Eyewitness to a Botched War

November 15, 2010

(Illustration found here).

The situation in Afghanistan has gone from real-bad, to worse, to down-right shitty.
Eleven NATO troops were killed over the weekend — seven on Saturday — bringing the ugly total to 32 for November, and there’s still time left to increase the body count before the end of the month — the deadliest period on record.
Despite more than 150,000 foreign troops in country, the Taliban are taking control of more and more of Afghanistan and all this without an end in sight — unless one sees the year 2014 far ahead.
There’s no way the US and its allies can pull this botched monster out of the fire, and three more years would mean a shitload of more wasted lives, both in military personnel and Afghan peoples — 641 foreign GIs have died already this year, another record.
And on top of that, insurgents torched 12 more fuel tankers on Sunday in eastern Afghanistan: The gunmen first attacked the trucks that were carrying supplies to US-led soldiers stationed in the war-torn country. The drivers left the trucks as they ran for their lives.
Yes, indeed, run away.

Even as the IEDed shit was striking the fan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday it was time for the US and it’s allies to “reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations.”
In an interview with the Washington Post, the peacock ruler said US troops should stay out of sight:

“The time has come to reduce military operations,” Karzai said. “The time has come to reduce the presence of, you know, boots in Afghanistan . . . to reduce the intrusiveness into the daily Afghan life.”

“It’s not desirable for the Afghan people either to have 100,000 or more foreign troops going around the country endlessly,” he said.
“We’d like to have a long-term relationship with America, a substantial relationship with America, that’s what the Afghan people want. But we’d like the Afghan countryside — villages, homes, towns — not to be so overwhelmed with the military presence. Life has to be seen [as] more normal,” he added.

And Karzai’s inflamed words got the panties of US Gen. David ‘The King’ Petraeus all in a knotted bind and uptight about the NATO boots on the aforementioned ground: Officials discounted early reports Sunday that Petraeus had threatened to resign. But “for [Karzai] to go this way, and at that particular stage, is really undermining [Petraeus’s] endeavors,” one foreign diplomat in Kabul said. “Not only his personally, but the international community.” Several officials in Washington and Kabul requested anonymity in order to discus the issue.
What an ass-sniffing baby — Petraeus wants to continue bombing the shit out of the country and apparently he’s miffed.
And also miffed was the total panty-waisted Senator Lindsey Graham, who said on Sunday he was “stunned,” stunned, mind you, about Karzai’s comments.
Who gives a fat-rat’s ass what Graham thinks?

And on top of the slaughter, George Jr. added his words to the pile of bullshit.
On a wonder of a whirlwind tour for his fictional so-call memoir, ‘Decision Points,’ Mr. 43 blubbered it was everybody else and not the US to blame: “What happened in Afghanistan was that our NATO allies, some of them, turned out not to be willing to fight,” Bush said. “Therefore, our assumption that we had ample troops — U.S. and NATO troops — turned out to be a not-true assumption. So we adjusted.”

As the horror in Afghanistan continues, the war does allow the world to eye-ball disaster unfolding, but not into a quagmire, but into quick sand, sucking down the lives of countless thousands.
Thank-you President Obama for all this change.

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