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 28, 2009

War News for Monday, December 28, 2009

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

Ever Expanding Wars: An Appalling New Year Certainty:

Another Peril in War Zones: Sexual Abuse by Fellow G.I.’s:

Reported security incidents

#1: Security personnel at Salah al-Din University have found a sticky explosive device inside the car of a university employee, a local police source said on Monday. “The device was discovered while the car was being searched at the main gate of the university…,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.“Bomb squad personnel have defused the device and no damage was reported,” the source added.

#1: Police forces have safely detonated a booby-trapped car in western Mosul City, a local security source said on Monday. “On Sunday evening, a force from the federal police, 3 rd Brigade, detonated a car bomb in al-Tank neighborhood, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.No casualties have resulted from the explosion, the source pointed out.

#2: Two cement factory workers have been killed by unknown gunmen in western Mosul City, a local police source said on Monday. “At noon, two workers at the Hamam al-Aleel cement factory (southern Mosul) were killed by gunmen in Wadi Akab area, western Mosul,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#3: An old man has been wounded in an armed attack in western Mosul City, a local police source said on Monday. “This afternoon, a group of gunmen opened fire on a 65-year-old man near his house in 17 Tammouz neighborhood, western Mosul, seriously wounding him,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: Two members of the Afghan National Police were killed when militants attacked a checkpoint in western Afghanistan, police said Monday. Three other policemen were missing following the attack Saturday night in the Qadis district of Badghis province, said Raouf Ahmedi, a spokesman for the national police's western district.

Meantime, locals say that air strikes against Taliban hideouts in Balamirghab district claimed the lives of three civilians and injured four others. But Sami declined to make comment.

#2: On Sunday night, as many as 10 militants were killed in the Narang district of Kunar province, said Gen. Khalilullah Zaiyi, provincial police chief. He said investigators had been sent to the remote area to check reports that civilians were among those killed.

#3: Pakistani security forces killed 15 militants in the Taliban stronghold of South Waziristan tribal agency bordering Afghanistan during the last 24 hours, the army said in a press release Monday. The army said the miscreants raided the Boya Narai check post in South Waziristan on Sunday night and as the security forces effectively responded, 15 miscreants were killed including terrorist commander Zainual. Two security personnel were killed and three troops were injured during the clash, said the statement.

DoD: Staff Sgt. David H. Gutierrez