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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Yeah, let's make the Mad Max environment of Afghanistan even worse


just what's needed here - more guys with guns - like that's going to fix anything...
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight-year conflict "will likely result in failure," according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post.

Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal says emphatically: "Failure to gain the initiative and reverse insurgent momentum in the near-term (next 12 months) -- while Afghan security capacity matures -- risks an outcome where defeating the insurgency is no longer possible."

driving back to our guest house from the office here in kabul yesterday, we did a little right-of-way mexican standoff with a heavily armored humvee, not a particularly wise move on the part of our driver... fortunately, the team aboard the humvee must have been in a gracious mood or just been plain too tired to care because they chose not to either run us over and crush us flat or, alternatively, to shred us into tiny, blood-spattered metal fragments... somehow, i just can't see how adding more such mad max contraptions to the streets and roads of afghanistan is going to magically make things better... but, hey, what do i know...?

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