The ‘Narrative’ of Failure

September 15, 2011

Even as US peoples are trying to keep their lives from being sucked down the financial toilet while trying to figure out which GOP presidential candidate is the most half-wit-crazed, attention has been slight on another 10-year anniversary coming up in a slight three weeks — the disastrous war in Afghanistan.

This week, however, one doesn’t need to be any kind of expert to see the longest war in US history is a total, f*ck-up failure.

(Illustration found here).

During daylight hours Tuesday, six Taliban guys entered a 10-story high-rise under construction in Abdul Haq square of Kabul City and starting blasting down at a shitload of important facilities in the area — ISAF headquarters, US embassy and police and intelligences offices, nothing heavy — and kept up the battle for nearly a whole day.
Fourteen people died, including four Afghans in the US embassy.
In your face, Hillary:

In the press release, the Taliban spokesman said that the attacks were aimed at punishing the intelligence agencies and to prove that the morale of Afghans was still high after the 10-year jihad.
According to the Taliban spokesman, for the first time their fighters used 82 millimetre artillery, RPG-7 rocket launchers, P-K machines and other heavy weapons in the 20-hour-long attacks in Kabul City.
Regarding the statement of the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, which said that such attacks would not deter their commitment, the Taliban spokesman said:
“You and other such well-off people are sitting in palaces in Washington.
Give a chance to the soldiers of your country, who are under our heavy attacks, to see whether they can also talk like you people or not.
You cannot even imagine that how your workers spent the whole night in the US embassy.”

The whole incident highlights the losing ways of the Afghan war.
The New York Times on the incident: The assault was all the more dismaying because it suggested that the insurgents had the support of many people along the way who had allowed the heavily armed men to enter the city and then let them pass unhindered through the rings of security and checkpoints closer to the capital’s center.
Time to call an end to this shit.

And to make the whole affair even worse, the US tried to put the spin on the attack, despite the enormous bull in the china shop — the Taliban is more loved by the Afghan population than US leaders have ever disclosed.
A case in point: That 10-story building under construction.
Any security person worth his/her salt would make sure that structure was well guarded — but noooo!
The narrative for the Afghan war has been plotted by the Taliban this past year — they can move around and strike anywhere.
Gareth Porter via antiwar.com sums up the Afghan fiasco:

The U.S. war strategy has been based at least in part on convincing Afghans that the United States would remain in Afghanistan indefinitely and that the Taliban would weaken.
But the Taliban war narrative that it is able to penetrate even the tightest security and cannot be defeated appears to have far more credibility with Afghans of all political stripes than the narrative put forward by U.S. strategists.

Along with Hillary’s big yap, US Afghan Ambassador Ryan Crocker also blubbered out his ass about how wonderful the war and how the Taliban are the real losers:

Mysteriously, however, Ambassador Crocker used the Kabul attacks as a chance to mock the group and claim vindication for the decade-long NATO occupation.
Terming the killings “not a very big deal,” adding “if that’s the best they can do, you know, I think its actually a statement of their weakness.”

Crocker is a crock — don’t shit-talk like that just piss you off so, so much.

Supposedly, Kabul is protected by so-called “ring of steel” (“Belt of the City of Kabul” in Persian) — police checkpoints, concrete barriers, watchtowers and sandbagged emplacements — scattered at supposedly strategic locations to prevent such things as the recent attack from happening.
Even that dumb-ass high-rise is a security risk, and people knew it.
From the BBC:

The building is just 1km (0.6 mile) from the presidential palace and the US embassy.
It is even closer to the offices of several key Afghan intelligence directorates and the ministry of defence.
Several Afghan officials said the building had been identified as a security threat and that they had been raising red flags ever since construction began.
But others said the building’s influential owners managed to win government approval despite their protests.
“We are not happy that the mayor’s office gave permission to build such high buildings in Kabul,” the city’s Governor Ahmadullah Alizai told the BBC.
“Such buildings pose a security threat and makes Kabul ugly. Everything has to be done, bearing in mind security, welfare of our people and environment.”
Another security official told the BBC it had been clear from the start the tower would be “a suicide magnet”.
“But the owner went ahead and forced his way. He did what he wanted. We said, fine, you would have to promise us about securing it. But of course, it never happened.”

And US boys and girls are dying and being maimed by such crap.
August was by-far the worse yet for US forces — 66 were killed, while July had just one less.
Overall, the US has has lost 1,769 servicemen killed since 2001, nearly half of that total, 822, in just the past two years and 2011 is on mark to be the worst yet.

And that Taliban spokesman spoke reality: “Due to your wrong policies the American soldiers will have to spend their entire lives in mental hospitals. They will remember the bitter moments of Afghanistan forever.”

The US needs a quick withdrawal narrative.

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