Well, of course the war, in the truest sense, will go on after 2014, because the war isn’t finished there. Just because one party says it’s done, doesn’t mean it’s over. Mars don’t care about your stupid calendar. Nevertheless, we have this from NBC news: KABUL – While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of [...]
I’m starting to believe the “fierce moral urgency” of ending the “good war” in Afghanistan is like Obamacare. Why not make Afghanistan a US state? While many Americans have been led to believe the war in Afghanistan will soon be over, a draft of a key U.S.-Afghan security deal obtained by NBC News shows the United States is prepared to maintain military outposts in Afghanistan for many years to come, and pay to support hundreds of thousands of Afghan security forces.
Stand by to meet Corporal Dipprasad Pun, of 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles. (Plot spoiler, he’s fucking stud and a stone-cold killer.) A Gurkha soldier who single-handedly defeated more than 30 Taliban fighters has been awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross by the Queen. Corporal Dipprasad Pun, 31, described how he was spurred on by the belief that he was going to die and so had nothing to lose in taking on the attackers who overran his checkpoint in Afghanistan. His gallantry award is second only to the Victoria Cross – the highest honour for bravery in the face of [...]
GW’64 sent in a link to this (ongoing, disgraceful) story, and offered the following commentary: Recently, MSNBC broke a story about unspeakable conditions at Dawood Military Hospital in Kabul. It seems (surprise, surprise) that a thoroughly-corrupt Afghan administration has systematically pillaged the hospital of its medications, supplies, and equipment, to the point that patients – mostly wounded Afghan service members – are literally starving, uncared for, untreated, or stunningly mal-treated. Of course, the stolen stuff was all paid for by the American taxpayers. But that’s not the worst of it: It seems army Major General Gary Patton was actively involved [...]
SOMEONE JUST CROSSED THE RUBICON. Tyranny! Is it directed at VMI alumni?? If they had enforced that when *I* was in Kabul, well, I’d probably have been deported. (I have no idea if this is real or not, but it’s hilarious either way.)
JF from Michigan (attn BR BullNav!) sent this in; it belongs to his son from the Class of 2010, about to wrap up nine months with the 3d ID in Afghanistan. Thanks, Dad! Regards and best wishes for a smooth trip to young 1LT F. UPDATE: Steady reader LBL94 chimes in from Minnesota, with a telling “still life” photo. We like you, Doctor. SO– WHERE ARE YOURS?? Send them to vmijpp AT hotmail DOT com.
You need to see this. I don’t have words to describe it.
As I was checking my email, I looked at my linkedIn discussions, a title hooked me in from the US Army Armor and Cavalry group. The discussion is about the “Myth of the Savior Generals” and the adoption of counter-insurgency tactics and how General Petraeus became that savior. As you dig deeper into the review of COL Gian Gentile’s book on his use of Counter-Insurgency doctrine: Then-Lt. Col. Gentile referred to FM 3-24 as a “superb piece of doctrinal writing”, and felt that its middle chapters were particularly useful for commanders in Iraq. However, he heaped scorn upon a section of the [...]
By way of Michelle Malkin, here’s a very good account of the Battle of Bastion, Afghanistan, appearing in an unlikely publication: One year ago this month, under cover of night, fifteen Taliban, dressed as American soldiers, snuck onto one of the largest air bases in Afghanistan. What followed was a bloody confrontation highlighting a startling security lapse, with hundreds of millions in matériel lost in a matter of hours—the worst day for American airpower since the Tet Offensive. Yet the attack faded from view before anyone could figure out what went wrong. For the first time, Matthieu Aikins relives those [...]
The Pech Valley of eastern Afghanistan. No one is exactly sure how the Afghan forces have managed to make some gains that eluded the Americans for so many years in the Pech Valley. But it presents a sketch portrait of what Afghan-led security might look like in some places after the international military coalition is gone next year. Interviews with American and Afghan officials and local residents paint the progress as an amalgam of many things: the absence of foreign troops as an irritant, the weakening of the Taliban and an improved Afghan Army. Officials also noted the beginning of [...]