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, May 7, 2010

War News for Friday, May 07, 2010

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in a indirect fire attack in an unreported area in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, May 6th. We believe this to be an American.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an IED attack in an unreported area in Southern Afghanistan on Thursday, May 6th. We believe this to be an American.

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier in an insurgent attack in an unreported area in Southern Afghanistan on Thursday, May 6th. We believe this is also an American.


Pakistani Taliban Are Said to Expand Alliances


Reported security incidents

Baghdad:
#1: A civilian man was killed and three others wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in southern Baghdad on Thursday, a local police source said. “The IED went off at the entrance of the southern Baghdad district of al-Mahmoudiya, leaving one killed and three others wounded,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Suweira:
#1: Police forces found on Friday six bodies of one family in northern Wassit, according to a security source. “Acting on a tip-off, policemen raided on Friday morning (May 7) a house in al-Suweira district, north of Kut, where they found a man, his wife and four children dead,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.


Al Anbar Prv:
#1: A militant was killed on Thursday while he was planting a bomb inside a policeman's car in central Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of Baghdad, police said



Tikrit:
#1: Five civilians were wounded in a car bomb explosion in northern Tikrit on Friday morning, a police source said. “A car rigged with explosives went off Friday morning (May 7) near the house of Commander of the Quick Response Department (QRD), Major Muhanad al-Douri, in al-Qadissiya neighborhood in northern Tikrit, injuring five civilians, including two women, and damaging the house,” the source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The officer and his family were not in the house when the car bomb exploded,” he explained.



Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: The coalition military base at Tarin Kowt came under insurgent rocket attack in the early hours of Thursday the 6th of May. Three rockets were fired at the base shortly after midnight with no significant damage. There were no Australian casualties as a result of the attack. A non-Australian civilian contractor suffered a wound to the foot.

#2: Acting on a tip-off, security forces raided a house in Tiligram village (SWAT) and challenged the militants to surrender. However, the militants refused to surrender and fired at the soldiers. In exchange of fire, the sources said, two militants were killed. They were identified as Azizullah and Gul Nawab.

#3: Authorities say gunmen have attacked a police checkpoint in northwest Pakistan, killing four officers. Local police chief Amin Shah says one officer was also wounded when assailants opened fire Friday on the checkpoint in Mansehra district.


DoD: Master Sgt. Mark W. Coleman

DoD: 1st Lt. Brandon A. Barrett