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

Monday, December 7, 2009

War News for Monday, December 07, 2009

There were no ISAF fatalities in the last 24 hours inAfghanistan:

Iraqis Reach a Deal on Long-Delayed Election Law:

Millions' worth of gear left in Iraq:

US to launch new operation to hunt down Bin Laden:

No Firm Plans for a U.S. Exit in Afghanistan:

Reported security incidents

#1: A bomb exploded at a school in Baghdad's Shiite district of Sadr City, killing five people, including four students, Iraqi officials said. The bombing took place at about 1 p.m. in an area where large attacks have been infrequent because it is encircled by U.S. and Iraqi security forces and has its own neighborhood security. The blast also wounded at least 34 people, said an Iraqi police official. A Ministry of Interior official confirmed the casualties.

#2: Six members of an anti-Al Qaeda militia were gunned down in broad daylight near the Iraqi capital on Monday, police said, in the latest in a series of such attacks. The militiamen of the Sahwa (Awakening) movement were manning a checkpoint in Nadeem village, 30 kilometres (19 miles) north of the Iraqi capital, when gunmen using silencers approached at around 9 am (0600 GMT) and shot them dead. "Five gunmen walked towards the checkpoint and opened fire, killing six Sahwa members," said local police officer Major Thamer Hussein.

#3: A civilian was killed and five others were injured in a bomb explosion in western Baghdad on Monday, an Interior Ministry source said. The victims were traveling in the Mansour district when an explosive charge attached to their car detonated before midday and caused the tragedy, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Some of the wounded were in critical condition, the source said. A witness told Xinhua that he saw an American-made-vehicle was on fire while an Iraqi army patrol was sealing off the scene to secure the area as ambulances were carrying the victims to nearby hospitals.

#4: Two civilians and two police officers were wounded late on Sunday when a roadside bomb detonated in the district of Zaafaraniya, apparently targeting the officers who were on patrol, police said.

#1: Two bodies of Sahwa fighters were found southwest of Kirkuk city, a local police source said on Monday. “The two bodies were found this morning at a Sahwa checkpoint, around 10 km southwest of Kirkuk city,”

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: NATO warplanes pounded a Taliban stronghold in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, killing more than 20 insurgents and destroying a bunker complex, military officials said. Noor Akbar, a regional Taliban commander was among those killed in the raid in the province of Kunar, a mountainous region and Taliban flashpoint area near the Pakistan border, Afghan army general Mohammad Qasim Bitanai told AFP.

#2: Several other rebels were killed in operations elsewhere in the province of Paktika, also in the east, ISAF said without giving a figure.

#3: Hospital officials say the death toll in a suicide bombing in northwestern Pakistan has risen to at least 10. Monday's attack occurred outside a court building in the main northwest city of Peshawar. Police say a suicide bomber tried to get inside the building but blew himself up when confronted by security officials. Dr. Jamil Ahmad at the city's Lady Reading Hospital says at least 10 people have died, including two policemen, and 45 are wounded.

#4: Four militants were killed in ongoing military operations in northwest Pakistan during the last 24 hours, the army said on Monday. Pakistan security forces continued search and clearance operations in Swat and Malakand area in North West Frontier Province. Unknown armed extremists opened fire on the security forces who were on regular patrolling in Shamozai area. During the exchange of fire four militants were killed, the Inter Services Public Relations said in the daily press release.