The Afghan military is facing some major tests right now. Having been routed out of a key district in Helmand Province, the Taliban is now pushing into Kandahar from the Pakistani border, and enjoying much the same success.
The offensive is raising growing doubts about the Afghan military’s readiness, as they struggle to handle any fight with the Taliban in which the NATO occupation forces are not directly involved.
Local officials in areas around the Taliban power base report the insurgents are growing unusually aggressive in their offensive for this early in the annual fighting season, likely emboldened by their success in Helmand.
Key NATO Brig Gen. Franz Weidhuner downplayed the recent struggles of the Afghan military, insisting they have “proven” their ability to stand up to the Taliban, despite not winning when they do so.
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the afghan army, created by the same people who gave you the Iraqi army.
"…ability to stand up to the Taliban, despite not winning when they do so…"
So, it's not whether you win but how you played the game? Sparky, that's fine in sports but when the losing alternative is death, you better be winning…because there isn't a reset button anywhere in sight. Not to be advocating war, just sayin' self-preservation is a good thing.
Bush surged in Iraq, and the generals, Republicans, and arm chair warriors cheered. Obama surged in Afghanistan, letting clueless-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel generals tell the wimp-in-chief what was best. Vast quantities of taxpayer money flowed to the MIC and then trickled down to the the outstretched hands of impoverished war-ravaged Afghans who had enrolled in the Empire's welfare program masquerading as an army. And not a single person outside the US is the least little bit surprised.
Bush — which is to say, Cheney — was a monster, Obama a joke. The American experiment is over. We're all Necromongers now.
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