Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Quick Post on Afghanistan

Writing something each day is important. I gotta keep the brain working. But, I'm pretty tired, so this is going to be short.

I've been thinking about Afghanistan. How can a conventional army succeed? I don't see a possible way. When guys who can survive in the mountains, know the land inside and out, do what they are doing out of pure single minded dedication and unbelievable will, and be able to blow up multimillion dollar pieces of military equipment with 100 dollar homemade bombs, can a bulky army of paid soldiers without a clear, decisive mission, distanced from the terrain and their counterparts by being in their tanks and planes, coming from a completely different culture and mindset? This war has been going on for 8 or 9 years now. There isn't an end in sight. There seems to be no shortage of those who wish to fight against NATO, and particularly the US. With each bomb that falls and destroys another persons life, there is the potential to create another warrior to deal with. Billions...TRILLIONS of dollars have been spent bringing the best trained fighters and the highest of high tech war toys to Afghanistan, and they are struggling against dudes rigging up cheap, small bombs in caves or in a tucked away part of a remote village.

For the purposes of this post, it doesn't matter if the war is right or wrong. The point is more can anything be accomplished? What will happen in Afghanistan? Where will it leave NATO in the end? If they lose in Afghanistan, what is that saying about the future of armies around the world? Are armies as we know them officially obsolete? They don't seem to be able to fight the types of wars that seem to be more common now.

Just a few thoughts before bed. Speaking of bed, I'm going there.

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