Mullah Dadullah

Top Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan

This is the sort of event where I used to say things like “I don’t really want to celebrate the death of another human being” and such.

You’ll notice I’m not saying anything like that.

Of course, the enemy we fight has the capability to replace leaders easily enough and replacement for this bastard is probably taking control as we speak. But it’s nice to knock a few of these guys off once in a while.

The fight in Afghanistan is going to go on for a long, long time. Longer, I think, than the fight in Iraq. But we’ll take every little victory we can get, and this one isn’t all that little.

Our troops, the NATO troops, Afghan troops, and the troops of other allied nations deserve a big pat on the back for this.


  1. People always talk about how there’s someone else to step in. That is true, but you have to think that (most of the time, at least) the next guy in line is not quite as good as the last leader. If the next guy was better, he would already be the leader. Of course, internal politics means this is not _always_ true, but on average it is. The more leaders we take out, the more we degrade the capabilities of the organization.

  2. Slight modification to Chuck’s theory: We have to take them out faster than they can train them. If we leave long enough between leaders, then ‘next’ guy might be more skilled thean the last guy was at the time he took the reigns. But yes, there’s always a benefit to taking out the current guy. I sure hope we’re engaged in a lot of very long-term operations that will yeild results at very high levels in the AQ (and other) command structures. Soon.