Embassy Terror in Afghanistan


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The just-passed anniversary of 9/11 presents the West with an opportunity to reflect on what a decade of war, and hundreds of billions of dollars, has achieved in Afghanistan. As of this date, 2,627 Western troops have died in that country, mostly Americans, Britons and Canadians. Taliban casualties have been much heavier (though impossible to document with much accuracy) and along the way, there have been military successes. But as the old saying goes, the West is winning the battles but losing the war. The local insurgents can simply wait out the allies. No amount of surges, no new strategy, and no highly competent Western general is going to change that.

The past several days have seen a series of violent attacks against American and Western targets in that country. On Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on Washington and New York City, all eyes were on those two cities after reports of a credible terror plot designed to disrupt the remembrance of that dark day. Thankfully, nothing happened, and the memorials in America’s capital and largest city went ahead as planned. But while they were in progress, word came that halfway across the globe, a NATO base in Afghanistan had been struck by a large truck bomb, driven by a Taliban suicide bomber. Seventy-seven NATO soldiers, later confirmed to all have been American servicemembers, were wounded, though thankfully, none seriously. Several Afghans were killed (accounts differed between two and three).

Monday brought worse. A co-ordinated attack by terrorists, believed to be Taliban insurgents, struck across Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul. The U.S. Embassy was targeted, as was NATO’s military headquarters. All American citizens in the capital city were urgently advised to “shelter in place” — take cover wherever they were, and stay put. A series of gun battles broke out across the city, and continued for hours. Afghan and allied aircraft conducted strafing runs against buildings captured by the Taliban, and there were reportedly random attacks against civilian targets throughout the city. The Telegraph, a British newspaper, live-blogged the day’s events. Even from afar, the chaos is evident.

That is not to say that the effort in Afghanistan has not had some merit. It has shown the Islamists of the world that, contrary to what they might have believed in the year 2000, the West will fight long, hard battles in the defense of its interests and democratic values. That is an intangible, but it is not without value. Western military forces have gained experience and new equipment that has finally moved them away from Cold War-era tactics and technologies, leaving them better prepared to fight the next war, wherever it comes. And it is likely the U.S. Special Forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden would have been impossible were it not for the presence of a powerful American military machine in Afghanistan, just a short flight from the Pakistani city where the al-Qaeda mastermind had taken refuge.

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  • ObamaYoMoma

    The local insurgents can simply wait out the allies. No amount of surges, no new strategy, and no highly competent Western general is going to change that.

    Some of us could have told the morons running this war what the inevitable outcome would be many years ago

    That is not to say that the effort in Afghanistan has not had some merit.

    Okay…other than inflating our national debt and needlessly killing and maiming thousands of our brave troops, exactly what merit the effort in Afghanistan has had?

    It has shown the Islamists of the world that, contrary to what they might have believed in the year 2000, the West will fight long, hard battles in the defense of its interests and democratic values.

    Yeah right…the only thing it did was impress upon the Islamic world how incredibly incompetent, blinded by political correctness, and totally oblivious to the reality of Islam the USA is. In other words, what it really did was embolden them.

    And it is likely the U.S. Special Forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden would have been impossible were it not for the presence of a powerful American military machine in Afghanistan

    Have you ever heard of the Lilly Pad strategy? Apparently not.

    Actually, had we focused in 2001 only on obliterating OBL and AQ in retaliation for 9/11 instead of becoming distracted by preparing to pursue a fantasy based nation-building mission to win the hearts and minds of Muslims, which is absolutely impossible, by the way, by jumping into the middle of a jihad we had no business jumping into the middle of between the Sharia compliant Taliban and Sharia compliant Northern Alliance, OBL and AQ would have been obliterated 10 years ago. Despite 10 long years, some of you neo-cons are just as oblivious of Islam and reality as the day the 9/11 jihad attacks occurred and that's pretty pathetic.

    is whether continued exertion will continue to yield further rewards.

    Uhm….what rewards? Give me a break! We are propping up two democratically elected Sharia states in Afghanistan and Iraq and if you believe those Sharia states are anything other than our eternal enemies, then I have a bridge to sell you.

    Since there is little, if any, hope of transforming Afghanistan into even a semi-functional Western-style democracy, and corruption and violence will remain the norm, the time is right to begin planning a Western withdrawal.

    Dude…you don't understand what Islam is. It is impossible under any circumstances whatsoever to transform any Muslim country into a Western-style democracy, much less Afghanistan, as Islam besides being a semi-religion, really a cult, is also a draconian form of totalitarianism.

    The Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer

    Charles Krauthammer is a neo-con and a RINO on steroids, and the truth is when it comes to the fantasy based nation-building missions in Afghanistan and Iraq and also with respect to our Islamic enemies, Krauthammer couldn't be more mentally incompetent.

    No wonder the writer of this lame garbage is so oblivious, look at who he is reading and citing. In any event, Krauthammer is never ever right because he is an ideologue and only sees what he sees, and what he sees couldn't be more delusional or more mentally incompetent.

    But the American military can maintain some presence there, and continue to train the Afghan security forces in the hopes that they might keep a lid on the local Islamists,

    Man…are you oblivious!

    And there may be outrage from humanitarian and international groups that would characterize such a step as conceding the future of Afghanistan’s women and children to the brutal rule of tribal warlords and Islamists.

    Well let those loons go fight then. Not to mention also that brutal oppression of females takes place in every Islamic state, as it is part and parcel of Sharia, which is intrinsic to Islam.

    But the decision to withdraw would be the right one, because remaining will do nothing to prevent that same sad outcome.

    So it took you guys 10 years to figure that out? Damn…you guys are slow!

    It’s time for the West to start planning its exit.

    The West should have never been there to begin with. Let's get out and let the Jihad between the Northern Alliance and the Taliban resume. Indeed, Muslim on Muslim violence is good for Dar al Harb (Us) and bad for Dar al Islam (Them). In fact, we should never ever intervene to stop Muslim on Muslim violence, and instead we should look for cracks and fissures to exploit to incite Muslim on Muslim violence. Of course, if we did that neo-cons like that loon Krauthammer would want to intervene to stop it and to pursue fantasy-based nation-building missions to attempt to win their hearts and minds.

    In any event, I couldn't help noticing the way the writer came to the realization that further engagement in Afghanistan would be fruitless, without ever admitting the fact that the neo-cons were wrong, which in a way is kind of scary, since it also means they still haven't learned a damn thing from their stupid mistakes..