Skip to comments.‘The Good War’ Has Gone Terribly Wrong (Afghanistan)
Posted on 10/03/2012 10:54:19 PM PDT by Perseverando
Really disturbing news out of Afghanistan that may be being overlooked with all the Presidential election news going on. The New York Times reported in August that the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan has more than doubled since Pres. Obama took office.
From Michael Yon:
Afghan forces are infested with Taliban suicide killers. Two more green-on-blue attacks have occurred in the last few days, killing six more troops.
Days ago, the Taliban executed an audacious attack on Camp Bastion in southern Afghanistan where Prince Harry is stationed. Under darkness without moon, at least fifteen attackers breached the wire, killed two U.S. Marines, and wounded numerous other people.
They badly damaged two jets and destroyed six more Harriers with a reported price tag of about $30 million each. The Harriers are no longer produced. This is not the way our force should be downsized. This loss is reportedly affecting ground operations.
The enemy also destroyed or damaged other facilities. In addition to lives lost, the total destruction could easily tally $200 million.
Michaels piece is about the real possibility that Prince Harry could be targeted and killed while in Afghanistan. The story for the U.S. is pretty chilling. Michael goes on to explain how Afghanistan is covered in Opium, giving us not only killers, but drug addled killers.
This was 2006 and most people believed that the Afghanistan war had been won, though clearly it was going badly. Please see the dispatch Dasht-e-Margo.
More than six years later, the area remains hostile. Open warfare continues, and we just permitted the Taliban to destroy about $200 million dollars worth of assets. Short of digging an epic tunnel, there is no way to approach Bastion unseen. The Taliban still managed to breach what should have been one of the most heavily
(Excerpt) Read more at michaelyon-online.com ...
You can’t send troops in with one hand tied down and rubber bullets in their rifles and expect to win.
I would not put too much stock into what MY spews from his pie hole. This is a “man” who had been kicked off of a Special Forces FOB, accused an SF ODA of murder, and generally cannot handle any criticism.
Just one article....
Thanks for the info. I was wondering why there weren’t but a couple of Michael Yon articles posted. Guess I missed that controversy. Just feeling lucky not to have gotten flamed.
When you find yourself negotiating with the Taliban its time to go home.
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