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, March 10, 2009

War News for Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Washington Post is reporting the death of a Multi-National Force West Marine from an undisclosed non-combat related incident presumably in Al Anbar Province on Tuesday, March 9th.

Biden: Afghanistan Situation 'Deteriorating':

Less body armor might be the answer in Afghanistan:

Pakistan tribesmen sign peace deal:

Nimrod fleet grounded over safety fears:

EU rules out sending more troops to Afghanistan: Solana:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Monday A roadside bomb detonated in the Shaab intersection in eastern Baghdad around 7:15 p.m. Two people were wounded.

#2: A roadside bomb wounded two civilians in central Baghdad, police said

#1: A rocket attack on the last remaining British military base in Iraq killed one person Monday, Britain's Ministry of Defense said. A ministry spokesman said the attack occurred at about 9 p.m. local time (1800 GMT), and he would only identify the fatality as a "foreign civilian." The spokesman said the victim was not employed by the British military, but gave no further details.

Abu Ghraib:
#1: A suicide bomber killed 28 people and wounded another 28 on Tuesday during a tour by tribal leaders and security officials of a market in western Baghdad, a security official said. Major-General Qassim Moussawi, a security spokesman in Baghdad, said the attack took place when a group of dignitaries, including army officers, toured a crowded market in Abu Ghraib, just west of Baghdad.

#1: Rockets or mortars were also fired yesterday near the giant US base in Balad 80 kilometers north of Baghdad, the US military said. There were no reports of damage or casualties.

#1: A police official on Monday was wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Kirkuk province, according to a local police chief. “This morning, an explosive charge went off in al-Riyad district (40 km southwest of Kirkuk) targeting the motorcade of the district’s police chief, who was on his way to work, wounding him alongside his driver,” Brig. Sarhad Qadir told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A Sahwa council member on Tuesday was wounded in a kidnap attempt near Kirkuk city, a security source said. “The kidnap attempt took place near Yarghon al-Ulya village, al-Rashad district (35 km southwest of Kirkuk),” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The wounded was hospitalized,” the source added.

#1: Nine civilians were wounded in an explosion that ripped through a wedding party in Mosul city, a security source said on Tuesday. “On Monday evening, nine civilians, including one child, were injured when a gunman threw a hand grenade at a house where a wedding party was taking place in al-Rashidiya area, northern Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: Four civilians on Tuesday were killed or wounded in a car bomb blast that targeted a police patrol vehicle in Ninewa province, according to a police source. “A car rigged with explosives and parked behind Hamdaniya mayor’s office went off today near a police patrol vehicle, killing two civilians and wounding two others,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

A parked car bomb killed two civilians and wounded six people, including two policemen in al-Hamdaniya town, east of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said

#3: A bomb blast killed a young girl west of Mosul, police said.

#4: Gunmen killed a woman when they stormed her house in western Mosul, police said.

#1: A roadside bomb planted by Taliban insurgent struck a mini-bus in Helmand province south of Afghanistan Tuesday leaving four persons dead and wounding six others, all of them civilians, spokesman for provincial administration Daud Ahmadi said. "The gruesome incident occurred today in Nadali district killing four civilians and injuring six others, four of them in critical condition," Ahmadi told Xinhua.

#2: Two separate blasts hit convoys of NATO-led troops in eastern Kunar province overnight, an alliance official said. Several soldiers were wounded in one of them while a vehicle was destroyed in the other blast