Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Binocular Snapshot for 09/19/2012

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That the war in Afghanistan has been unwinnable has been obvious to most outside analysts since well before the so-called surge of 2009. Now, the United States government has finally admitted the obvious in deeds if not words

"Following the murder of six NATO troops in yet another "green on blue" attack in which Afghan soldiers supposedly fighting on our side killed NATO troops, the coalition has all but ended combined operations with Afghan army and police forces at the tactical level, requiring general officer approval for exceptions.

"The training mission is the foundation of the current strategy. Without that mission, the strategy collapses. The war is adrift, and it's hard to see how anyone can avoid a complete disaster at this point."

Three years after doubling down on an unachievable mission, trust between NATO and Afghan forces is at an all-time low. Already this year, there have been thirty-six of these insider attacks, killing fifty-one NATO troops, most of them Americans.

Even before the latest policy announcement, Joint Chiefs chairman Martin Dempsey acknowledged the severity of the problem, declaring, "You can't whitewash it. We can't convince ourselves that we just have to work harder to get through it. Something has to change" and admitting that "It is a very serious threat to the campaign."

And remember

Names of the Dead

"The Department of Defense has identified 2,099 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans recently:

ATWELL, Bradley W., 27, Sgt., Marines; Kokomo, Ind.; First Marine Expeditionary Force.

RAIBLE, Christopher K., 40, Lt. Col., Marines; Huntingdon, Pa.; First Marine Expeditionary Force."

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