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Posted on 09/22/2012 11:49:32 AM PDT by null and void
Taliban infiltration of the Afghan army and police is much worse than the U.S. military and NATO have admitted
"I would put the percentage rather higher" than the 25% figure for enemy infiltrators and sympathizers that U.S. commanders have estimated, said Ryan Crocker, who stepped down as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan in July.
"In response to elevated threat levels resulting from the "Innocence of Muslims" video, ISAF has taken some prudent, but temporary, measures to reduce our profile and vulnerability to civil disturbances or insider attacks," the statement said.
But holding territory has also been a secondary goal for U.S. commanders. U.S. leaders have all put the emphasis on "human terrain" in the effort to win the allegiance of the Afghan people, and on the "shohna ba shohna (shoulder to shoulder)" partnering with ANSF.
The only thing that surprised him about the Taliban insurgency was that "it took longer to develop than I thought it would," Crocker said.
Crocker said the current Taliban leadership was tough and adaptive. "We've killed all the slow and stupid ones," he said. Despite a long string of U.S. missteps, Crocker also said the U.S. must press ahead to establish a stable Afghanistan to avoid the possibility of another 9/11 attack being hatched in Afghanistan, and to prevent reprisals against Afghans who sided with the U.S.
Crocker also warned of a possible bloodbath if the U.S. pulls out before ANSF is ready to take over. "Who gets it in the neck? It's all those people we made all those promises to, starting with the women" of Afghanistan who have struggled for civil rights and education in the male-dominated society.
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We will be like good citizens leaving a wilderness campsite, clean and pristine, as though we were never there. Afghanistan will return to its natural state of Islamic oppression.
That may be the highest use of that land. a planetary open-air insane asylum.
* Drink *
I say we give them a head start by annhilating what infratrucute there is as we leave. Power plants, waste treatment, water supply, bridges, dams. Blow it all up real good as we pull out.
Before we leave, I would like to see us permanently destroy the land’s ability to grow any crops. The main export of this uncivilized piece of hell seems to be opium.
Can we get the hell out of that turd world nation NOW??
Taliban infiltration of the Afghan army and police is much worse than the U.S. military and NATO have admittedSo, where's all the alleged foreign ministers of other nations claiming that the Obama administration has "squandered" all the good feelings foreign countries used to have in us?
The first rule of fighting is.....
NEVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN.
Afghanistan has infrastructure? I never would have guessed.
We need to bring ALL of our people out of Afghanistan NOW!!!
Destroy their ability to grow poppies and leave. Infrastructure? Just leave it, it will fall apart about as fast as destroying it.
My brother has been to Afghanistan to work on water treatment plants. We joke about how they will soon all belong to the Taliban.
I just read the whole article.
I wish to God in Heaven that all our military were out of there TOMORROW.
Lord Obama’s Just War is Lost.
Get the HELL OUT of that country.
If you read the article Crocker is very critical of Bush and the NeoCons and states what everyone knows, Afghanistan was lost when Lord Cheney put Afghanistan on the back burner and went into Iraq.