quotes from several other articles in which he openly reveals his Anti-Israel bias,like calling Israel “the occupying power.” and expressing support for “Hamas”. Not only does he exhibit a total lack of concern regarding “Radical Islam’s” infiltration in America, but he is willfully enabling it.(look up his meeting at the White House last week with representatives of CAIR, OIC, MSA, etc. It was quite cordial. Then later in the week, a meeting with Israeli Diplomats where he “dissed” their concerns regarding “Hamas”) These are verified FACTS not my opinions. As I said in my previous post, “I don’t give a sh*t about his military career”. You seem to conflate my criticism of his personal bias and prejudice, which I think is horrible given his influence on middle east policy, with my complete lack of opinion on his military career. Read the entire post before you jump in and add your obvious “hero worship” opinions of Gen. McMaster. My opinion: He will be an incompetent NSC Director or even a dangerous one. Many times a great General turns out to be a terrible Policy Director.(examples are available) The two are not necessarily inherently joined innate abilities. I hope I have given you enough examples to support my argument against Gen. McMaster and have clarified my position on him. I thank you for your service to our country. Additionally, I add one of my many unsolicited and unprofessional opinions and that is, you should seek medical attention for your possible PTSD. Take a pill and F*ckin’ Relax, Dude. OK, I get it the article is not backed up with facts but I have presented my own fact to support what I KNOW to be true. Quote from this article: “He is even being defended by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the propaganda arm of the Palestinian terrorist group HAMAS”. Fact: This is verified by many different sources. Again, from the article, more documented, verified, provable Facts from both print media and online sites: “When reflexively anti-American, anti-military outlets like Mother Jones, Slate and the Washington Post offer fawning praise for a Republican military commander, the reasons underlying those plaudits deserve further investigation. When anti-American, anti-military, George Soros-funded, extreme leftist smear operations like Media Matters go to war to defend a Trump political appointee, it casts a shadow on everything about the man. When the anti-American, terrorism-supporting, Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated CAIR defends an American general, the alarm bells drown out all other sound”. That is all I have. Ciao. P.S. Stephen, your loyalty and devotion to Gen. McMaster is admirable.

          • Stephen

            Like I mentioned before, I don’t care what you think of McMaster, I only care that it is based on the truth.

  • Stephen

    I was in 3rd ACR is 2005 under McMaster. We did not receive anywhere near as many casualties as this article states. This is a piece of fiction, a smear campaign against McMaster. I never heard of Tallafar being called “little Stalingrad.” The only thing this piece of fiction got right was that McMaster was in charge, that 3rd ACR went to Iraq in 2005. After that, don’t believe any of it.

    • Ryan Richardson

      I was in the 3D ACR too, and fought in operation restoring rights. This article is 3/4 lies mixed with 1/4 truth at best. I was in the city for something like 30 days straight before, during, and after the mission. I don’t remember 2nd squadron being surrounded facing annihilation. I actually did see McMasters a few times in the city during the early days of the mission. We did not take nearly as many casualties as it claims here. However, we were held back when the enemy was reeling. The mission did also take longer then expected.

      • Stephen

        I pretty sure we would have noticed 50 some casualties in one day, especially since we lost 10-12 people all year. and 30 Brads? Hell, did the whole Regiment even have 30 Brads?

  • Ken

    This is literally the most stupid, unresearched article I’ve ever read. Hey moron, 3ACR doesn’t even have Chinooks. At no point was the Regiment ever in danger. In fact, the mission was such a great success that it was over in three days. After that, it was simply a clean up. It was a genius move to clear the city, isolating the insurgents from the population.

    The citation from Bocain is even worse. First of all, they were literally afraid to go into the city. My conversation with them re: Sarai: “so what about Sarai?”, I asked. “Uh…we don’t go there.” They would drive as fast as they could around the city in order to avoid getting shot at. They had allowed for a small issue to explode into a full on take over of the city.

    The SF source is the biggest joke, however. Nothing he wrote is accurate, not even the capability of the Abrams. What kind of moron thinks that an RPG is effective vs an Abrams???

    If you can’t get the most basic of things correct in simple research, how can you get the main point correct? Don’t be a moron, readers.

    • bandonbeachbum

      Ken, Was this before or after they did the modifications and fortifications on the tanks? Weren’t they called M-Wraps?

      • Ken

        MRAPs aren’t tanks, and wheeled vehicles weren’t allowed in the city anyway, due to the votality of the situation. If it wasn’t tracked, it wasn’t driving in Tal Afar. The M1 was incredibly effective, as were Bradleys.

        • Stephen

          We had a couple times where wheeled vehicles were in the city. There were the dump trucks at night, 50 some dump trucks, delivering dirt somewhere. Not even kidding, we counted, they used night as cover so they wouldn’t be easy targets. Even then, they used the road that went around the city, which was like 50-100 yards from us in Predator Battery and Dragon Company who parked at OPs outside to watch 24/7. When we had people in the hospital for a prolonged period, we had a truck deliver food, but it took a main road that was heavily guarded and patrolled. We had that city clamped down. Take it from us eye witnesses, this story is fiction, that “SF” guy is fake.

  • ShikokuPrincess91

    This comment section is full of paid shills from Media Matters. They’ve been sent to defend their guy from exposure.

    You mean that five critics with the same info converged on this article at the same time randomly?
    You mean “Stephen,” a typical “first name only” shill name, served on the ground and is telling the truth?

    Do you doubt me? Think about this;

    John McCain, the utter scum of the Earth, who deliberately screwed over the American people and saved Obamacare just to spite your president, fully endorsed and SOLIDLY SUPPORTS McMaster.
    Meanwhile McCain has stood against your president the entire time.

    Slate defends McMaster. SLATE!
    David Brock, the biggest shitstain alive today next to Kin Jong Eun, SUPPORTS McMaster!
    That’s right, the leftist media propagandist who has defended the Deep State and those accused of pedophilia, defends McMaster!

    I am totally open with who I am; I am Japanese nationalist who wants to see globalism ended. I want America to be as strong a nation as possible. If only for self-interest.
    McMasters supports those who would fill our country and yours with Islamic immigrants.
    An ocean of blood is on his hands and others.

    Ask yourself- if McMasters is so great, why has Mike Cernovich gone so hard against him? Breitbart News? Alex Jones? Jack Posobiec? Stephan Molyneux?

    What does a poor man’s Lex Luther (McMasters) think about the wall? Illegal invaders filling your country? The SWAMP????

    Paid shills and David Brock take note;
    You gave ZERO effectiveness now. You are exposed.

    The nationalists of the world are joining together to save our nation, under the American president, who is the greatest hero living. So tough.

    • Stephen

      You’re a liar too. I am not paid, I am a veteran who is annoyed at this lying article. I shown you evidence is out there that this is all a lie. The author has provided no evidence except made up anonymous sources. You have no proof point to me being a paid shill, because there is no evidence. You and this author have something in common, crap argument. You make an accusation, provide no evidence and expect people to believe it. I challenge you to prove what he said it true, I dare you to prove that it is true. There was no 50 killed in a day, there was no almost destruction of 2nd squadron, and a lot of the other lies. So stop lying.

      • Louis A Schwartz

        U R A USEFUL IDIOT

        • Stephen

          Go troll somewhere else

  • Justin Lilley

    There is a lot of inaccuracies in this blog, almost all of it. I served under McMasters in the “Battle for Tal-Afar” as a Non-Commisioned Officer with Grim Troop 2/3 ACR. Many people who have read this article probably don’t get what you’re trying to do here, but I do, and It’s a fine example of why media and politics in this country are failing. It’s shamefull, misleading misinformation. It’s no wonder the world doesn’t trust us, and most people in this country don’t trust us either. It’s nothing but finger pointing and redirection. Sir you are a complicit offender in the story of why journalism is failing in this country and it’s what’s wrong with America. You serve your motives and feed on likes, but it only shames yourself. If you want to know how good a tactitician someone is, ask his enemy (I don’t know of any that survived) if you want to know how he did it read about it in a history book (there are several) if you want to how any man would want to follow him through hell to get it done then you ask the men who served under him (All of them). Brave Rifles!

    • Justin Lilley

      There is no cover up, it’s just not true.

  • Joe Tenaglia

    I know of the General Mr. Simpson is referring to in this article. As a former Navy Special Operations officer (EOD) In a different situation he came to my aid and saved my life, which he has done for many others. I know him to be a battle scarred, tactically brilliant, man of integrity with a selfless dedication to his country and the soldiers under his charge. He is not a political general. His career accomplishments remain sealed, he does not say much which is unusual in this day and age. His casualty figures are approximates made in the fog of war and perhaps muddled by time and the ferocious fighting. But there is no doubt he (and others) is the real deal and remembers the battle much differently than has been portrayed. In 2005 the war in Iraq initiated by questionable motives was bogged down in a chaotic battle between competing insurgencies fueled by mistakes made at the highest levels. Bush needed a victory, the cry was “Bush Lied People Died”. Its not hard to imagine politics and political generals coming into play.

    • Stephen

      What are you talking about? There is no General Simpson refereed to in this article.

  • Michael Decker

    How long have we been in Iraq and Afghanistan? It’s always the last guys fault with these shysters. The Takfiris are being funded by whom people? When ISIS is destroyed the racket will create another one. The Saudis laugh their hind ends off at our gullibility and our hubris. 20 trillion in debt and spending funny money like drunken sailors on shore leave. No offense squids. If McMaster thinks playing nice with the towel heads is going to work he’s pissing into the wind.

  • Joe Tenaglia

    Many of the casualties at the battle for Tal Afar in ’05 were sustained by the rescue forces sent in after 3rd ACR became bogged down by the insurgents fighting from prepared positions, much like we later saw in Mosul ’16/17. Their tactics and weapons included IED’s, SA-9 shoulder fired missiles and excellent snipers using Russian Dragonov rifles. The SOG sent in consisted mostly of Rangers brought in from other missions. Multiple casualties caused by the downing of a Chinook not assigned to the 3rd ACR carrying a heavy weapons unit. A former SAS member described the battle as a repeat of the battle of Mogidishu. While some of the insurgents did escape prior to the main offensive in early September many stayed to fight it out. The escapees lived to fight another day.