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

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

War News for Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The US DoD is reporting the death of a soldier previously unreported by the military. 1st Lt. Timothy G. Santos Jr. died from a non-combat related illness in Fort Bliss, Texas on Sunday, August 18th. He was originally diagnosed on March 24, in Kuwait City, Kuwait. and was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Nearly 1 Million Pakistanis Affected By Floods

Reported security incidents
#1: Two policemen were killed and two others wounded Wednesday in roadside bombing in eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, said a provincial government spokesman. “One Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated by a remote control device at round 10:00 a.m. local time along Nangarhar-Kunar highway. The blast took place when an Afghan Local Police (ALP) vehicle was running at the area. As a result two ALP cops were killed and two more wounded,” spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told Xinhua.

#2: A suicide bomber killed three people, including a policeman, when he targeted a security vehicle in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday, an Afghan official said. Logar province spokesman Din Mohammad Darwesh said the attack took place in the provincial capital of Puli Alam. Another eight people were wounded, he added.

#3: A bomb blast at a railway station Wednesday killed at least two people in Balochistan, police and hospital sources said. The blast at Chaman, main city in Balochistan province, occurred when passengers were to board a train, witnesses said. The blast also injured 10 more people.

#4: A polio team was attacked in Gulshan-e-Maymar area of the city, Local tv reports on Wednesday. According to SSP Malir Ahmed Jamali, some motorcyclists came and opened fire on the polio team but fortunately no causality was reported.

#5: Three persons including two security men were injured in a blast that occurred in Mastung area of Quetta Wednesday, Local tv reported. According to police, an improvised explosive device (IED) went off with a blast near the vehicle of motorway police in Khad Kocha area of Mastung, leaving two security personnel and a passer-by injured.

#6: Thirty-five Taliban militants were killed and 11 others injured during cleanup operations since Tuesday morning, said the Afghan Interior Ministry Wednesday. The Afghan National Police (ANP) in cooperation with army, Afghan intelligence service and the coalition forces conducted several cleanup operations in Kunar, Laghman, Baghlan, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Wardak, Logar and Ghazni provinces over the last 24 hours. As a result 35 armed Taliban were killed, 11 wounded and nine others were arrested," the ministry said in a statement providing daily operational updates.

#7: According to reports, unknown gunmen have kidnapped two foreing aid workers in central Bamyan province of Afghanistan on Tuesday. The foreigners were reportedly working for Aga Khan Development Network, and were abducted while they were on their way from capital Kabul to Bamiyan province.

US/DoD: 1st Lt. Timothy G. Santos Jr.