Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tide Turning in Afghanistan?

"When [General McChrystal] visited troops on the front lines, to the extend that such things exist in an anti-guerrilla war, and gave them usual pep-BS talk," reports Lew Rockwell, "they responded by staring at him expressionless" — The Best News Out of the McChrystal Interview. "When he left, not one man cheered or even applauded," Mr. Rockwell continues. "The US war on Vietnam, and its 4-6 million deaths on the other side, ended when the troops began to say No. Could that be happening again?"

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

I think US forces are nearing the point of exhaustion, both the troops on the ground and in the command sectors. McChrystal's statements to Rolling Stone only make sense in that light -- he's nearing the end of his stamina and is making serious mistakes about dealing with the press. More evidence: Gen. Petraeus collapsed in front of a congressional committee last week. Those are the top commanders for US forces in the region. My conclusion: the army is getting tired.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous walt said...

I agree Mark that the grunts are coming to the end of their rope. I also think that the recent NYT's article about the strategic value of the "vast mineral resources of Afghanistan" , which is actually "old news", was the Pentagon's public affairs teams trying to keep the war effort on life support from Congress and the American public.

3:58 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Yes, they're tired and the whole country is tired. We need a break. We're reaching the breaking point.

10:51 PM  

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