The present-day U.S. military qualifies by any measure as highly professional, much more so than its Cold War predecessor. Yet the purpose of today’s professionals is not to preserve peace but to fight unending wars in distant places. Intoxicated by a post-Cold War belief in its own omnipotence, the United States allowed itself to be drawn into a long series of armed conflicts, almost all of them yielding unintended consequences and imposing greater than anticipated costs. Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. forces have destroyed many targets and killed many people. Only rarely, however, have they succeeded in accomplishing their assigned political purposes. . . . [F]rom our present vantage point, it becomes apparent that the “Revolution of ‘89” did not initiate a new era of history. At most, the events of that year fostered various unhelpful illusions that impeded our capacity to recognize and respond to the forces of change that actually matter.

Andrew Bacevich

Friday, April 2, 2010

War News for Friday, April 02, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, April 1st.

Seven Kurdish Rebels Killed In Clashes With Turkish Army:

Israeli tank-defence system could be sign of future in Western battle against insurgents:

800 cases filed on civilians killed in US wars: ACLU:

Blog: Army Report: GIs Outgunned in Afghanistan:

US Opposed to Iran-Pak Gas Pipeline Deal:

Dutch army to leave Afghanistan in '10:

Afghan President Rebukes West and U.N.

Reported security incidents

Afghanistan: "The (not so) Forgotten War (anymore)"
#1: A Japanese journalist has been kidnapped in Afghanistan, Japan's chief cabinet secretary said on Friday, after media reports saying the freelancer had gone missing in the northern city of Kunduz. Kosuke Tsuneoka, a 40-year-old freelance journalist who is a Muslim, has been in Afghanistan since mid-March to cover the Taliban, Japanese media reported. It was unclear who the kidnappers were.

#2: Three people were killed and five others wounded when a convoy of vehicles belonging to a private security company was ambushed by Taliban fighters near Karwangah village in western Farah province, police commander General Ekramuddim Yarwal said. He said two Taliban gumen had been arrested by police. A Taliban spokesman, Qare Yusuf Ahmadi, said 17 people were killed and many vehicles had been taken.

#3: Two Taliban militants were killed as they came under air attacks in Khost province east of Afghanistan on Thursday, a military local official said. "Two militants were busy in planting mine on a road in Lakan area outside Khost provincial capital the Khost city this afternoon when security forces identified them and called in airpower. Aircraft of NATO-led forces dropped bomb and killed both on the spot," General Mohammad Nawab told Xinhua.

DoD: Pfc. Raymond N. Pacleb


thewiz said...

Dancewater; you constantly ridicule the phrase "they hate us for our freedom" Do you have an idea of what is meant by that? Do you give it any credibility at all? Can you explain what people mean when they say that? Does it mean anything at all?

Dancewater said...

we have some evidence above of what a REAL America-hater sounds like.

And the phrase "they hate us for our freedoms" is bullshit. Always has been, always will be.

Dancewater said...

Twenty-three prisoners convicted of terrorism charges escaped from a prison in Iraq's turbulent city of Mosul on Friday, police said.

The inmates fled through a hole they made in a wall at Ghazlani prison in the southern area of the city, which is an al Qaeda stronghold about 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad. The escape happened in the morning but prison guards did not discover it until the afternoon, police said.


wonder why they did not discover it until the afternoon?

Dancewater said...

Shocking Admission on Killing Civilians by Top US General Almost Completely Ignored by Corporate Media

Dancewater said...

Afghanistan: The World's Number One Narco-State

gives a history of the development of the narco state called Afghanistan

Dancewater said...

Mohamed ElBaradei challenges Western support for repressive Middle East regimes


the US will go on supporting them as long as they tow the corporate line.... if they stop doing that, they will be GONE!!

just like Saddam - our friend in the 1980's, stopping doing what the US says - and WHAT THEY SAYS GOES - so he had to go.

Dancewater said...

Long Lines and Good Participation in Sadr’s Referendum


It is likely that Sadr's block will decide who ends up Prime Minister, so they let their people vote for who they should support - and organized this in less than 5 days without any help from the current government.

That is interesting.

Dancewater said...

US Special Forces TO STAY IN IRAQ

Dancewater said...

Woman wounded in blast targeting Iraqi army in Mosul

Dancewater said...

Policeman kills himself by mistake in Talafar family feud

Dancewater said...

IED kills, injures 3 family members in Jalawlaa

Dancewater said...

are they really "al Qaeda"?

take this with a grain of salt:

Several recent joint Iraqi-U.S. security operations have resulted in the deaths or arrests of at least six suspected senior al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) leaders who greatly contributed to funding the terrorist group by their involvement in a highly-organized extortion and assassination ring based in the northern-Iraq city of Mosul.

Dancewater said...

Six Afghans (that are pro-Karzqi government) were killed by 'friendly fire' from German soldiers who are occupying Afghanistan.

Does not say how many Afghans (that are anti-Karzai government) were killed.

Sure does show that the foreign troops in Afghanistan don't know what they are doing.....

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