Arghandab & The Battle for Kandahar

Read it at Michael Yon

A key point:

First, let’s talk about understanding “the borders.” They are fictitious. The “borders” that describe the “country” of Afghanistan have trivial effect on the enemy, but the borders (without quotes) greatly affect Pakistan and the Coalition. The AfPak frontier will be sealed the day frogs stop croaking. We complain that Pakistan should help, but they can’t do much. We haven’t secured the Tex-Mex border. Many Afghans are migratory in the way that we see Mexican laborers in the United States. Only instead of just picking corn, some will pick corn and supplement their income by planting a bomb. For some, it’s just business, like being a hired gun in Iraq or Afghanistan. Lots of normal people will do those jobs.

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Comments

  1. I read that last night. And as usual Michael is far more informative than all the major news organizations combined.

    I thought this one really true and insightful:

    The good news is that a tiger doesn’t need to completely understand the jungle to survive, navigate, and then dominate. It is not necessary to know every anthropological and historical nuance of the people here. If that were the case, our Coalition of over forty nations would not exist. More important is to realize that they are humans like us. They get hungry, happy, sad, and angry; they make friends and enemies (to the Nth degree); they are neither supermen nor vermin. They’re just people.

    Pundits on both sides have been over thinking this thing militarily, and as usual Michael brings the smaller scale pragmatism of a Green Beret to the argument. If we take the time to understand what makes these people tick, at broad to medium scales, and then use that knowledge to work with those we can work with, while fighting those we can’t, we can succeed.

  2. According to General James Jones there are fewer than 100 Al Qaeda still operating in Afghanistan. Why are we still there?

    It doesn’t seem a very wise way to spend money we don’t have. Oh that’s right, we just raised our debt ceiling another 2 trillion.

  3. 11 Bravo,

    ARE YOU THICK HEADED?

    NOT ONLY DID I EXPLANED WHY WE ARE THERE THE LAST TIME YOU ASKED, ANYONE WITH HALF A WORKING BRAIN AND A MODICUM OF KNOWLEDGE WOULD NOT EVEN ASK SUCH A NAIVE QUESTION!

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