Spectacular fail *is* a reason to end it… 19 July 2010Posted by marisacat in 2012 Re Election, Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, Lie Down Fall Down Dems, WAR!.
The Boys back in May, 2009 at fav Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington. (AP)
From the Fox News report:
The president has said he wants to keep his finger on the pulse of the regular guy, but traveling with his “Regular Joe” deputy in a massive motorcade is certainly not something your average Joe can do.
Nonetheless, the two waited patiently in the food line at the Arlington, Va burger joint amongst surprised customers and Obama even pulled out his own cash to pay for both his and the press’ food. He also tossed a 5-buck tip into the tip jar. [big guy big tip — Mcat]
When the food came, Obama ushered the press out, in what appeared to be his attempt to focus on solving the world’s ills with the veep from his perch on a stool at Ray’s.
Tho who knows what the real objective was in Afghanistan… another headline at The Guardian said there is a water shortage in Kabul. The bomber that made it to the market in Kabul, killing three yesterday, crossed thru the (don’t make me laugh too hard) “ring of steel”.
For years now it is said, all we hold (and we should drop it and flee) IS Kabul, for however long we can hold it.
The US military build-up in Kandahar is likely to further strengthen the hold of the Taliban over the vital southern Afghanistan city, a highly respected security organisation said today in a bleak report warning of record Taliban violence and rising civilian deaths across the country.
The report by the Afghanistan NGO Security Office, which monitors trends in violence on behalf of aid organisations, said Nato’s counter-insurgency strategy was not showing any signs of succeeding amid rising violence, the unchecked establishment of local militias and a huge increase in attacks on private development workers across the country.
It revealed that June marked a record for Taliban attacks – up 51% on the previous year to 1,319 operations. snip
Marjah, which was utterly misrepresented in every way, from build up to assault, to the American people (those listening) failed. Kandahar shows every sign of failing (whatever that may be) and both are, in a new report assessing NATO and US Afghan war expeditions, compared to Helmand. Which failed.
[I]t was sceptical that the next stage of the operation, in and around Kandahar, would be any better. It said the operation was “very unlikely to be the ‘breaking point’ of the Taliban”.
“It seems more likely to go the way of Operation Moshtarak, in Helmand, with lots of public ballyhoo around the actions of the IMF while the Afghan ‘partners’ discreetly pursue their own, often countervailing, agendas.”
It added that the military buildup in Kandahar, which will see fighting take place in districts surrounding the city in the autumn, “will cause a significant rise in support for the armed opposition in Kandahar and, with that, make eventual Taliban ascendency feasible”. snip
Here is an idea: Let the people have their own country…
However, I don’t see us giving up our long distance race wars and slave patrolling. Seems to be our evil hobby.
It also raised concerns about the increasing use of local people to defend their own villages – a strategy that David Petraeus, the US commander of Nato forces in the country, is strongly in favour of expanding.
There were already cases of the so-called “militias” causing the same problems as the 1963 South Vietnamese Self Defence Corps, including partnering with insurgents to steal from the local population, the report said.
Could we stop killing people? Here and there? All the theres?