Afghan soldiers called in deadly NATO airstrike

Hmm. Looks like the airstrike that reportedly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers and has international relations all jacked up again (still) was called in by the Afghan military.

Accident because the Afghans were incompetent? Accident because insurgent fire was originating close to the Paki position and the Afghans thought it was them? Accident because the strike hit the wrong target?

Or not an accident?

I’d put as much effort into determining the who and why of the call-in as anything else. There’s a wild chance that maybe one or two of the the members of the Afghan military are not 100% devoted to our cause (crazy idea, I know, but hypothetically possible) and saw a chance to stir up a little trouble and hamstring logistics by getting us to accidentally whack some friendlies.

Either way, it’s hard to take Pakistan’s outrage all that seriously. Yes, the strike was a regrettable mistake. But if they policed their own territory a bit more effectively, maybe we’d not have to worry about what’s on their side of the border so much.

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  1. Either way, it’s hard to take Pakistan’s outrage all that seriously. Yes, the strike was a regrettable mistake. But if they policed their own territory a bit more effectively, maybe we’d not have to worry about what’s on their side of the border so much.

    Pakistan is a poor nation with a large, mountainous and remote border with Afghanistan. The US is the wealthiest nation on earth with the most sophisticated military. Yet who really believes we control our border which is no where near as rugged or remote as theirs?

    1. Pakistan is a poor nation with a large, mountainous and remote border with Afghanistan. The US is the wealthiest nation on earth with the most sophisticated military. Yet who really believes we control our border which is no where near as rugged or remote as theirs?

      That doesn’t do anything to excuse them. In many cases, at least, they’re doing a half-assed job, at best, of controlling the border region. It’s as much a choice as anything.

      Same goes for us. We don’t control our border because we choose to leave it mostly open most of the time.

      Bad policy on both counts.

      1. Not only do we not control our border, we appear to be actively supplying Mexican drug cartels with weapons, sort of like the Pakis do with the Talban.

        Would Mexico be justified in cross border attacks on us? Granted their entire air force only has 10 F-5s, but assuming they had the might, would attacks on us be justified?

  2. I get that there are still some badies over there that deserve whacking, I just don’t get where all this ends. Pakistan will remain a basket-case no matter what we do. Afghanistan will not change culturally enough to become a functioning nation state any time soon. In the mean time, we keep involving ourselves in what amounts to tribal warfare, often getting both sides to hate us. Does our presence help stabilize Pakistan or radicalize it?

    I honestly don’t know what the answers here are, but I am deeply concerned what the endgame will be.

  3. .

    Islamic sect warfare / tribal warfare is the key to the Paki-Afghan-Iraqi quagmire American has been sucked into.

    When you’re up to your ass in alligators and draining the swamp is not an option

    Then.

    Unfortunately, the only answer is for the American military to vacate the region.

  4. (1) An air strike, no matter how incompetent, needs a location.
    (2) Any request for an air strike will arrive with the corresponding coordinates for the said air strike.
    (3) That request will automatically be reviewed by an individual of rank based on the area concerned.
    (4) The location, relevant boarders, populated areas and other info is checked before the agreed order is given.
    Problem is….the Pakistani soldiers who were manning a boarder control were within Pakistani territory, something that would have been blindingly obvious to anyone in a designated control room. Who did you say were incompetent???

    1. No one ever said they should not have attacked a position in Pakistan. Everyone knew the position was in Pakistan. We strike targets in Pakistan all the time.

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