Afghan 24-Karat BS: Throwing Away American Troops’ Lives

The Washington Post article on this weekend’s attack on a remote US military base in Afghanistan notes:

It is really hard to interdict the enemy,” said the base’s company commander in an interview with The Washington Post in late September. “There are literally thousands of trails around here. We just don’t have the numbers of troops we need to be effective.”
Although the village of Kamdesh is only about a mile from the base, U.S. and Afghan troops never visited it because it was too dangerous, the company commander said.

The Post noted that, since last year, the Pentagon has been meaning to get around to withdrawing the troops who were killed this weekend, but … well, the Pentagon has been so busy with its victory proclamations and its saber-rattling to send more troops to Afghanistan.

And the chances of any Pentagon official being held responsible for these deaths?

Tell it to Pat Tillman.



2 Responses to Afghan 24-Karat BS: Throwing Away American Troops’ Lives

  1. Dirk W. Sabin October 6, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    But wait, maybe we can build the right and proper Afghan Nation which the Greeks, Persians, Indians, Huns, British and Russians were unable to!

    If we try rilly rilly hard, maybe we’ll found the first country of people who love an army of occupation even more than their own personal brand of murderous bastards.

  2. Jim October 6, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    The U.S. government will succeed where others failed because the U.S. pays its consultants far more.

    Your last line is a great one – someone should have that bumperstickered all over the Pentagon and White House.