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 24, 2009

War News for Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The DoD is reporting a new death previously unreported by the military. Pfc. Adam J. Hardt died from a non-combat related incident at Forward Operating Base Airborne in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on Sunday, March 22nd.

March 21 airpower summary:

March 20 airpower summary:

Georgian police arrest 10 opposition activists:

Kurdish rebels: We won't stop fighting in Iraq: A Kurdish rebel group on Tuesday rejected calls by Iraq's president to stop fighting against Turkey and leave Iraqi territory.....

OPEC members' compliance with output cuts:

Spring signals fierce combat in Afghanistan:

Opinion: Time to pull troops from Afghanistan:

Influx of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to trigger violence:

NY Times: Sunni Fighters Say Iraq Didn’t Keep Job Promises: (As always the times has produced a very well written informative article.)

British judges air Guantanamo details U.S. wanted kept secret:

Reported Security incidents:

#1: Three civilians on Tuesday were wounded in an explosive charge blast that ripped through the Iraqi capital, according to a police source. “Today, an improvised explosive device (IED) targeted a civilian vehicle in al-Jihad area near al-Aameriya Bridge in western Baghdad, wounding three civilians,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.The source did not provide further details.

#2: A roadside bomb targeted a U.S. military convoy in Baladiyat neighbourhood in east Baghdad at 2 p.m. Tuesday injuring two civilians. No casualties were reported by the U.S. military.

#1: A policeman on Tuesday was killed by unknown gunmen in downtown Mosul city, according to a local security source. “Today, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a policeman while he was off-duty in al-Nujaifi Street, downtown Mosul, killing him on the spot,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#2: A roadside bomb targeted a police patrol near the Municipality building in central Mosul, Monday evening injuring two civilians.

#3: Two roadside bombs detonated in succession targeting an Iraqi Army patrol in al Hadbaa neighbourhood at around 9 p.m. Monday injuring one civilian and one serviceman.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: NATO says coalition troops shot and killed an Afghan man south of Kabul who approached them in a vehicle at high speed while they were on foot patrol. The statement says troops tried to get the driver to stop the vehicle Tuesday using hand signals and several warning shots, but he failed to respond. NATO says the incident occurred north of Puli Alam, the capital of Logar province. Afghan police transported the driver to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

#2: The Taliban killed a tribesman in North Waziristan Agency on Monday, accusing him of spying for the United States. The body of Muhammad Javed, was found on a road in Razmak, 75 kilometres south of Miranshah. A note found near the body read that Javed was a US spy and warned that anyone “found spying for the US would meet the same fate”.

#3: Separately, an unidentified man’s body was found wrapped in a jute bag on the Miranshah-Dattakhel Road, two kilometres west of Miranshah.

#4: Four people were wounded when a bomb exploded in a juice shop in the insurgency-hit southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan on Tuesday, police said. The shop, located in a shopping complex in the center of the provincial capital Quetta, was badly damaged, senior police officer Wazir Khan Nasir said, adding one of the injured was in a serious condition in hospital.

#5: A mine exploded inside a mosque in Shah Mansoor district about 300 km (190 miles) southwest of Kabul on Monday, killing the mosque's imam and six others who were praying at the mosque, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.

#6: Afghan police killed six militants and wounded four more when a group of insurgents attacked a police post in the Nawa district some 590 km (365 miles) southwest of Kabul on Tuesday, the ministry said in separate statement.