Part of the title comes from a song out of another era, but it's very much current events we're having to face here.
What kind of evil and sick, twisted place does it require to see people strap a bomb on so they can go target something inside a densely populated
area. Then, after that is accomplished, approach said target with children....10 of them...close enough to be killed by the blast? This isn't war.
This is evil.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bomber targeting an American patrol outside a busy market in eastern Afghanistan killed 13 people on Monday,
including 10 schoolchildren who were walking nearby and two international service members, officials said.
Gen. Zelmia Oryakhail, provincial police chief of Paktia province, said the bomber was on a motorcycle and detonated his explosives at midday outside
the market in Samkani district as American forces passed. He said a local school had just let pupils out for lunch.
Unfortunately, this isn't happening as a one-off and in isolation. It's a little late, but I suppose one could call this the annual Spring
Offensive. It's a yearly event in Afghanistan and has been a draw for the locals since the 1970's. Well, a draw for some. A nightmare for others.
In recent weeks, Taliban insurgents have unleashed a wave of suicide bombers to hit government targets and international agencies in the country,
and militants have been attacking police checkpoints in several provinces in a major test for the security forces of President Hamid Karzai's
Now I can almost hear the running feet of the moral relativist crowd coming to make sure no one can ever
forget, US forces also kill in
collateral damage from things like drone strikes. So I'll cede the point right up front, in the OP. I'll also note there is a world of difference
between an Air Strike and actually, personally, looking the people you are about to murder in the face. I don't support what the drone program has
become, to be blunt, but that's apples to oranges.
This isn't about the US or what Allied/NATO Forces do. This is about suicide bombers murdering kids. This is what we need to either get serious about
fighting (and that's just a bit late at this point), or get serious about leaving. The public talk in media is that the 2014 withdrawal date is solid
and will be adhered to.
I'm afraid people will have to mark me in the highly skeptical column for that one.
US to Stay in Afghanistan after 2014
Allen: Afghans may need U.S
'bridging force' beyond 2014
(The Army Times also ran this. It's dated May 31st)
In another recent statement by former US Commanding General Allen,
WASHINGTON — The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan called on the White House Friday to announce how many troops it intends to leave in
that country after 2014.
Retired Gen. John Allen said Afghans need certainty on how many U.S. troops will stay behind after the majority complete their withdrawal by Dec. 31,
2014, before they will choose to side with the Afghan government or the
...There would seem to be some serious uncertainty. My vote would be none, 0, zilch and the big goose egg for how many Americans are 'left behind'
in that place when the bulk of force that can protect them gets pulled out toward the end of the year.
Now, America won't be lonely because we won't be alone.
British troops to stay beyond 2014 in Afghnistan
The nations that fight together, stay together? How about just the nations who bribe together?
The CIA Gave Karzai Bags Full of Cash for Over a
Turns Out British Spies Were Giving
Bags of Cash to Karzai, Too
and of course, a little thing like publicity to corruption should never stand in the way of good (ahem) foreign policy. The show must go on, after
Karzai: CIA promises to continue cash payments
...but that really doesn't solve the problem. Karzai is on about 9 US bases for the long term while Congress hears testimony of 10,000 or more troops
staying behind in tactical roles and security for other US interests. Who can we find to command such an effort? Is there a direct blood line for
Military commanders from General Custer? I believe it may be fitting.
However, ultimately, this is about a place where people blow themselves
up, killing a few within the assumed target while murdering 10 school
kids....as just another event in general daily life across Afghanistan.
It's madness on a stick and we really, really do
need to get out of that place. The month of May saw over 1,000 deaths related to fighting
across Iraq, to point to our other recent "success". Afghanistan will never be any better than we see it today, by our being there...anyway. Only
bad comes from this point, IMO. Afghanistan is a land, it's said, where Empires go to die. History bears that out. Afghanistan is a place that
doesn't forgive weakness or fools. We're showing foolish weakness left and right, IMO.
The end of the year is too long and even an Embassy in that land locked nation is too much to leave behind for how vulnerable it will leave Americans.
Some other recent events don't need a repeat for lack of support, IMO.