Category Archives: Afghanistan War

A Few Good Men v. Sheep

A group of military “heroes” in Afghanistan demonstrate their bravery in the field:

There may be some background “context” to this film that could perhaps explain why a group of U.S. Marines elected to kill a bewildered sheep by clubbing it to death with an aluminum baseball bat while laughing and deliriously hooting, but it’s not readily apparent.

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A Burning Issue

If anything demonstrates the utter hopelessness and complete futility of the Canadian “mission” in Afghanistan, this latest incident, where 12 United Nations aid workers were killed (one even beheaded, apparently) as retribution for some crackpot preacher in Florida burning the Qur’an, surely does.

Maybe it’s time that the untold millions of dollars that will be flushed down the toilet of Afghanistan over the next three years of our “mission” in that primitive hellhole were instead invested in our own domestic needs; whether it be fixing roads and bridges or helping lift many of our own citizens out of poverty.

This is an issue where the Liberals have been sorely disappointing over the years since getting us into this insane clusterfuck in the first place. I know many Liberal supporters want to turn a blind eye to it, but it’s something that I believe every Liberal candidate needs to be confronted with. Why won’t they immediately pull the plug on this hopeless and utterly misguided “mission” in Afghanistan that is DOOMED TO FAILURE?

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Afghan War Debate

There’s a debate taking place in Congress today over Dennis Kucinich’s bill H. Con. Res. 28 calling for President Obama to remove troops from Afghanistan within 30 days of adoption, or if the president determines such a rapid withdrawal would be jeopardize the safety of U.S. troops, then delay the withdrawal to no later than the end of the year.

This motion will likely go nowhere fast, but here in Canada there isn’t even any debate at all over the issue…

The Harper Government® unilaterally decided to extend the country’s “mission” in Afghanistan to 2014, in doing so breaking promises made in 2006, 2007, and 2010. And it was able to do that because the official “Opposition” led by Michael Ignatieff supported the Conservatives. Just as they routinely have when push comes to shove on almost every key issue over the last several years.

Maybe if (when) the Bloc assumes the LPC’s place as the Official Opposition after the next election, though highly ironic, it wouldn’t really be such a bad thing.

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Sour Grapes

I will never for the life me understand the enduring celebrity appeal in this country of an obnoxious buffoon like Don Cherry, let alone completely fathom how anyone in their right mind could approve of his glibly autographing artillery shells in Afghanistan — particularly on Christmas Day for goodness sake! But hey, that’s probably just because I’m a left wing, pinko kook…

It’s understood that Defence Minister Peter MacKay who headed up the jolly “Team Canada Christmas Day tour” of Canadian military bases in southern Afghanistan awkwardly quipped, “Don, this is a different type of ‘He shoots, he scores.’” Ugh.

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Ending the Afghanistan War

Following through on his promise made back in December to reassert congressional power (per Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution) to overrule the President Obama’s plans for prolonged war in Afghanistan, yesterday, Dennis Kucinich introduced two privileged resolutions invoking the War Powers Act of 1973 aimed at triggering debate and votes on a timely withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

If, as the American people have repeatedly been told by the government for the better part of a decade now — as have we here in Canada — that their military forces have made tremendous strides in achieving improvement in the lives of Afghans, sending little girls to school, eliminating the imaginary threat of “terra” and so on, then maybe it’s time to just declare “victory” and end this ridiculous, heinously expensive misadventure on the other side of the world.

Thankfully, our government has at least the good sense to have already pulled the plug on our commitment to this absurd farce as of next year. Pity it wasn’t sooner and that more young men and women will have to die needlessly in the meantime, but at least it’s better than the prospect facing the Americans of propping up their criminal drug cartel/autocratic puppet regime in Kabul for some indefinite period of time.

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Test Case “Moshtarak”

NATO’s latest military offensive to “break” the Taliban finally kicked off earlier this week. The combined operation, the cleverly-chosen name of which means “together” in the local Dari language (a Persian dialect spoken in parts of Afghanistan), involves 4,000 US Marines, supported by 4,000 British troops, a large Afghan force and contingents of Canadians, French, Danes and Estonians.

Seems to me more like a “test case” for the new strategy for “winning” the Afghan war than anything else. How else to explain the fact the operation was widely publicized for weeks in advance, thereby allowing the Taliban to either safely flee the area well ahead of time or just temporarily go to ground, blending back in with the local populace (hence the “low numbers” of insurgent casualties and only sporadic resistance during the initial push).

Whether it will work remains to be seen. Of course, the true test of this new counter-insurgency approach will be in how effectively NATO delivers on its “nation-building” promises that comprise subsequent stages of the operation.

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Oh, What a Lovely War

Not that yet another reason is needed to predict with absolute confidence the eventual failure of the “mission” in Afghanistan, but here’s one anyway: It seems that during breaks in fighting, the vast majority of Afghan soldiers enjoy nothing more than to smoke hash and randomly fire their guns at nothing in particular.

As independent war correspondent David Axe has noted, “All Afghans smoke pot — especially in winter, when roads are snowed in and nobody’s working.” All fine, but a situation that poses a bit of an obstacle to the spurious notion of “training up” the Afghan National Army and security forces…

Perhaps NATO and the U.S. government should simply buy the Taliban and the Afghan Army Xbox 360s and Call of Duty, then they can get stoned and play each other all night long without actually hurting anyone.

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A Tortured Plea

I know this sentiment likely goes against the grain of conventional “liberal” thought, but I have to admit that I’m absolutely bored to death with the incessant interrogations of government officials of late by the media and opposition MPs about the issue of torture.

While it may represent a serious character flaw on my part, I have to confess that I simply don’t care. Likewise, I’ve been utterly wearied over the past several years to the point of complete disinterest by all of the mawkish rhetorical hand-wringing on the part of our liberal American friends about the alleged torture of “detainees” captured in their farcical “Global War of Terrorism.”

Here’s International Trade Minister Stockwell Day trotting out a mundane litany of “good news” from Afghanistan, describing all of the so-called achievements virtuously realized by our presence in that country, most of which simply beg to be mocked for their ridiculous fraudulence; but instead, he’s put in the relatively comfortable position of coolly deflecting the tenacious questioning of reporters about… alleged torture of some putative Taliban fighters captured and detained several years ago.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I condone torture by any means — or “enhanced interrogation” (if that’s how one wants to more politely describe simulated drowning, intimidation with vicious dogs, extended sleep deprivation, degrading acts of humiliation, enforced stress positions, not to mention all manner of psychotic mind-games) — especially in the case of probably witless, hired “insurgents” or even, as frequently seems to be the case, perfectly innocent civilians inadvertently swept up from the countryside in the fray, but this obsessive focus on “torture” (of which there’s little doubt it occurred in horrifically mismanaged Afghan jails staffed by sadistic thugs) really seems to take away from the broader questions regarding the vastly more important issues concerning the nature of our involvement in this shabby little war.

The media and the opposition parties are like a ferocious pack of dogs in pursuit of an irresistibly meaty bone when it comes to the matter of “torture” (if nothing else, the very word itself is an arrestingly sensational attention-grabber). But enough already! Why not simply admit that mistakes were made, evidently corrected to the best extent possible in a laudably professional manner by our military forces on the ground and move on to more substantive issues about the highly dubious purpose and utterly misguided objectives of the war itself. This constant, microscopic focus on the treatment of a handful of prisoners several years ago and the subsequent bungling and/or possibly deliberate cover-up of potentially embarrassing information surrounding it by Conservative hacks is not only pointless, but beyond tiresome.

I seriously hope that when parliament reconvenes after the holidays, Ignatieff can sharply refocus the Liberals’ offensive to press the government in such a way as to gain an absolute, unwavering assurance that our relatively small military presence will indeed be withdrawn entirely in 2011 rather than persisting in the current line of futile inquiry about allegations of “torture” that are all too easily prone to being characterized as willfully impugning the moral integrity of the Forces for partisan advantage.

In other words, please get a little more politically savvy… If the Conservatives have so much fabulously “good news” and terrific “gains” to report about our efforts in Afghanistan, well then run with that — declare “victory” and get the hell out of that abysmal sinkhole at the first available opportunity.

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Kucinich to Obama: “No You Can’t!”

Citing Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s warning earlier this week that his country will need aid to fund its security forces for up to 20 more years, Dennis Kucinich is proposing two resolutions when Congress reconvenes calling for President Obama to withdraw all US forces by no later than April 15, 2010.

“We cannot afford these wars. We cannot afford the loss of lives. We cannot afford the cost to taxpayers. We cannot afford to fail to exercise our constitutional right to end the wars,” said Kucinich.

While these resolutions have about as much chance of success as a veggie burger offering at McDonald’s they do however represent a serious challenge to the insane notion that “victory” of any kind can be achieved in the Afghanistan War with a limited “surge” of troops and some vague commitment to standing up the military forces of Karzai’s hopelessly corrupt puppet regime.

Thank goodness our government has (finally) had the good sense to tacitly acknowledge the complete futility and utter hopelessness of this harebrained foreign misadventure, even though they would be loathe to put their determination to withdraw troops in 2011 in precisely those terms. Were there not so much public opposition to such a bloody and ridiculously expensive folly, chances are that the Harper government would quite merrily continue our engagement in Afghanistan indefinitely…

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Much Ado About Torture

Why doesn’t Gen. Natynczyk support the troops?

Notwithstanding a new EKOS poll indicating that 83% of Canadian surveyed believe the Harper government was aware “there was a strong possibility that prisoners would be tortured,” I seriously doubt this issue will have any discernable impact on support for the Conservatives because, let’s face it, most of the party’s backers view torture quite favourably, especially in the case of suspected terrorists or enemy combatants.

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