Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
I think the people have gotten dumber
Rep. Gary L. Ackerman (D)
We can teach these barbarians a lesson
in Western methods and efficiency
that will put them to shame
--The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Ranger will now be the fly in the punchbowl.
A recent cheery announcement says "Spy Planes Cut Roadside Bomb Deaths":
"Spy planes that capture images of insurgents carrying explosives from Pakistan and sensors that detect wires that trigger the bombs have helped to mitigate the No. 1 threat to U.S. troops in Afghanistan -- roadside bombs -- over the past year.
"The Pentagon has filled the skies over Afghanistan with high-tech sensors, and the effect has been measurable. ..."
When bombers are using wires to detonate improvised explosive devices (IEDs), this indicates a low level of sophistication. If they were using advanced techniques they would be using detonators WITHOUT wires. Further, this indicates the ISI is probably not supplying the bomb makers as we would see an elevated level of sophistication.
The U.S. is wasting precious time and money on sophisticated 21st century devices tracking pre-technological improvised explosive devices using cord, often not even worthy of the word "bomb". How smart -- or necessary -- is that?
The article describes insurgents stuck somewhere in a World War II movie, like Bridge On the River Kwai. Moreover, how is the denial of insurgent bomb makers in the borderlands of Afghanistan and Pakistan making us here in The Homeland any safer? When was the last roadside IED detonated here in the United States?
What exactly are the soldiers doing whom the drones are protecting in Afghanistan? The threat to Afghanistan by insurgents is not the same as the threat to the U.S. by radical Islamic terror groups like al-Qaeda.
Until we realize this glitch in our military raison d'etre, we will continue to roam the earth seeking wires in the sand.