LastDayWatchers for those of you who are faithfully watching, the failures of Israel (lost & found) are clear
The central government in Kabul is more rather than less threatened, if one aim was to make the British homeland safer by victory in southern Afghanistan, Britain is now less safe.
There is no improved government in Helmand, heroin production is higher than it was, violence between tribes, families and warlords is more entrenched, Helmand is now more of a recruiting sergeant for terrorism and jihadism than it was; there have been no security gains.
None of the multiple and varying objectives set by three prime ministers and six defence secretaries through our engagement in Helmand province over eight years has been met.
The war against terrorism, developed by George W Bush in the hours after 9/11 with little consultation with his own military or cabinet, let alone his allies, is one of the great failures of the rightwing mind.
The reflex reaction to an act of mass terror was not to outsmart, out-think and marginalise the new enemy – it was to get even by being even more violent, lawless and vicious, leading Nato into the Afghan quagmire, and the coalition in Iraq.
Two trillion dollars later and hundreds of thousand dead and displaced, the world is predictably much less safe for the west than it was, jihadism is much more entrenched.
Now, 80 percent of the new equipment is non-operational, according to a new report by the Defense Department's Inspector General, because no one's been around to maintain it, when the IG's gumshoes went to check out the problem they found units with 150 to 200 percent more vehicles than they were authorized because so many were broken.
The "transition" in Afghanistan from a U.S.-run war to an Afghan-run war has been the subject of intense debate for several years. But somehow, no one considered logistics.
Also now most senior American military commanders believe another large U.S. military intervention in the Middle East would likely fail and be hugely unpopular at home.
Both Washington and Baghdad said Iraq was ready to defend itself. The rise of radical Sunni group Islamic State has proven that belief wrong.
This is how the new Iraq is being forged: block by block, house by house, village by village, mostly out of sight and control of officials in Baghdad.
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