Michael Scheuer: U.S. Losing War in Afghanistan

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In an article on the WTOP website, former head of the CIA’s bin Laden unit, Michael Scheuer has some recent comments on the war/occupation of Afghanistan and the all to familiar contradiction of how things are progressing there.

“What we managed to do was what invaders of Afghanistan always do. We took the cities and declared victory, but we didn’t kill the enemy,” Scheuer tells WTOP.
“The enemy escaped, the Taliban and al Qaida, now we have a growing insurgency in Afghanistan. And, we certainly don’t very many more troops to send there.”

think that was supposed to be: [don’t have very many], but anyway…

Laura King wrote in the LATimes (via Urukunet) that things are indeed heading in that direction, as the ‘guys in black turbans” return from winter.

The first-time arrival in the south of a large force of Marines, the 24th Expeditionary Unit based in Camp Lejeune, N.C., has provided what commanders say is a much-needed infusion of firepower. The Marines have doubled the coalition’s air capacity; Harrier jump jets, lumbering cargo planes and combat helicopters line the freshly laid tarmac.

Just as crucially, commanders say, Marines’ deployment may at last give NATO-led troops the muscle and reach to choke off the flow of Taliban fighters and weaponry into neighboring Helmand province, consistently the most violence-racked in Afghanistan. It is the country’s epicenter of opium production and narco-trafficking, whose enormous profits help fuel the insurgency.

In this unforgiving environment, British troops, considered to be among the alliance’s most effective fighters, have been forced to confine their efforts largely to the province’s northern tier, making the south of Helmand, with its plethora of infiltration routes from Pakistan, a likely zone of deployment for the Marines.

Although allied commanders express satisfaction with the battlefield edge the Marines will bring, the Taliban professes unconcern.

“We have heard all about these Americans, and we are waiting — let them come,” said a Taliban field commander, reached by phone in the Panjwai district outside Kandahar. “They will learn what others before them have learned.”

someone should’ve been reading and listening to what Michael Scheuer has been doing on AntiWar.com.




Written by mudshark

April 15, 2008 at 3:26 am

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  1. 2 RAF men killed in an attack on sunday in afghanistan


    “Roadside and suicide bombs have been used increasingly in Afghanistan”


    April 15, 2008 at 6:40 pm

  2. that really sucks. too bad tombo didn’t realize that his being there will have nothing to do with how the women will be treated there in the future.

    didn’t Brownie float the idea that he was going to try and move away from this sort of thing?


    April 16, 2008 at 2:25 am

  3. The government loves to prey on soldiers good nature, telling them they’re over there to “free the woman of Afghanistan” etc, yet on the other hand propping up despots all over the globe who have appalling human rights records, such as the one in Saudi Arabia, when they come over here they get the red carpet treatment (literally) and are greeted by our royal family at the airport, if the soldiers out there knew what the real motives of our government were and the total hypocrisy of it then they’d have a mutiny on their hands.


    April 16, 2008 at 11:33 am

  4. there are a few that are trying to make a difference, in much the same way that they did during vietnam, from the inside. I know it’s getting through to a lot of them, the longer this shit goes on, as it finally did with my oldest son who got back from BushCo’s Playhouse seven months ago. his time is up in a few months and he’s done with it.


    April 16, 2008 at 1:43 pm

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