The well known and unfortunately humorous oxymoron of “military intelligence” was what led Sgt. Dakota Meyer to take actions resulting in being awarded the Medal of Honor last week by President Obama. Will Swenson, who also acted heroically with Meyer, had his Medal of Honor paperwork lost by the military and thus didn’t get the award… yet.
What a bunch of incompetent idiots!
The 6 hour battle in Ganjgal, Afghanistan lasted so long according to Marine Corps Times because:
Nearly two hours after the initial call for help, helicopter air support arrived — but not before the unit took heavy casualties. The delay occurred because Army officers back at the tactical operations center refused to send help and failed to notify higher commands that they had troops in trouble. In the end, three Marines, a Navy corpsman and a soldier were dead, along with eight Afghan troops and an interpreter.
Those are the findings of a new investigation into the Sept. 8 ambush involving a team of U.S. military trainers embedded with Afghan troops in Kunar province.
The actions of those in the tactical operations center were undoubtedly criminal and according to the report “were the result of ‘negligent’ leadership — ‘contributing directly to the loss of life’” but thus far only two Army officers have been “disciplined.”
Four U.S. soldiers were murdered along with 8 Afghan soldiers and an interpreter.
Meyer, who was the youngest and most junior soldier at the fire fight, disobeyed direct orders (along with Swenson) and saved the lives of as many as 40 people before help arrived.
During the battle he was told help would be there in 15 minutes.
The saying is victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan and even though the battle of Ganjgal Valley is but a single event that took place on a single day it does make one wonder just what are we still doing in Afghanistan?
The original mission for the United States in Afghanistan was to destroy the presence of the Taliban and al Qaeda thus making it impossible for another 9-11 to be planned. Instead, the result is much like the movie Hamburger Hill where Americans fight, and die, for a patch of land which serves no useful purpose.
We have to look no further than to Bill Clinton’s nation building exercise in Haiti to find our answers for Afghanistan:
“Every time we spend a dollar in Haiti from now on we have to ask ourselves, ‘Does this have a long-term return? Are we helping them become more self-sufficient? … Are we serious about working ourselves out of a job?’” Clinton said.
In many ways The United States is still following Bush’s statement that it’s better to fight them “over there” rather than here. At the time he said that, I agreed but now I do not.
Many who oppose the war in Afghanistan like to cite the financial costs of it. Do this mean if it only cost us $19.95 per day they’re be for it? Doing right has no relation to how much a thing costs. An action is right because it is just, money be damned.
But Afghanistan is no longer about “going right” because making that country safe for Democracy isn’t going to happen. Making it safe for a slow implosion isn’t even going to happen. 10 years of war there has shown little progress outside of a few urban areas. The rest of the country, particularly along the border of Pakistan, is still as dangerous now as it was September 10, 2001.
A nation’s military is meant for one mission only: destroying the enemy. Destroying the enemy requires a completely different mindset and set of tactics than does enforcing the peace. Military troops can enforce the peace but they are not designed for this purpose and it only results in them being victims of political and social conflicts often resulting in their deaths.
The financial burdens of Afghanistan can be easily met by America. Imagine how many days of fighting the $500+ million wasted by the Obama administration on Solyndra would have covered? The death rate, though high by modern Western standards, is not historically significant. The difference, however, is that our troops are dying for no real reason. Whether we stay in Afghanistan for 10 weeks or 10 years more as soon as we leave the country will fall back into total barbarianism.
Are troops are being used as sacrificial protection.
In construction, when steel pipes are buried underground, they will rust. To prevent this reaction, iron bars are attached so that it will rust before the steel will. Once the iron has been used up it is simply replaced so the steel can continue undamaged.
Our troops are being used as an iron bar would and the “steel” in this little example is the idea that terrorist groups will not be able to use Afghanistan as a staging ground for further acts of carnage against the United States.
The trouble is, there are plenty of other “lawless” states such as Somalia and Sudan where terrorists do operate and where American soldiers are not present.
Call it Gulliver being overrun by the Lilliputians, the Great Satan leaving in defeat, or that term of our time, Mission Creep. Whatever it’s called, the time for fighting them “over there” has passed and the majority of our troops need to come home because that is the right thing to do.