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Another Side of Col. Lehr

Jul 31, 2020
For more on Col. Lehr, consult my friend Noah Shachtman of Danger Room, who quotes the guy getting, um, rather kinetic:
“We do a lot more bullying — a lot more stick than carrot — than in a western culture. They understand power here. Fear. Intimidation. Artillery for days at the trigger point sends a message… Get your shit together, and we will help you, as opposed to hinder you,” Col. Lehr told me, as we picked through a farm-turned-insurgent-hideout. “There are certain levels you have to sink to, in order to get business done.”
Today, at the end of his deployment in Diyala province, Col. Lehr, the commander of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, said he still believed in that strong-armed, high-explosive approach.
It “sends a significant message,” he said in a conference call this morning. “It’s just like if were started shooting artillery rounds into your neighborhood… It would quickly get your attention.”
It appears that on the phone I was treated to the softer side of Sears, as it were.
Hajra Shannon

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