Here’s the latest good news from Obama’s successful surge and end of mission in A-stan.
U.S. military deaths in the Afghan war have reached 2,000, a cold reminder of the human cost of an 11-year-old conflict that now garners little public interest at home as the United States prepares to withdraw most of its combat forces by the end of 2014. The toll has climbed steadily in recent months with a spate of attacks by Afghan army and police — supposed allies — against American and NATO troops
And the toll keeps growing. Now I’m going to skip over the grim 2000 dead milestone, even though if Ted Koppel were still boring viewers on Nightline and Bush were in office, the 2000 dead number would be followed by Ted Koppel sonorously reading all 2000 names, while mispronouncing half of them against the protests of their families.
It’s not the 2000 dead number, so much as it’s the wasted lives. There is no plan for victory in Afghanistan. Obama is just dragging out his defeat with no regard for the lives of the soldiers there. Meanwhile the Afghans are clearly at war with us.
A NATO soldier and a civilian contractor were killed in Afghanistan Saturday, hours after the United States said joint raids with Afghan forces were returning to normal.
The incident happened in eastern Afghanistan, NATO officials said. ISAF said in a statement that the incident occurred while an ISAF unit was manning a temporary check point in an area near and Afghan National Army unit. The statement said the shooting occurred following a short conversation between NATO and Afghan personnel. In an ensuing exchange of fire, three Afghan troops were killed.
The attack came hours after U.S. officials in Washington said joint small raids with Afghan forces were resuming after being halted early this month following an increase insider attacks, also known as green-on-blue attacks.
Dozens of Afghan forces have also died in insider attacks. But the rising toll and spread of strikes against foreign forces has touched the nerves of NATO and U.S. officials.
“I’m mad as hell about them, to be honest with you,” Gen. John Allen, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, told CBS’ “60 Minutes”.
Well here’s a thought, if our Afghan allies are now our enemies, then maybe it’s time to scrap the reconstruction and just do as much damage as possible to any and every non-NATO militia and military force in Afghanistan on the working theory that they are all our enemies and all at war with us.
Either that or we could hand out booklets to Afghan troops telling them not to be offended over cultural differences, even though those cultural differences have existed all along and are clearly not the reason for the new spurt of violence.