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 9, 2013

War News for Monday, December 09, 2013

Reported security incidents
#1: Afghan police backed by units of the national army have killed five Taliban militants during series of operations across the country over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said in a statement released here on Monday. During the operations, conducted in Nangarhar, Baghlan, Uruzgan, Logar and Helmand provinces.

#2: Militants attacked and damaged two Nato containers in the Bolan district on Sunday, officials said. Levies official said that four militants on two motorcycles opened fire at tankers carrying fuel for Nato troops.“Two Nato containers were on their way to Afghanistan from Karachi when a group of assailants on motorbikes opened fire at them,” the official said. “They torched one of the containers and partially damaged the second one.” He said one Nato container was gutted while fire tenders managed to save another from complete destruction.

#3: Provincial governor for eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan escaped unhurt from an ambush by militants in eastern Laghman province of Afghanistan. The incident took place in Bolwayi area of eastern Laghman province after a number of militants opened fire on a convoy of vehicles which was carrying Nuristan governor. A local security official speaking on the codition of anonymity said, the secretary of Nuristan governor was injured along with a number of his secuirty guards.


unknown hunter said...

I see Taliban r rising in their way like before if they r experiencing hard difficulty.