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

Sunday, December 22, 2013

News of the Day for Sunday, December 22, 2013

NATO opens talks with Afghanistan on post-2014 status of forces. This is not a substitute for or end-run around the stalled agreement with the U.S. NATO will not sign any agreement until after the bilateral agreement with the U.S. is concluded. (Which tells you all you need to know about how multinational the western occupation of Afghanistan really is. It's a U.S.-run operation with a few sidekicks.)

Afghan security forces said to foil a suicide bomb plot in Laghman province.

M.P. Farkhunda Zahra Naderi discusses the status of women in Afghanistan. She sees real change in women's assertiveness, and also a backlash. "Ms. Naderi said, in fact, the focus on women’s rights had changed the Afghan women to the extent that men, used to decades of superiority, were seeing them as a challenge. She said, men wouldn’t take women seriously. Now, they feared women’s empowerment so much that they got together in July to decrease the 25 per cent quota for women in Parliament, guaranteed by the 2004 Constitution."

India begins training Afghan special forces, an indication of growing military ties between the two countries. Note that it is in part fear of this development which has led Pakistani Interservices Security to maintain ties with the Afghan Taliban, as a means of maintaining influence. Afghanistan is of no real importance to the U.S. but it does matter in regional rivalries. --

The Indian Republic and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan are bounded in brotherly relations since independence these honest ties are deep as oceans and high as skies. With consideration of these honest and brotherly cooperation and relations, the Indian governments have supported the war-devastated Afghanistan in all spheres including health, transportation, high education and infrastructural projects. Considering vitality of the relations with India, Afghanistan signed the first strategic cooperation partnership with India. India provided huge financial and moral assistance to Afghanistan after the country initiated its new political chapter in international politics. The Afghan people are hopeful that India continues backing the country in all sectors in the future including training of Afghan national security forces and equipment for them in order to support Afghanistan to get on its own feet.

There are about 18,000 Afghan refugees currently in India. They do not wish to return under current circumstances, fearing violence and ultimately, Taliban ascendancy.

However, there are millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province ("KP" in the linked article).

Two thirds of Americans think the Afghan war was not worth fighting in a new WaPo-ABC poll.

Meanwhile, in Iraq, the civil war continues, with 15 soldiers, including 5 officers, killed in a battle with al-Qaeda in Anbar. Remember Anbar province? A brigadier general escapes an assassination attempt in Kirkuk, a police officer and a civilian are killed in Mosul, on Friday six people were killed and 22 injured by explosions in Touzkhormatoo, and on and on it goes.


Anonymous said...

And those criminals who started those 2 wars are kicking back next to a fireplace and enjoying their drinks whereas if it was some other head of state in their shoes, they themselves and the coward American bribed UN would be yelling to send them to Hague and hang them.

Dancewater said...

^^ true, except that would only happen if the leaders (who they want to send to the Hague) were from Africa.

All other countries appear to get a pass, BUT ESPECIALLY THE US AND UK, no matter how many they mass murder or for what reason.

Dancewater said...

I got to thinking today of matt, yankeedoodle, and especially Not Anonymous from the old blog. I started thinking of Not Anonymous when I heard a song today that he had sent me back in 2005.

I wonder what happened to those three guys? I was looking back at 2004 and 2005 archives from that blog, what little remains of them (all the comments are gone, and a lot of the posts do not show up when you click on a month of achieves).

But I did run across this nice note from matt on March 29, 2005:
Note to Readers: I'd like to take a moment from reading these depressing and discouragingly endless reports of mayhem and inhumanity to offer a salute to one of our long time loyal readers and commenters, Susan - USA. She is a voice of conscience and humanity and her focus on positive action is genuinely inspirational. Thanks, Susan, for the efforts you are making to restore justice and the rule of law to our country and for all you have given to us who come to this blog. And thanks for your loyalty - your regular remembrances of the badly missed Not Anonymous get me every time.

It was nice to read that, and it did re-affirm what a dark time that was back in 2004 and 2005, and points out some of the interactions that went on in the now-missing comments.

I found other things he put in that post (especially "Our Creeping Stalinism") really did show where our country was headed - and is still headed. Things have calmed somewhat in Iraq (although things are still unbearably horrible), but the USA is more like the Stasi and the USSR every day.


Really too bad that "mark in ireland" had to mess up that blog.

Cervantes said...

Yeah, that dude Mark was a malignant narcissist. One of the most obnoxious people I've ever had to deal with. Yankeedoodle started the whole thing, IIRC. Would love to hear from him or Matt.

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