"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Thursday, February 2, 2012

SHOCK - Taliban will win in Afghanistan

Secret government report says the Taliban will win.
A Taliban holds a grenade launcher in Herat.  A secret U.S. report claims the insurgent movement is poised to regain control of Afghanistan when NATO troops withdraw.

Secret Report  -  The government of Pakistan remains intimately involved with the Taliban.
  • Pro-Government Afghans are considering joining the Taliban
  • Was the war a waste of men and treasure?

The Taliban is set to return to power in Afghanistan when American and Coalition forces end their combat role in 2014, a damning leaked confidential report reveals.

Despite 10 years of fighting by NATO forces and their huge sacrifices, the report says that in the past year there has been unprecedented interest, even from within the Afghan government, in joining the Taliban.

The report compiled by U.S. forces describes how weapons and vehicles given to Afghan forces have in turn been passed on to the Taliban and says that Pakistan’s feared Inter-Services Intelligence Agency (ISI) is actively colluding with the insurgents by actually directing attacks reports the UK Daily Mail.

‘Pakistan knows everything,’ the report states, ‘they control everything. The Taliban are not Islam. The Taliban are Islamabad.

The government of Pakistan remains intimately involved with the Taliban.

‘ISI is thoroughly aware of Taliban activities and the whereabouts of all senior Taliban personnel. Senior Taliban leaders meet regularly with ISI personnel, who advise on strategy and relay any pertinent concerns of the government of Pakistan.’

The report has evidence that the Taliban are deliberately hastening NATO's withdrawal by reducing their attacks in some areas and then initiating a comprehensive hearts-and-minds campaign.   (UK Daily Mail)

Afghanistan  -  Doomed from the Start?

The songs of the wars are as old as the hills
They cling like the rust on the cold steel that kills
They tell of the boys who went down to the tracks
In a patriotic manner with the cold steel on their backs

The train pulled away on that glorious night
The drummer got drunk and the bugler got tight
While the boys in the back sang a song of good cheer
While riding off to glory in the spring of their years

The patriot's dream still lives on today
It makes mothers weep and it makes lovers pray
Let's drink to the men who got caught by the chill
Of the patriotic fever and the cold steel that kills

Gordon Lightfoot
"The Patriot's Dream"

The wars go on and on without end and often without reason.

The current Afghan War is like that.  The politicians and military commanders have not decided what constitutes a victory so a victory can never be declared.  But to those of us who can THINK we know victory is impossible. 

Simply, Afghanistan is about the size of Germany.  It took millions of soldiers from all the allied powers to conquer, occupy and subdue the Germans in World War II.  We have never provided the manpower needed to win the Afghan war.  But we have sent enough troops to die and become wounded. 

So here NATO is sending in a fairly tiny army to conquer a huge nation like Afghanistan.  The politicians and generals then pretend to be in shock that they cannot win with the small force they sent.

They are either illiterate fools who are unable to read military history or they lie to the public.  Pick one.

Now we come down to it.  We cannot stay forever, and when we leave will everything return to what it once was?  Will it all have been an insane waste of men and national treasure?

You decide.

Gordon Lightfoot - The Patriots Dream

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Afghan Tribesmen fighting against the British in the Second Afghan War 1878 to 1881.

The Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919).  More death and nothing changes.

Battle of Kandahar  (1880)
Highlanders, Sikhs and Gurkhas watch the defeated Afghans being pursued across the plain
on the far side of the river by the British and Punjabi cavalry.   British Indian troops win the battle, but Britain withdraws from Afghanistan and the Afghans maintain their internal sovereignty.

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