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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Afghanistanley


The normal denizen of the Western world ...
I think it is fair to say,

doesn’t know who he is, what he believes, or what he is doing

--Diagnosing the Modern Malaise
, Walker Percy
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There are lies and there are lies. Both categories added together form U.S. Counterinsurgency policy.

The latest Big Lie is Stan the Man McChrystal will utilize the surge additions to his command to secure the major cities and important population centers. That is the plan, anyway. So why do the majority of the pictures emerging from theatre show our troops in god forsaken environments far from major population centers; technically, in Bumfuck Egypt?


We are being told one thing, while General McChrystal is doing another. At least Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday
she will no longer wheedle resistant representatives to vote for more troops for our outstandingly unjustifiable continuing COIN efforts. At least that.

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4 Comments:

Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

yeah. i can't help myself from flashing on good ol' westmoreland every time i see our mcGenral.

godfrey daniel, mother of pearl.

after this new 30,000 gets chewed the fuck up, that's when the hawks and the brass will be saying

"another 50,000 and we'll turn the corner on this..."

then,

"another 50,000...."

the brass doesn't ask for reinforcements when shit's going great.

that the call has been made speaks volumes to this old jungle fighter.

Friday, December 18, 2009 at 5:28:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

MB,
I must say this- at least we had a chance , howsoever slight to pull it off in RVN, but AFGH is a turd and will remain so no matter how much you mold it.
Neither war was right and all the kings horses etc... can't make it whole.
Merry fucking Christmas.
jim

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 10:32:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

What I see as the difference is that the North Viets were a) well funded and well trained, and b) furnished with a safe place to rest, rearm and retrain after get the hurt put on them. The Talibs don't have this and never will.

The notion that we should spend blood and treasure to put a friendly regime in Kabul isn't exactly foolish - but given the minimal influence of Kabul over the rest of the country, and the likelihood of turnover as the various factions climb over each other to be on top - but the idea that we can do that by fighting a conventional war with conventional maneuver forces IS.

If your old snake-eating buddies were still of the quality they had in 1965 or 1970 I'd say that the way to lick this ice-cream cone would be to turn it over to 1SFGA and let them make the Afghan Army and police into something better than worthless. I'd say that's still the best and most effective course of action. McWesty's cunning plan?

Not so much.

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 12:34:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Terrible said...

"So why do the majority of the pictures emerging from theatre show our troops in god forsaken environments far from major population centers; technically, in Bumfuck Egypt?"

My best guess Jim would be to secure and ensure a monopoly for patented genetically engineered seeds from Monsanto.

Meet the Monsanto Brigade:
"The California group is part of a Pentagon agribusiness development program to win support from rural villagers by helping them improve the yield of their crops and the health of their livestock."
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/12/21/MNTL1B76SJ.DTL

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 11:37:00 AM GMT-5  

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