There is not a military solution in Afghanistan
by Jerome Armstrong, Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 04:48:51 AM EST
Regarding the Af-Pak Mess, here are the Security developments in Afghanistan, March 2:
March 2 - Following are security developments in Afghanistan at 1330
GMT on Monday:
HELMAND - NATO-led forces killed eight civilians and wounded 17 in an
engagement with insurgents who had attacked their patrol in Sangin
district, 490 km (305 miles) southwest of Kabul, on Feb. 23, NATO and
the provincial governor's office said.
The joint statement was released following an investigation into the
incident which also resulted in insurgent casualties.
NANGARHAR - U.S.-led coalition forces shot at a car when it failed to
heed warning signals in Jalalabad city, 115 km (70 miles) east of
Kabul, wounding one civilian passenger on Sunday, the U.S. military
NANGARHAR - A vehicle belonging to NATO-led forces rolled over after
it swerved to avoid a collision with another vehicle, killing a
civilian on a bicycle in Jalalabad city on Sunday, the alliance said.
HELMAND - NATO-led troops wounded one Afghan boy when they fired
mortars at two men they say were planting a roadside bomb in Gereshk
district, 530 km (330 miles) southwest of Kabul, on Thursday, the
FARAH - NATO-led soldiers wounded two civilians when they shot at a
car they say was travelling too close to their military convoy in
Farah, 650 km (405 miles) southwest of Kabul, on Sunday, the alliance
said. (Compiled by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Sugita Katyal)
It is just plain wrong to believe that a military increase inside Afghanistan will solve the problem. Unfortunately, it is only going to create more of a problem with incidents (some of which are nearly unavoidable) like the above.
There is not a military solution in Afghanistan, and the quicker that progressives begin telling this to Obama, the less we will lose. But right now, there are too many of the misguided Matthew Yglesias types, who are in support of an Afghanistan war, and there are way too many progressive bloggers that have their head in the sand, and are too afraid to piss off their Obamafan pageviews by speaking out against the surge escalation in Afghanistan.
For an idea of the insanity that currently is happening in progressive regions of the blogosphere, just look at the back and forth between Plutonium Page (Daily Kos) and Brandon Friedman (of VoteVet.org), over their support of a troop increase in Afghanistan:
A Century? And even then, given the above that happens all to regularly with a military try at nation-building, it wouldn't work. One of the many wrong-headed legacies of George Bush is that nation-building with a military in the middle-east doesn't work. That's the tactic that Obama needs to reverse.