The Globe and Mail (dead tree version), November 15, 2004, page A14,
by Barrie McKenna, Washington
By-line reads: Cleanup begins after bloody assault on Fallujah
U.S. military commanders were clearly pleased that the operation had gone more smoothly than a failed bid by 2,000 marines in April to take back the city from its insurgent defenders.
Surely, the Canadian newspaper that wants to be known as the Paper of Record for Canada can do a better job than this. The Marines never failed to take Fallujah in April 2004 because the Marines were never allowed to launch a full-scale assault on Fallujah until November 2004.
If there is a fault to be assigned for Fallujah not being liberated sooner from insurgent control the responsibility for that fault lies with the civilian authority-not the with USMC. The marines were more than ready, willing and able to take back Fallujah in April – all they were lacking was the order to unleash their might.
Furthermore, I would not characterize insurgents as "defenders" unless I was routing for the jihadist’s who keep the slaughterhouses filled.
(Tipped off by Montana, Marine Observer)