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

Saturday, March 28, 2009

War News for Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Irish Times is reporting the deaths of two U.S. soldiers from a hostile fire attack by an Afghan Army soldier in an undisclosed location in northeastern Afghanistan on Friday, March 27th.

March 26 airpower summary:

March 25 airpower summary:

March 24 airpower summary:

Yemen: 4 soldiers killed in clashes with militants:

America has lost its war against terrorism in Afghanistan: Aslam Baig:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Four persons, including a cop, were wounded in a car bomb blast that ripped through southeastern Mosul city, a local security source said on Saturday. “On Saturday, a car bomb went off near a policeman’s house in Sumar neighborhood, wounding four persons, including the policeman and his brother,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Dozens of suspected militants fired rockets early Saturday at a transport terminal in northwest Pakistan that is used to ship supplies to NATO troops based in Afghanistan, police said. At least 12 shipping containers were damaged in the attack at the Farhad terminal in Peshawar, capital of troubled North West Frontier Province, local police official Zahur Khan told The Associated Press. He said police opened fire at the insurgents but they managed to flee.

#2: Afghan and coalition troops killed 12 militants during a gunbattle that erupted during a raid on a compound in southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Saturday. The troops encountered gunfire from in and around the compound as they approached late Friday in the Nahr Surk district of Helmand province, a U.S statement said. The troops returned fire and called in support to counter the threat from militants who were concealed in a line of trees and maneuvering in a field, it said.

#3: Pakistani helicopter gunships have killed 12 militants in a restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, a security official said. The strikes took place in Mohmand, one of seven lawless tribal districts in north-western Pakistan, where Taliban militants are active. "At least 12 militants were killed and eight others wounded in helicopter gunship firing," a security official said. "A militant hideout was also destroyed during the strike," he said and added that there were no casualties for the security forces. The militant death toll could not be confirmed independently as the area is sealed off under military operations.

#4: Suspected Taliban blew up a bridge on the Landikotal bypass on Friday evening, Levy Force personnel said, however, no causalities were reported. Local administrative sources said the bridge was hit with a mortar shell, damaging it partially and forcing the suspension of supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan. Frontier Corps personnel had fired at the suspected locations after the blast, the sources added. The bridge was a key road link between Torkham and Peshawar. sudhir ahmad afridi

Marine Cpl. Raymond Hennagir stepped on a 20-pound Iraqi pipe bomb in Zaidon. Hennagir was nearly killed by that explosive device in June 2007 in Zaidon, Iraq. He lost both legs and four fingers on his left hand in the blast. After being treated at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., he was moved to outpatient care at Walter Reed military hospital, where he received prosthetics.