Bothan Herald:Traitor On Christophsis

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Arsonius T. Xenophasis reporting from somewhere he should probably be leaving very soon, very quickly...

Republic forces are now firmly established on the surface of Christophsis, but not without certain difficulties and several unfortunate calls. Admiral Wullf Yularen has returned to the fleet, but Generals Kenobi and Skywalker remain here. However, only a small portion of the 327th Star Corps and 501st Legion appear to have been deployed, and rather than utilize our orbiting starships to provide detailed geographic information, our Jedi commanders chose instead to send a single platoon on a reconnaissance foray. Apparently, they encountered a unit of droids, and eliminated them; however, rather than recognize that this encounter compromised our plans and adjust them accordingly, the Jedi chose to persist in their scheme of trapping the Separatist forces in a Crystal City plaza, which although I am no tactician seemed to me incomprehensibly shortsighted in presuming that a single ambush would guarantee elimination of all enemy droids. Nor, for that matter, was the existence of bioscanners and other sensor devices that detect hostiles remembered.

Incredibly, the ambush did not result in disaster, although this by no means it succeeded. Instead, the weakness of our strategy was shown when the Separatist column split in two, thereby rendering the whole plan worthless. No alternate plans existed for the very likely event that this ambush failed, and Generals Kenobi and Skywalker were forced to extract their clones under harrowing circumstances. Withdrawing in an gunship, our forces were able to ascertain from a captured droid brain that our military intelligence had been compromised. Kenobi and Skywalker have accredited their failure to this revelation, and have satisfied their superiors likewise, but I am unconvinced. For all their heroism, these two Jedi are, one year into this war, still consistently proving themselves inept commanders. Why are not trained military officers commanding our clones? Hiding in buildings, hoping an enemy column will pass by, and conducting every fight in accordance with the gun-slinging mores of holofilms rather than the scientific fire-team tactics of modern infantry is once again proven absurd. In fact, it may only be good fortune that we possess such even more inept opponents that prevented this entire encounter from ending in a shameful and morally debilitating defeat.

Kenobi and Skywalker did not adjust their tactics, and instead left their duties as commanders by gallivanting off on BARC speeders to conduct their own nighttime reconnaissance, a move that I nevertheless approve because it only improved the combat capabilities of our troops by leaving them in the hands of trained officers. While gone, they appear to have encountered Asajj Ventress, one of Count Dooku’s pet Jedi killers. This encounter seems to have seems to have served some purpose, because whilst away, one of our clones was revealed to be a traitor, a fact only discovered by his awareness that the Jedi were absent. Yes, my readers, Kenobi and Skywalker left their command duties without the knowledge of their troops.

Anyway, once apprehended, if only after destroying our armored vehicles and weapons depot, this traitorous clone revealed his reasons as being anger at the involuntary nature of the Grand Army of the Republic. His protest is against the involuntary service of the clone troopers, which, all things considered, is actually a very valid point. Conscription of unwilling civilians is one thing, as law proscribes such service to citizens, but are our clones even citizens of the Republic? And for that matter, where are they from? Who breeds them? Who trains them? From where is our army?

The Bothan Herald reporter Karohalva.

"This is The Bothan Herald."
―James Earl Jones