If you learn something from the experience, it wasn’t a failure–at least not a complete failure.
In the wake of MG Fuller’s firing last month, The Best Defense, a blog at www.foreignpolicy.com, provides a helpful list of things best left unsaid when facing the media.
My favorite items to remember not to say are captured below:
- We don’t know why we are here, what we are fighting for, or how to know if we are winning.
- The strategy is to fight, talk, and build. But we’re withdrawing the fighters, the Taliban won’t talk, and the builders are corrupt.
- Karzai’s family is especially corrupt.
- But the problem isn’t corruption, it is which corrupt people are getting the dollars. We have to help corruption be more fair.
- Even non-Taliban Afghans don’t much like us.
- The ANA and ANP could break the day after we leave the country.
If you can’t say something nice about Afghanistan, don’t say it at all.
Pay attention, it’s tought to keep up with all the twists and turns in this plot:
Afghans: Obama wasting time talking to terrorists – Washington Times.
A brief recap (which admittedly probably includes many more subplots not captured here):
- President Obama wants to talk to terrorists. According to Secretary of State Clinton, this is ‘to test whether the terrorist groups “have any willingness to negotiate in good faith.”’ Negotiating with Terrorists.
- U.S. says Pakistan’s ISI is supporting terrorists (former CJCS says the Haqqani Terrorist Network is a “veritable arm of the ISI.”
- Pakistan says any U.S infiltration of Pakistan is a violation of their sovereignty.
- President Hamid Karzai says they will stand with Pakistan against the U.S.
- Mr. Hamidzai, chairman of the Afghan parliamentary committee on internal-security affairs, says we
This ought to be interesting. The Afghans have caught up to the previous administrations’ policies of not negotiating with terrorists. In another 5-10 years, the Afghans will embrace the current administration’s policy of negotiation. In the meantime, President Obama wants to accelerate the turnover of security responsibility to the Afghans and the removal of forces.
Sounds like we have a surefire plan for success or failure — depending on your definitions of “success” or “failure.”
It’s always wonderful when an illustration truly clarifies organizational structures and processes. Unfortunately, that is not the case with the ANA logistics system. Instead, this looks more like a Family Circus comic strip.
If this truly does illustrate the functionality of the ANA logistics system, the good news is that the Taliban can’t figure it out either.
John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Donkeys are extremely valuable in the remote areas of Afghanistan and are even common on the streets of Kabul. Being so common, it only makes sense that terrorists would think they can launch attacks with these animals against unsuspecting targets.
For some ANSF projects, donkeys and horses are the primary source of transport for construction materials
Here is a war story you won’t likely find on Oliver North’s show: The Tale of the Donkey-Borne IED. Like any war story, documentation is often sketchy and the teller’s enthusiasm often over-the-top. However, knowing what Afghans do to man’s highly-trained best friend, it isn’t to surprising that this beast of burden would be asked to give the ultimate sacrifice.
DBIED owners don't stand this close to "live" animals
Proverbs 12:10, “A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”