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

Friday, December 11, 2009

War News for Friday, December 11, 2009

MNF-Iraq is reporting the death of a Multi-National Division - Iraq soldier of non-combat related injuries in an undisclosed location in Iraq on Thursday, December 10th.

The DoD is reporting a new death of a Marine while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, December 8th. The Courant dot com is reporting Cpl. Xhacob Latorre was originally wounded in an IED attack which killed another Marine, on Monday, August 10th and he died at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

The DoD is reporting another new death of a soldier. Staff Sgt. Dennis J. Hansen died at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany on Monday, December 7th. He was originally wounded in an IED attack in in Logar province, Afghanistan on Tuesday, December 3rd.

There were no ISAF fatalities in the last 24 hours in Afghanistan.

Dec. 9 airpower summary:

Iraq strikes deals with Big Oil on southern fields:

US Marines train illiterate farmers to be police:

Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A.

Doubts expressed that detainee hearings will ever take place:

Reported security incidents

#1: Around 12 p.m. Thursday gunman assassinated the sheik of Al Sadeeq mosque in Ghazaliyah neighborhood west Baghdad.

#2: Around 4 p.m. Thursday a roadside bomb targeted a convoy of Iraqi army in Al Qanat street east Baghdad, no casualties were reported.

#3: Around 8 p.m. Thursday a roadside bomb targeted a shipping train in Yousefiah area south Baghdad. No casualties were reported.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: A child has been killed and at least a dozen other people were injured in a blast at a wedding celebration in Afghanistan. The Afghan interior ministry said the explosion happened when a grenade was thrown at the event in a province east of Kabul on Thursday night. Ghafor Khan, the spokesman for the chief of police in Nangarhar province, said the device exploded in a tent where males were celebrating. He put the number of people injured higher at 16.

#2-4: Seventeen militants were killed and as many as 49 suspects apprehended in ongoing military operations in Pakistan's northwest during the last 24 hours, military sources said Friday.

#2: Sources said that six militants were killed and four hideouts were bombed in Orakzai tribal agency near the border with Afghanistan. Meanwhile, seven militants were killed in the adjoining Khyber tribal agency.

#3: The Pakistan army continued the search and clearance operation in South Waziristan tribal area. During the operation 36 suspects were arrested and caches of weapons and ammunition were recovered while two soldiers were injured, the Inter Service Public Relations said in the daily press release.

#4: In Swat and Malakand districts of North West Frontier Province, the Pakistan army exchanged fire with Taliban militants in Khauza Khel area and killed wanted militant commander Baja Ameer urf Hamza and three other militants.

#5: A filling station was blown up through a remote-controlled device in northwest Pakistan on Friday, injuring five persons. The bomb, which was planted on a bicycle parked at Naseer Petrol Pump in Lakki Marwat, a town in the south of North West Frontier Province, went off with a big bang, the official news agency APP reported.

#6: A suicide bombing killed three people, including one police officer and two civilians, in Sharan city, capital of Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan on Friday morning, provincial governor Qaum Qatawazi told Xinhua. The bombing, which occurred at about 9 a.m., also wounded 18 others, including four policemen, Qatawazi said. The bomber put the explosive under his jacket and blew it up ina bazaar, he added.

#7: Two Dutch soldiers serving in Uruzgan province in Afghanistan were injured on Thursday after their vehicle hit a roadside bomb. The incident took place in the northern part of the Baluchi Valley. Both soldiers have been taken to hospital at the Dutch base, Camp Holland. They were able to alert their commanders of the situation themselves.

DoD: Cpl. Xhacob Latorre

DoD: Staff Sgt. Dennis J. Hansen