Tuesday, March 13, 2012
U.S. soldiers keep watch at the entrance of a military base near Alkozai village following the shooting of Afghan civilians allegedly committed by a U.S. soldier in Panjwayi district, Kandahar province on March 11, 2012.
So an American goes rogue & pulls a terrorist act on a Muslim population & the Taliban are all up in arms. Am I the only one who sees the utter hypocrisy here? Eff 'em - what's good for the goose is good for the gander. Don't get me wrong I'm not endorsing what happened over there - ALL terrorists are criminal scum; US soldier massmurderer, Taliban alike - and this guy deserves to swing from a rope like all the rest of the terr's.
Hard on the heels of the Koran burning episode it's difficult to imagine we can be combat effective in Afghanistan anymore. Sun Tzu would recognize that the enemy has managed to make us combat ineffective on that particular battlefield and he would advise that it is folly to remain in place and slug it out in what has become at long last become a quagmire; not least of all because our national leadership and our incompetant NATO allies have turned the war effort into a gigantic legalize nightMare.
US soldiers venture forth on patrols with a lawyer in their back pocket known as the ROE - Rules of Engagement - that makes closing with and destroying a committed enemy next to impossible. To make matters worse, any support they expect from NATO counterparts has to be approved at Minister of Defense level of whatever country is fronting up the support. What this means is you're getting ready to take your element through the wire on patrol and at the last minute you are informed that the Euroweenie element you expected to back you up as QRF - Quick Reaction Force - has been pulled at the last minute. Suddenly you're on your own in Indian Country - this is no way to fight a war; by committee.
The place isn't called the Graveyard of Empires for nothing - since time immemorial Afghanistan has been easy to take, impossible to hold. Alexander made it all the way there and wept because there were no more worlds to conquer; the British Empire lost an entire army there . . .
. . . even the mighty, mighty Soviet Red Army got it's ass handed to it by a bunch of stone age tribesmen armed with Lee-Enfields and Stingers. At least we gave as good as we got if not better - we liberated millions, kicked ass on a bunch of green-toothed Taliban savages and shut down al Qaeda's main training grounds. Now it's time to GTFO take our bats & balls & go home. Plenty of GWOT to fight elsewhere . . .
Posted by STORMBRINGER at 10:57