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Rainmakers in Foggy Bottom

Think trying to rebuild a war-torn, 14th century country, isolated from any reliable supply line, and surrounded by hostile countries is difficult?  Try finding a spot for a filing cabinet in the Afghan Embassy in Washington, DC. 

In the report After Scuffle at Afghan Embassy, a Spotlight on Connections, The New York Times stumbles across a few of the countless reasons Afghanistan is more than a country that simply needs a little help.  If this is how they treat themselves, imagine how they treat Americans, Brits, Canadians, Germans, Latvians, Mongolians, French, Spanish, Italians, Jordanians, Polish, Turks, etc., etc.  But you don’t have to imagine.  If you watch the news, they don’t just punch, they often kill.  And it’s getting better all the time.

There is a simple solution:  The Afghan installing the file cabinet needs to give the file cabinet to the objecting Afghan with a payment for the honor of trying to help (all paid with U.S. cash, of course).

Soldiers, Marines, and Nazis: Godwin’s Law overtaking blog

 “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.” 

–Mike Godwin

So much for “to the victor go the spoils.”  We may have beaten the Germans in World War II, but we won’t be using their insignia any more. 

Even though the use of the infamous “SS” logo by the Marines goes “back to at least the 1980s” according to the Army Times report, Amos [is] sorry for Marine use of Nazi SS Logo

I honestly couldn’t care less that the Marines are using some logo from any notorious organization.  What’s really offensive is GEN Amos suddenly becoming sorry for the use of the logo which he has no doubt known about for a long time.  The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Mike Barrett is even a scout sniper who trained scout snipers! 

Whatever happened to standing-up for your Marines and not letting somebody (or even 31 somebodies) push you around?  I’m offended that the Commandant of the Marine Corps is falling on his sword instead of standing up for his Marines.  Maybe I ought to send a letter to the SECDEF.

“The Corps acknowledged that the inspector general at Pendleton’s I Marine Expeditionary Force was made aware of the “SS” flag photograph in November.”  Yep, I’m sure I MEF just found out about the practise too.   How dumb do they think the GAP (greater American public) is to believe this? 

And 1991 was the first time a woman was assaulted at Tailhook.

Equally incredulous is the innocence proclaimed by the U.S. Army’s 170th Infantry Brigade Combat Team in another Army Times report Combat outpost name sparks controversy.  At least the army has the guts to take a stand even if is seems hastily and conveniently contrived:

The reference was a misspelling of the name of Combat Outpost Arian, situated in Ghazni Province and named for an ancient Persian tribe that once lived in western Afghanistan. . . “Their name means ‘noblemen,’”

I’ll buy that. 

I believe they must be innocent:  our schools don’t teach history, the soldiers can’t spell by their own admission, and probably think Schutzstaffel is a processed meat product served at Oktoberfest.

‘Men who stare at goats’ and other government initiatives

With 76 countries ratifying the United Nations’ Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques, one may wonder just how much the weather can be manipulated by the government (not to mention what else they might be up to).  [George Bush was trying to kill minorities in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina.  He was just too dumb and hit Mississippi instead–but I digress.]

Adding to the stack of conspiracy theories will soon be this report from www.wired.comAir Force’s Top Brain Wants a ‘Social Radar’ to ‘See Into Hearts and Minds’

The capability analyzes behavior to predict future behavior.  Sounds like high-tech profiling–not necessarily something new.  But with the DoD funding millions on a program to evaluate behavior, who knows what it could become. 

I could care less how much anyone watches what I do, but if you start looking at my heart and mind, we have problems.  From the Holy Bible, God states in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  Apparently, the government is funding an effort to figure it out.  The Bible also declares God as a revealer of secrets in Daniel 2:47, “The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.”  Imagine that–government with a god-complex.

Good news for anyone that ever clicked “liked” on this blog: “’We do better than human estimates, but not by much,’ one Pentagon-funded predictioneer admitted.”

If you’re excited to run-off and joint the New Earth Army, you may still be ahead of your time.

Lactation and world peace linked?

This crazy headline from www.foreignpolicy.com caught my eye:  Clinton:  State drawing down in Afghanistan, building more lactation rooms in Washington.  The caption says it all regarding the State Department priorities. 

The headline wasn’t given a second thought at the time except to thing “more excess government spending.”   However, a very interesting thing caught my eye a couple of weeks later.  Perhaps these lactation rooms have some mystical power that we should have harnessed long ago–the Special Operators are apparently interested in them and planning for them at their facilities too:

Notice the label in the upper right of the site plan

Maybe the reason the Taliban is still mad at us is that we are only building for temporary lactation.  A little obtuse fun at the expense of our Afghan translators–the intended word is “location.”

But seriously–forget lasers, smart bombs, special tactics, and non-lethal weapons–maybe the Secretary of State is really on to something.  Lactation (and literacy centers) may bring the enemy to their knees.

ANDU, ADU, NMAA, ANSU. . . Let’s call the whole thing off

The following is an NTM-A version of a “snuff film” since the British Advisors prohibited its filming due to security concerns surrounding the upcoming grand opening of the “West Point” of Afghanistan (don’t worry, the film is completely G-Rated although the millions spent on British pet-projects is unfit for any audience).

Keeping a $200 million dollar project on the “down-low” is tough enough with the neighbors stealing building supplies (allah providentially providing, of course), but for the Engineers to publicly proclaim the project via YouTube is over-the-top.

Western building materials are in great supply near ANSU (or pink EIFS buildings and double-pane windows have become de rigueur)

Since the Brits refer to the site as the Afghan National Defense University (ANDU), others refer to it as Afghan Defense University (ADU), the Engineers refer to it as Afghan National Security University (ANSU), and the site will be the home of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan (NMAA), Religious and Cultural Affairs (RCA) Branch School, Legal School, and numerous other schools, the operational deception is sure to confuse anyone looking to cause trouble. . .

. . . Until now.

Truth, lies and Afghanistan

Armed Forces Journal publishes another reality-check for the war (or whatever we are doing) in Afghanistan.  LTC Daniel L. Davis writes the latest feature, “Truth, lies and Afghanistan: How military leaders have let us down.”

There are plenty of good news stories in Afghanistan but even the PAO’s best efforts can’t keep up with the bad-news stories.  LTC Davis sobers up the most optimistic American by reviewing conditions on the ground 10 years after our war in Afghanistan started.  First hand accounts demonstrate that the Afghans are far from taking over security in any meaningful way but one wouldn’t know any better from the open-source reporting.

Anthony Cordesman from the Center for Strategic and International Studies is quoted by Davis with the following: 

Since June 2010, the unclassified reporting the U.S. does provide has steadily shrunk in content, effectively ‘spinning’ the road to victory by eliminating content that illustrates the full-scale of the challenges ahead. They also, however, were driven by political decisions to ignore or understate Taliban and insurgent gains from 2002 to 2009, to ignore the problems caused by weak and corrupt Afghan governance, to understate the risks posed by sanctuaries in Pakistan, and to ‘spin’ the value of tactical ISAF victories while ignoring the steady growth of Taliban influence and control.

Politics theoretically stop at the water’s edge.  Clearly politics is driving how and why we continue in Afghanistan.  Certainly there are other factors at play such as our ability to keep Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan long after we “leave.”  But, as asked by Davis, at what price?  Is the full price even recognized?  Put yourself in the shoes of this officer’s shoes:  “How do I look [my soldier’s] wife in the eye when I get back and tell her that her husband died for something meaningful? How do I do that?”

The Afghans recognize the price that will be paid and are taking action.  From one advisor, “Already all across this region [many elements of] the security forces have made deals with the Taliban.  [The ANSF] won’t shoot at the Taliban, and the Taliban won’t shoot them.”  For those that can’t flee the country, survival takes on many different forms.  Is anyone surprised by the self-preservation? 

Davis completes his essay with the following:

When it comes to deciding what matters are worth plunging our nation into war and which are not, our senior leaders owe it to the nation and to the uniformed members to be candid — graphically, if necessary — in telling them what’s at stake and how expensive potential success is likely to be.  U.S. citizens and their elected representatives can decide if the risk to blood and treasure is worth it.

Likewise when having to decide whether to continue a war, alter its aims or to close off a campaign that cannot be won at an acceptable price, our senior leaders have an obligation to tell Congress and American people the unvarnished truth and let the people decide what course of action to choose.  That is the very essence of civilian control of the military.  The American people deserve better than what they’ve gotten from their senior uniformed leaders over the last number of years.  Simply telling the truth would be a good start.

Generals will be quick to point out, “Hope is not a plan.”  If so, why is it the only logical thing that explains the current conditions?

Marines caught on video. . . again

Thankfully, these Marines are just clowning around.  Only Ralph Nader would be upset about the possible safety issues.

NOTE:  If you see bored Marines doing this, count your blessings (and run).