Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Legitimizing Cold Blooded Murderers; The New Rave!

There is barely a day that passes without the drone-like reminder that the world we now live in is riddled with the carnage left by the blood lusting and demonically influenced hordes in our midst. One would think that after 10 years of studying and fighting this enemy, we might actually have  a firm understanding of him and have determined how best to defeat him.

We certainly should have been able to determine what doesn't work.

Instead, we unilaterally placed a "governor" on our force projection which presumed to increase trust and goodwill amongst the Afghan population by reducing civilian casualties. In so doing, we necessarily extended the need for US forces there into perpetuity. And we did this based on a faulty presumption; that the average Afghan did not agree - to greater degree, with the Taliban. It also almost by necessity assumes then that the average Afghan does not see us as anything other than good people coming to the rescue.

Both of these assumptions are wrong and have been proven wrong, over and over again. All COIN has left us with is a river of blood - American blood. It is needless and will prove to have been for naught because without a discernable victory, there can be no definable end.

We have been so sure of our perception of this enemy that we have extended it to other countries where he resides and other situations. From the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and their venomous propaganda in Egypt to revelations that Al Qaeda agents are "guiding" the NTC in Libya, we are reminded, daily, that this administration and this government in general, has chosen to blind itself to this self-defined enemy and has recklessly endangered our Warriors in the process.

This is fruit of what I believe to be a deliberate effort to ignore the low probability of a trustworthy cooperation between not only the Afghan government and us, but certainly, the Pakistani government and us as well. If suggesting you can massage a snake long enough to safely extract venom without eventually getting bit is risky business then blindfolding yourself in the process is foolish.

The argument that the killing of civilians during combat operations or even the night raids which were all but halted by the ROE, drives "innocent civilians" into the arms of the Taliban, further exposes the lie that the average Afghan hates the Taliban. Herschel Smith did an excellent analysis of the story by the Christian Science Monitor. And while this article dares to suggest that night raids have continued, they have largely been conducted by Afghan forces. Our involvement was curtailed by a decision made over 2 years ago.

The follow on argument deals with the conduct of open combat operations against the Taliban. As the argument goes; "You can't kill your way to Victory". I beg to differ. You will have to explain that to the men who fought in the last war this country actually won and, I might add, in two different theaters of operation and against uniformed armies no less determined. The suggestion that there is no limit to the number of recruits the Taliban can raise ignores one main point; even the devout wince at pain!

Of course, you have to be willing to deliver the pain.

Even while "the fight" against the Taliban continues in Afghanistan, the United States has facilitated the opening of a Taliban "office" in Qatar by "blessing" it.  And even though the Haqqani network along the Afghan Pakistani border, saw fit to launch an attack against the US Embassy in Kabul, last week, we are still reaching out to them. The "open channel" was buffered by remonstrations by Hillary Clinton who demanded the Pakistan government attend to the situation, but it is certainly made hollow by the universal knowledge that this administration sees conflict resolution as sharing tea and goat meat at a "peace table" with all elements of the Taliban, Kabul and the US present rather than punishing those who aided in an assault against the Embassy or these shores.

For those who can't follow the logic; let me help you: Reaching out to the Haqqani Network, right now, after so brazen an attack in Kabul, against Sovereign US territory, would be akin to reaching out to Al Qaeda one week after the Trade Towers were blown back to the earth.

The thing that is most troubling is that while the Pakistani government is pressuring the US to end the war in Afghanistan, they are simultaneously demanding that it be done in a way that "meets their needs". Of course, they also want assurances we will support their security needs along their border with India.

Now why in the world, would anyone side with someone proven untrustworthy who is at war against a nation we have a good, healthy relationship with?

The audacity of Pakistan in all of this could only be missed by the completely ignorant or naive. We have had problems with cross border raids from Pakistan since we first invaded Afghanistan and attacks on logistic trains which run north from Karachi and through the Khyber Pass have been allowed to continue, unabated for as long. Their entire intelligence apparatus is so corrupt that even Islamabad can't tell you who they actually trust.

Cooperation has been a one way street and none of this should have been or should be a surprise for if the Pakistani government, the Afghan government or the Afghan or Pakistani population can be depended on for anything, it is treachery; at least where dealing with us is concerned.

After all, they still have far more in common with each other than they ever will with us, and they have a shared religious ideology that in the end, trumps all it's presumed ties.

Semper Fidelis;

John Bernard


  1. In an article about the Barbary Pirates by Garard Gawalt he writes:

    Paying the ransom would only lead to further demands, Jefferson argued in letters to future presidents John Adams, then America's minister to Great Britain, and James Monroe, then a member of Congress. As Jefferson wrote to Adams in a July 11, 1786, letter, "I acknolege [sic] I very early thought it would be best to effect a peace thro' the medium of war." Paying tribute will merely invite more demands, and even if a coalition proves workable, the only solution is a strong navy that can reach the pirates, Jefferson argued in an August 18, 1786, letter to James Monroe: "The states must see the rod; perhaps it must be felt by some one of them. . . . Every national citizen must wish to see an effective instrument of coercion, and should fear to see it on any other element than the water. A naval force can never endanger our liberties, nor occasion bloodshed; a land force would do both." "From what I learn from the temper of my countrymen and their tenaciousness of their money," Jefferson added in a December 26, 1786, letter to the president of Yale College, Ezra Stiles, "it will be more easy to raise ships and men to fight these pirates into reason, than money to bribe them."

    I see a similarity between the problem faced in that era and our fight with the Taliban today.

  2. They view what they are doing as a precurser to the second comming. They have been raised to hate all their lives and no amount of money or pandering will lessen the onslaught. If anything it gives them more power and this administration is doing it's damndest to facilitate that. I have posted some things on this very subject at spreadeaglepatriot if you care to take a gander. I'll send you the links if needed.
    "The warrior knows if he chooses the weakest path, the only person he truly cheats is himself." Semper Fi

  3. USMCdadMCBHI;

    There really is a sad side note commentary on that affair; the entire free world had decided it was cheaper to pay the "tithe" (extortion) to the Pirates than to fight them and so it just became an additional expense. An unhealthy percentage of our government officials felt the same way.

    Jefferson was one of the few who felt fighting them was the only reasonable course of action and even he was measuring it in terms of dollars and cents.

    It seems the Moslem is not the only pragmatist, but our God is mammon, while theirs is a Demon.



  4. Spreadeaglepatriot;

    You touch on a point that is at the core of this whole matter and one our damnable government stubbornly refuses to acknowledge. That is the influence of the religion on the day to day decision making of the average Moslem.

    They are at war with us whether we choose to recognize it or not and that war is a universally accepted necessity from the vantage point of the Ummah which is governed by conscience, which is seared by the teachings of Allah, through the Koran.
    Just because we have 3 million, presumably "peaceful/moderate" Muslims living here, sort of "trapped" by our infidel constitution does nothing to mitigate that truth. They are pragmatic and doctrinally so. It pleases Allah that they wait for the appointed time. In the meantime; those in other parts of the world not saddled with these encumbrances, march to the fore-front of the battle.

    They cannot be reasoned with, bought off or even surrendered to without our willingness to (1) submit to Allah or (2) be prepared to die. There is no other way.

    Another mistake that is a natural child of our stubborn refusal to recognize the problem is that this "war" is merely, one more operation, in a larger conflict. Nothing will be decided by any conclusion to this "adventure" in Afghanistan. The war will continue until the advent of the Mahdi (Islamic Savior). This will of course bring in the Dajjal (Islamic Anit-Christ).


    Iranian Clerics believe this generation has the responsibility to place events in motion that will in fact bring about those final years. It is important to note that the Dajjal, is Jewish.

    Exactly what do our fine leaders think they can gain by placating a zealous gaggle of 7th century demon worshipers who believe it is better to die fighting and be guaranteed heaven than to agree to peace - any peace?

    One thing that makes the Muslim similar to us is that they are human and have a pain threshold. Deliver enough pain though the ultimate destruction of their forces, families, edifices, government, farmland, water ways, infrastructure, destruction of their food sources, annihilation of their culture and even the pious, true soldier of Allah will eventually wince.

    Of course; we need to have the courage to do that...and we don't! We once did; but that was 70 years ago, when men understood the concept of moral authority. Of course in order to even understand that concept you have to have chosen to recognize the presence of a God who has delivered a moral imperative on all of our lives. We did such a good job of erasing God from the American psyche, however, that we are now free to defy our consciences and any vestige of belief that people have a right to defend themselves. To the average American and, apparently the vast majority of politicians, the Muslim is more worthy of life, than the average American - especially if they wear a uniform.



  5. Jefferson sent the new Marines -Shores of Tripoli - and Madison finished the job-
    from one of my first blog posts:

    Monday, August 18, 2008
    Paying Tribute IS NOT the Way of the USA!
    President Madison-sent the fleet to finish the job that Jefferson had started against the Barbary pirates.

    "It is a settled policy of America that as peace is better than war, war is better than tribute.
    The United States, while they wish for war with no nation, will buy peace with none."

    John- nothing has changed-

  6. nothing has changed- we are still fighting the same enemy- only w/ PC Rules---