Oh, this is ridiculous! Pack it in, give it up and let's get all of our troops home!
Baghdad - US-led forces have bombed eight bridges on the Euphrates River in western Iraq to stop insurgents using them, US military spokesperson Major General Rick Lynch said Thursday.
"We have been taking out portions of bridges with precision strikes," he told a news conference.
Of 12 bridges between the Syrian border and Ramadi, 110km west Baghdad, "four remain under control of the coalition forces and Iraqi forces after precision strikes on the others," he said.
"One of the vulnerabilities of this insurgency is freedom of movement," he added.
"We took out portions of these bridges to deny terrorists, foreign fighters and insurgents the capability to cross north to south or south to north across the Euphrates River."
The comments on the News Blog indicate people are just flabbergasted. Blowing bridges is the last desperate thing an army does before it retreats from an area forever and never returns. Defending bridges is something people do in old World War II movies all the time. There's a reason for that. That's not hyperbole. Bridges are how you move troops around the country. The country can probably get by without a few bridges for awhile, but there's usually an economic reason that a bridge is built in a particular place.