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Defeatism

Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:06 AM
Two comments: Going unreported is the fact that these internal attacks are confined to certain individuals/units of the Afghan forces and are not reflective of Afghan forces in general. (The problem stems from having tried to construct Afghan governmental structures from the top down instead of from the bottom up. ie; building a unitary system rather than a federal one.) Our precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan will leave the loyal Afghans in an untenable position while giving the treasonous ones enhanced capabilities. The American public is not being told these facts, thinks most Afghans hate us and thus considers abandonment of reliable allies the propoer course of action. This can lead to disaster.
Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:09 AM
Sad to say but there are elements of the media and of the political class who have a (somewhat concealed) hatred of foreigners who like us and take our side. Thus they scheme to abandon allies not in spite of the loyalty but because of it. The Current Commander in Chief gives indications of his being aligned with such ladrones and possibly a card-carrying member of such conspiracy.
Oilpatch Mercenary Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:15 AM
And from the past: When I left Vietnam the last time in Nov 1970, we had a victory in hand. The Viet Cong insurgency was kaput and the North Vietnamese regulars ineffectual. The only problem was the fact that the US needed combat boots on the ground to keep things that way. This was because the Ho Chi Minh Trail remained uninterdicted. Leaving the 1st Cavalry Division as a strategic reserve for the next 10 years would have done the trick. Again the public was not told, thought all was lost and the Vietnamese we could count on were abandoned. And certtain Americans rejoiced. We need a thorough housecleaning.
HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan -- When our Fox News team left for Afghanistan last week, there was a palpable sense of imminent calamity in the air. Gloom and doom news from here is now a staple in our so-called mainstream media. Reports of "green-on-blue," or insider, attacks by our Afghan allies against American and NATO troops are depicted as a sure sign of mission failure and portend of worse to come. Commentaries, columns and "analysis" from "experts" urging our political and military leaders to "get out now" routinely grace our print and broadcast outlets. The terms "betrayed," "cut our losses" and "minimize...