Sunday, July 13, 2008

True (Republican) Romance


This just in from the SF Chronicle:
A multi-pronged militant assault on a small, remote U.S. base killed nine American soldiers and wounded 15 Sunday in the deadliest attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan in three years, officials said.

The attack on the U.S. outpost came the same day a suicide bomber targeting a police patrol killed 24 people, while U.S. coalition and Afghan soldiers killed 40 militants elsewhere in the south.

This is George W. Bush's version of romance.

Then again, George W. Bush suffers from what I call "Kipling Syndrome", which is an overweening, overarching, overmastering belief that the white man must nobly burden himself with the responsibility to help out savage, dark people who can't govern themselves.

And all whistled to under the smart strains of a jingoistic jingle, backed up by a compliant press that still maintains (including, unfortunately, Lara Logan on the Daily Show) we defeated the Taliban and are now suffering just setbacks.

Let's get one thing straight, people, including you, Logan: We did not defeat the enemy in Afghanistan. We dispersed them. Then we let them literally run for the hills, regroup, replan and consolidate their forces so they can attack us in multi-pronged assaults and kill and wound two dozen American troops while killing another two dozen people the same day. In other words, they literally lived to fight another day.

That does not sound to me as if that's a defeated enemy. A defeated enemy capitulates, surrenders, is captured or dies in combat. A defeated enemy stays defeated for at least a couple of decades. A defeated enemy is not allowed to reintroduce its ideology after getting briefly kicked out, is not allowed to take back key cities and whole provinces and not is allowed to finance its operations with opium that's grown under the nose of the alleged victors.

This is not victory.

And it's certainly not romantic.

1 Comments:

At July 13, 2008 at 11:39 PM, Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i have a friend who is in afghanistan right now. because i'm a party pooper when he wrote about his unit's first action (43 taliban kia, 0 u.s. casualties) i had to let him in on the fact that he got guys who were making a 200km hike, under pack, in the mountains wearing shower shoes. these dudes were not only walking 200km to get to the fight, they were doing it in flipflops. they were packing their gear on burros.

facing an enemy that resourceful and that committed to fighting you means that even an absolute genocide will only buy you 12 to fifteen years. just long enough for their kids to put on their shower shoes, load up some burros and come to fuck your shit up.

there has never been a successful occupation of afghanistan and that includes the best efforts of alexander, kublai fucking khan, akbar the magnificent, tamburlane, chinese gordon, lord westerbrook, every goddamned russian in the world, including peter the great.

the only thing an afghan hates more than the people from the next valley over, the next town, or ridge line away is everybody else in the whole fucking world.

they will not be beaten. they will not be dazzled by all of our wonderful high tech expensive gear. they will beat us with shit they looted off of dead fucking russians.

 

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