Monthly Archives: September 2009

Non-victory makes perfect sense in the political context of someone whose idea of a solution is a ‘deal’

Read The real thing @ TBC.

America won’t be run out of Afghanistan. It will lose interest and walk away.

6. Nomenklatura:

‘Managing a conflict’, which means actually extending it for the mutual convenience of collaborators in Washington and Karachi, and continuously bleeding our armed forces to make it happen, is not what the US Armed Forces have ever been about, nor should it be. Only a politician who sees the US soldier as no more than an ignorant, expendable peasant could commit this error…

32. Armeggedon Rex:

Many have commented here at the Belmont Club and elsewhere asking something similar to: “If Obama were intentionally trying to wreck the U.S., without being immediately impeached, how would his actions be any different than everything we’ve seen thus far?”

At first I wrote these folks off as excessively partisan, but as time passes, and mind-blowing idiocies pile up, I’m thinking more and more that they make an excellent point.

50. wretchard:

The difference between what Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson did is an example of right versus wrong application. One gave you Korea and the other Vietnam. It’s easy now to forget the Iraqi sanctions regime, the Bosnian crisis, etc. were not obviously better, or carried on ad infinitum, necessarily cheaper in terms of human life than going in and doing something. But going in doing something created its own complications. That’s probably what President Obama is afraid of, to give him his due. Giving McChrystal extra men lets him change the game — which the general wants to do — but which carries the risk of introducing new elements. It’s like letting him shuffle the deck and re-deal. What does the President prefer? The devil he knows or the devil he doesn’t?

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Commander-in-Chief

Not who I thought it was at first glance

Not who I thought it was at first glance

The author of Fundamentals of Guerrilla Warfare

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Mr. Brokaw, the news media simply cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

Media Malpractice: Tom Brokaw’s World Implodes

Americans have learned the hard way that there was and is a serious effort by some of the most powerful figures in American journalism to quite deliberately keep Americans from making “informed decisions” by denying them accurate information. By ignoring major news stories. By not reporting stories that were or are at variance with liberal politics

More:

. . . across five decades of American journalistic history, the instinct of many Old Media institutions — specifically including NBC and the New York Times — has been to deliberately withhold the truth. To quite deliberately use their journalism skills and tools to misrepresent those whose politics they do not favor.

The money quote:

What once was a considerable reservoir of trust and respect has been drained bone dry.

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Two kids with a video camera and some cheesy clothes have done what all the talk show hosts haven’t been able to do over the last year

Found in a comment at TAH:

  • 8 Dave Thul Says:
    September 15th, 2009 at 10:07 pm Whatever else comes of this, you have to admire the two people behind the camera. The film maker said on Beck that they had spent about 1300 bucks on the whole thing.Imagine that. Two kids with a video camera and some cheesy clothes have done what all the talk show hosts haven’t been able to do over the last year-take a bite out of ACORN. The census bureau cut ties, and the Senate voted to cut all federal funding. Whether or not the House goes along with it, it was inconceivable two weeks ago that ACORN would be on the outs with Congress.
  • Good work to those two.

    James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles are the Civilian Irregular Information Operators /Strategic Citizens I’ve been waiting for.

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    Chicom Police Mentoring Team in RC North?

    Strategy Page list this under Peacekeeping:

    September 7, 2009: China has quietly been training Afghan police, in the area along the China/Afghan border (the Wakhan Corridor). This area has never been very violent, and escaped most of the fighting that has torn apart Afghanistan since the 1970s. But China refuses to open its border with Afghanistan, fearing complications with the mainly Moslem population on their side of the frontier.

    While the Chinese training effort, which is fairly small, has been reported inside China, it has received little, or no, notice by the Western media.

    That piqued my interest when I read it, so much that I commented over there:

    Cannoneer No. 4 China has a Police Mentoring Team in Badakhshan? 9/7/2009 6:53:28 PM
    Does Regional Police Advisory Command of Afghan Regional Security Integration Command – North know about this?

    What kind of Afghan Police are being trained by the Chinese? Border Police? Counter Narcotics Police? Counter Terrorism Police? Copper mine security Auxiliary Police?

    What kind of Chinese are training Afghan Police? People’s Liberation Army Special Operations Forces? Chinese Armed Police Commando Unit?

    Why should China open a border crossing at 4,293 meters [14,084 feet] above sea level that is snowed under seven months of the year? Did the Chinese PMT enter Afghanistan at Wakhjir Pass?

    Nobody answered any of my questions over there. Perhaps the readership over here knows something.

    I don’t think China refuses to open its border with Afghanistan.  I think there is no there, there at the border crossing.  No town, no road, nothing.  I can’t even find a pic of a guard shack. According to Wikipedia,

    There is no road across the pass. On the Afghan side the nearest road is a rough road to Sarhad-e Wakhan (also known as Sarhad-e Broghil), about 100 km [62 miles] from the pass by paths. On the Chinese side there is a jeep track about 15 km [9.3 miles] from the pass, which leads to the Karakoram Highway 80 km [50 miles] away. The pass is closed for at least five months a year and is open irregularly for the remainder.

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    “If God didn’t want them sheared, he would not have made them sheep”

    Everything I know about mobilizing Village Self Defense Militias I learned from Yul Brynner and Anthony Quinn.

    Dr. Ron Holt thinks Afghan Village Militias might be a People-Centric Strategy to Win.

    We’re discussing that at SWJ.

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    Uniforms For the Civilian National Security Force

    The Civilian Conservation Corps look.

    Purple T-shirts.

    Red T-shirts.

    Brown shirts.

     

    One of their classic uniforms. Much more flattering to the gravitationally challenged than the skin tight XXXL T-shirt

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