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, December 25, 2012

War News for Tuesday, December25, 2012

Reported security incidents
#1: Six militants have been killed and nine others detained in military operations over the last 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Tuesday. "Afghan National Police (ANP) together with the army and the NATO-led coalition forces carried out six cleanup operations in Kunar, Nangarhar, Khost, Helmand and Nimroz provinces, killing six armed Taliban insurgents and detaining nine others over the past 24 hours," the ministry said in daily operational updates.

#2: Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) killed four Taliban militants including their commander in northern Afghan province of Baghlan on Monday, a statement of ISAF said Tuesday. “An Afghan and coalition security force killed the Taliban leader, Qadir, and three other insurgents, during an operation in Baghlan-e Jadid district, Baghlan province, yesterday,” the statement added.

#3: A roadside bomb explosion has killed three Afghan civilians in the western Afghanistan province of Farah, Press TV reports. Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, a provincial police spokesman, said that the incident took place on Tuesday when a civilian vehicle hit an improvised explosive device (IED) in the province’s Bakwa district.

#4: Two local policemen, hailing from the Chora district of central Uruzgan province, were killed in the border town of Chaman in Balochistan province, said a local police commander, Allauddin. The policemen had taken a female patient to Chaman, where they were seized by Pakistani Taliban immediately after reaching the city, he said. The militants freed the woman but shot dead the policemen.

#5: Five armed Taliban were killed in a clash with police in Nangarhar province when the security forces wanted to destroy poppy cultivation in Khogyani district of that province. Hazrat Hosain Mashreqiwal spokesman for Nangarhar security commandment said to BNA, this event occurred when the national army forces and police went to Wazir area, Khogyani district for destroying of poppy farms came under armed attack. According to him, in this clash, five attackers attributed to Taliban group were killed and five others wounded. Mashreqiwal said, 4 civilians have been wounded as well. It is said that some days back, a clash took place in Wazir area, of Khogyani district for elimination of poppy farms in which 7 person were lost their lives.

News: Civ. Joseph Griffin


Anonymous said...

Are the Taliban so strong that the Afghan people do not stand up to them? I don't understand how they have such an awful hold on the people and continue to terrorize them. Are the Afgan people just overpowere? Do many of them support the Taliban and their cruelties? Everyday so many dead, when will the deaths exceed the births and there will be no more?

Dancewater said...

In Afghanistan, the police are often more corrupt than the Taliban. And the warlords are certainly more corrupt.

As to Afghan people standing up to massively armed combatants (Taliban, warlords or NATO) - no, that is not possible, just like it was not possible for the children and teachers of Sandy Hook to stand up to a massively armed man intent on killing them.

Please note in the USA how many uniformed (and armed) police officers are killed on duty. They are killed by someone shooting a gun, and even with a gun to use in defense, they are often killed. Four US police officers have been killed in the last 10 days, along with 2 firefighters.

Are the criminals so strong that the US police do not stand up to them?

Anonymous said...

Surely you are joking.