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Afghanistan
Beyond The Battlefield: Afghanistan's Wounded Struggle With Genital Injuries
Posted by: tipper || 03/21/2012 17:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [228 views] Top||


The next war in Afghanistan
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top||

#1  I have a feeling that BO&theDems have carefully crafted a 2013 withdrawal promise as a campaign plank.
Hope it addresses the coming 130k unemployed with PTSD.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/21/2012 12:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Interesting Article Besoeker. Thanks. Not sure what the real point that the writer was making Though. Poll stats on the popularity of the war? Thats policy making by asking the misinformed in most cases. That America doesnt like long wars? Which country does? "Winning wars" in an asymetrical conflict - nope - old school concept, just like "declaring wars", "frontlines" and smoothbore muskets.

Wars almost by definition leave power vaacums, or at least unstable areas. The trouble with the Stan is that the other power options are butt ugly. But in reality they are Afghan problems. There are now over 173,000 Afghan troops. likely 50% effective. They have the support of the Afghan people (so says their polls). Its time to extract in a measured way without the ticker tape parade, that can wait, --- get the tired ones back and reconstituting for what is coming next. (and there always is a next it seems). Let the ANA assume large areas of the country. They either will step up or they won't. When the Afghan people see that the Taliban is fighting their own and not foreigners, my view is that the support for the T will dwindle quickly. Those who went through Vietnam can point to a different result - and that outcome is possible, but as crappy as Karzai's govt is, its not by a long shot the govt of South Vietnam that had lost almost all credibility.
The USA deserves more credit for what it has accomplished over there. The change is dramatic and for the positive, despite the naysayers. The initial reasons (good ones) to take out the AlQaida threat, remove OBN, build up the Afghan govt (in a reasonable democratic albeit far from perfect model) have all happened. Unless the world wants to fix the drug problem (not happenning) then Afghanistan is past its due date.

Posted by: Northern Cousin || 03/21/2012 13:09 Comments || Top||

#3  What, S. Vietnam again?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/21/2012 14:30 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm beginning to think it's South Vietnam For The Very First Time.

I think it's our Karma to finally have to suffer an ally as bad as everyone said South Vietnam was.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/21/2012 15:03 Comments || Top||

#5  That's an angle I had not considered: maybe in this war, we have an "ally" that deserves a screwjob like the South Vietnamese (undeservedly) got. I certainly would not shed tears over Hamid's head on a pike. Just chop the thing up into tribes and be done with it (and we can support the tribes against each other to keep them busy - cheaper and less of our own blood being shed).
Posted by: OldSpook || 03/21/2012 15:19 Comments || Top||

#6  There are now over 173,000 Afghan troops. likely 50% effective. That 50% is effectively working for the Taliban, I suspect.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/21/2012 15:25 Comments || Top||

#7  I like what you say Spook but we aren't very good at chopping. Even when we're part of the empowered mass.

Persia and the Ottoman empire became a mess after only 50 years. But that 50 years of instability enabled US to exploit some natural resources. Does AFG actually have anything of value?

Hope we spray the fields with some sterilization agent on the way out.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/21/2012 15:29 Comments || Top||

#8  Iff the Bammer or POTUS Successor taint careful, the next war in [post-2014] Afghanistan = AFPAK will be part of the larger war agz Iran.

Iff the Mullahs make good on their strategery, a US-Iran war WON'T be another "IRAQ 2003" - it'll be longer + worser.

"VIETNAM WAR II", except the Commies, NVA + VC, may have Tac Nukes-WMDS + their own INternational Terror networks to fight wid, + of course anti-US "Great/Nuclesr Powers" = Brinkmanship.

Iff the Mullahs have their way, A DE FACTO US-ALLIED GROUND OCCUPATION OF HALF OR MOST OF IRAN PROPER WILL NOT MEAN VICTORY. BUT ONLY BE A PORTION OF A LARGER REGIONAL OR TRANS-REGIONAL BATTLEFIELD.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 03/21/2012 19:54 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian damage control: PA PM Fayyad ¬-- keep the Palestinian cause separate
Posted by: tipper || 03/21/2012 11:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top||


Dupe URL: Israelis Think Strike On Iran Will Work
Jeffrey Goldberg, who writes for Bloomberg and the Atlantic, was stunned by the optimism he heard from senior Israelis about the consequences of an attack. To sum up his findings, top Israelis including (apparently) the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister, have reached the following conclusions about the consequences of an attack:

o If it acts soon, Israel has the capacity to set the Iranian nuclear program back by five years.

o There is a significant probability that a successful attack on Iran will energize Iran¬'s internal opposition, leading ultimately to the downfall or at least the crippling of the Iranian government.

o President Obama will not retaliate against Israel.

o Rather than launch massive retaliation against Israel, Iran will try to downplay the assault (as Syria and Iraq did in the past), perhaps launching only a few token missiles in response.

o Fearing massive retaliation, Iran would not attack American ships or targets in response.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [225 views] Top||


Israelis Think Strike On Iran Will Work
Jeffrey Goldberg, who writes for Bloomberg and the Atlantic, was stunned by the optimism he heard from senior Israelis about the consequences of an attack. To sum up his findings, top Israelis including (apparently) the Prime Minister and the Defense Minister, have reached the following conclusions about the consequences of an attack:

o If it acts soon, Israel has the capacity to set the Iranian nuclear program back by five years.

o There is a significant probability that a successful attack on Iran will energize Iran's internal opposition, leading ultimately to the downfall or at least the crippling of the Iranian government.

o President B.O. will not retaliate against Israel.

o Rather than launch massive retaliation against Israel, Iran will try to downplay the assault (as Syria and Iraq did in the past), perhaps launching only a few token missiles in response.

o Fearing massive retaliation, Iran would not attack American ships or targets in response.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/21/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top||

#1  I can hear my heartbeat, or maybe that's the chanting in the distance...'GO, GO, GO, GO, GO'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/21/2012 12:51 Comments || Top||

#2  a successful attack on Iran will energize Iran's internal opposition, leading ultimately to the downfall or at least the crippling of the Iranian government
Highly unlikely, unless coupled with airdrops of hundreds of thousands of handguns & ammo into Iran with DIY directions on their use.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/21/2012 15:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe it's 'GOgo, GOgo, GOgo,...'
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/21/2012 15:24 Comments || Top||

#4  Those turbans the mullahs wear, more or less resistant than 40 feet of reinforced concrete? Less? Iiinteresting.
Posted by: Whiper Huperese9925 || 03/21/2012 16:52 Comments || Top||

#5  TW. Will you please allow me to include/upload a graphic of my choosing with a comment?
If so, how do we do that in simple terms?
Posted by: Shamp Clong8416 || 03/21/2012 21:25 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
The Salafist equation
Tariq Ramadan, enough said. However everything is gist for the mill.
The strategic alliance with the literalists is critical for the West in order to keep the Middle East under control
Posted by: tipper || 03/21/2012 11:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top||



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