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 2, 2013

War News for Monday, December 02, 2013

US military halt logistic support to some Afghan military units

Reported security incidents
#1: At least four Afghan police officers have been killed and 17 people injured by a suicide truck bomber in eastern Afghanistan. District police chief Abdul Ghafour was among those injured on December 2. The attack occurred at the entrance of a district police base in Wardak Province, southwest of Kabul.

#2: Pakistani Intelligence officials say gunmen attacked a security convoy near a checkpoint in a tribal region close to the Afghan border, killing three soldiers and injuring two others. Two intelligence officials say the gunmen struck in the Bazai area of the tribal region on Saturday evening, opening indiscriminate fire on the convoy taking food supplies to the checkpoint.

#3: Seven students were wounded in a bomb blast inside education faculty of Nangarhar University.
The blast occurred at 11:30am this morning when most of the students were leaving the faculty. Primary investigation by police shows that the bomb was placed in vehicles’ parking site in a motorcycle. Ahmad Zeya Abdulzai spokesman of Nangarhar governor said BNA; seven students were wounded in the explosion.

#4: Three militants were killed and nine others wounded in a series of military raids carried out by the Afghan security forces within day, said the country's Interior Ministry on Monday. "Afghan National Police (ANP) supported by the army and the National Directorate for Security (NDS) conducted several anti- terrorism operations in Helmand, Farah, Paktika, Logar, Kandahar, Balkh, Badakhshan and Kunar provinces in the past 24 hours. As a result three armed Taliban members were killed, nine wounded and 12 others were arrested," the ministry said in a statement.

#5: Taliban militants and Afghan national security forces suffered heavy casualties during heavy clashes in western Badghis province of Afghanistan, local officials said.