Afghan Commandos

Gotta say that don’t look all that impressive:

U.S. special operations forces (SOF) and Afghan National Army commandos conduct a patrol during a clearing operation in Chak district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Oct. 9, 2011. SOF team members and Afghan commandos conducted the operation in order to disrupt insurgent activity in the area. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Kaily Brown, U.S. Army/Released)

U.S. special operations forces (SOF) and Afghan National Army commandos conduct a patrol during a clearing operation in Chak district, Wardak province, Afghanistan, Oct. 9, 2011. SOF team members and Afghan commandos conducted the operation in order to disrupt insurgent activity in the area. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Kaily Brown, U.S. Army/Released)

The guy with the M240 looks pretty much gassed.

Comments

  1. “The guy with the M240 looks pretty much gassed.”

    Ha, yeah. He’s prolly thinking, “Sheeeit… when I was with the Taliban I had a Toyota pickup truck to drive up and down these hills.”

  2. It’s all relative. At least they’re wearing the same uniform (even if they don’t feel like strapping on their helmets). ‘Sides, as the previous two commenters alluded to, it’s not so much important what they look like. It’s much more important what they act like.

    I dig the rambo-looking guy in the back.

    1. You’re right, of course. And they don’t need to be Grade-A operators to be effective.

      On the flip side, we’ve been working at building them up for a decade now, and as they’re “commandos” and picked for a photo to be published, they’re probably about the cream of the crop.

      1. “…we’ve been working at building them up for a decade now”

        And they have ten years experience now in stealing from us.

        At this point I wonder whether it would have been cheaper to build a great starship, recruit and train 50 people, send them to Mars, and establish a functioning democratic society there than to do so in Afghanistan.

        Certainly woulda been faster.

        1. Based on my five second google search, the Afghan war has cost in the neighborhood of .5 trillion dollars. The Apollo program cost about $145 billion in recent vintage dollars. So, we could have done three from the ground up, all research included, start from scratch, big science, big engineering projects mit authentic nazi rocket scientists for what we’ve spent producing high as a kite, non-helmet wearing Afghan commandos, taliban targets, wait, schools and hospitals, etc.

          So, even doing things the NASA way – which is hardly the best way, don’t get me started – I think that for that kind of cash, we probably could have gotten 50 guys to Mars, with a basic habitat, mars jeeps, return capsule and sauna.

          Food for thought, though: Space-X has announced that it will produce the Falcon-Heavy launcher. 1/2 the payload capacity of the old Saturn-V, for $100 million. That’s million, with an “M” not billion. They’ve also done initial tests on a three man reusable capsule.

          So, for $200 million, you get a Saturn-V launch equivalent. For a billion, you get five SV equivalents. For $145B, you get 725. SO, if we used one Apollo program worth of money on launches, we could get a lot of hardware in orbit. If we used another Apollo program’s worth of cash on buying habitat modules, paying for research, we’d have our Mars rocket and habitats. We could use the last Apollo program worth of money for hookers and blow for congressmen so they’ll get out of the effing way.

          1. We could use the last Apollo program worth of money for hookers and blow for congressmen so they’ll get out of the effing way.

            Murdoc’s got a better idea: Use the first couple Apollo programs’ worth of money to send all the congressmen to Mars. Then declare it an X-class starport and Red Zone.

            I’m not sure what step 2 is, but step 3 is probably “Profit!”

  3. Cannon fodder, Afghanistan style…..I.E.D. magnets.

    But, Someones gotta do it.

    3 Hots, pair of boots, camo duds and a cot is more than they had before enlisting.

  4. Can we get them some helmet covers and slings? I might have a couple of the old woodland cammo covers at the bottom of a sea bag.

    1. Bram,

      You crack me up. I was in my local surplus store last weekend (bought a spool of 550 cord).

      I coulda outfitted that whole squad with helmet covers, pile caps, and slings for about $30.

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