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 23, 2013

War News for Monday, December 23, 2013

The military is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a direct fire attack in an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, December 23rd.

Residents allege dozens of civilians killed in Waziristan action

Reported security incidents
#1: Twelve militants were killed in separate military operations conducted by the Afghan troops since early Saturday, the country's Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

#2: According to local authorities in western Farah province of Afghanistan, Taliban militants abducted three construction workers in this province.

#3: According to local authorities in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan, Afghan security forces arrested three would-be suicide bombers during a military operation in this province.


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