To any military tactician worth his weight in salt, it is clear that this is a tactical retreat
. In fact, we have had to retreat on many other
occasions, to include the Korengal Valley last year. This is the allied forces losing ground to enemy forces, a retreat. Holding ground in this war is
proving difficult, as this isn't Iraq where the enemy is only a loosely defined insurgency. In Afghanistan, we are fighting a very well organized and
experienced opposing military force that is well funded, trained and equipped. The war in Afghanistan isn't going nearly as good as most Americans
think it is. Most Americans and westerners realize that we are having problems in the country, though they are unaware of the tactical difficulties of
this conflict and instead believe that the difficulties are political or diplomatic. Our leaders in government and the American or mainstream media
would have us believe that the tactical front to this war is easily being won, and it is clear from these retreats that this just isn't the case,
unfortunately. Now, this doesn't mean that we are losing the war, it just means that it's a much tougher tactical conflict than what we are lead to
believe, much more so than Iraq. We are losing ground and have been for some time, unfortunately. However, just as we lose some ground to the enemy,
we gain ground in other areas of the country (sometimes).
The media will spin these retreats into something other than what they are, in an effort to keep confidence in the western world that our military can
easily beat their military. While I do believe that our military can beat their military, especially if all or even more of our resources were
available, we are having some very real tactical difficulties in this conflict to where we are actually losing ground to the enemy. We are actually
being forced to retreat and cede former allied strongholds to the enemy.
While I don't support this war, I do support our military and it bothers the hell out of me that we are being forced to retreat and lose ground. We
need to either put enough resources into this conflict to win on a tactical front, or declare victory and pull out all together. Otherwise this
conflict will drag on for ever and more of our young heroes will keep paying the ultimate sacrifice or they will keep coming home maimed.
Regardless, the Afghans (Taliban) are giving us one hell of a fight, at least with the limited resources that we are committing. However, make no
mistake about it, we are not
voluntarily pulling forces from these regions for any of the reasons that the media is reporting on and instead,
we are being beaten back, forced to retreat and losing ground to the enemy in some areas of the country.
Our problems in Afghanistan aren't only political or diplomatic in nature. We don't have military superiority over the country, as is evident by our
lost ground due to retreating, regardless of the reasons that the media gives for our troops being pulled out of a region. It's quite simple really,
we are being forced to retreat from certain areas, which means we are losing ground to the enemy.
edit on 26-2-2011 by airspoon because: (no reason given)