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

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

War News for Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Taliban reject Afghan elections, vow to fight until troops leave

Eid message: Mullah Omar blames US for Qatar dialogue deadlock

13 abducted passengers, security man killed

About 65,000 people affected by current floods: PDMA

Suspected US drone kills 4 in Yemen

Reported security incidents
#1: An attack on Monday at against German soldiers stationed in Afghanistan has left five injured. Terrorists reportedly used explosives and bazookas to target the group, who were near the camp in the Kunduz Province. The Bundeswehr confirmed on Monday morning that a group of soldiers were on patrol seven kilometres from the Kunduz camp when they came under attack from explosives.

#2: A bomb exploded on Tuesday at a busy square of Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, leaving one child dead and two others wounded. One witness told Pajhwok Afghan News the attack targetted a police pickup that was passing through the crowded area, called Talashi Chowk.

#3: Nine militants were killed during military operations in different Afghan provinces over the last 24 hours, the authorities said Tuesday morning. "Afghan police and army conducted several cleanup operations across the country over the last 24 hours, killing six armed Taliban, wounding three and capturing eight Taliban," the Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates. In addition, three militants were killed and four others arrested when Afghan army conducted an operation in the country's western province of Herat, a police spokesman said. "The operation was kicked off in Zakhil Ha area of Karukh district late on Monday. But two army soldiers were also killed as a result of the raid," spokesman Abdul Raouf Ahmadi told Xinhua.