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The battle at Wanat, Aftghanistan…and the need for more troops……..

The Washington Post has a good piece on the battle for the small village of Wanat, in Afghanistan……it is graphic and pointed in its nature…..while you might get one conclusion from it…I think I get THE conclusion from it……

We need more troops…. And we need to be better…The story points to a strategy initiated by General Patreaus and followed on General McChrystal to embed troops out in the boonies with the population……..But without adequate reinforcements, intel, or manpower  the strategy is getting people killed……..

I also read a piece about how the armored vehicles developed for Iraq, and delivered to Afghanistan that are useless…..Again…more troops and being better…….

Now I’m sure those two Generals are aware of the troubles, and issues the young soldiers have ‘in country’….which is why I think General McCrystal isn’t gonna let up on his request for more troops, equipment and nation building in Afghanistan……

Again…..do it right Mr President, or send the troops home…..the soldiers, who put their lives on the line, deserve your support, and the best this country has……

Update:….another overrunning of an outpost with heavy causalities……and the beginnings of a rollback of General Patreaus’s counterinsurgency doctrine of embedding the troops in with the population…..due to too few forces…

October 4, 2009 - Posted by | Military, Politics | , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. James B, Obama might want to look how LBJ’s presidency was destroyed by the Vietnam War since Afghanistan is quickly becoming Barack’s Vietnam, with his approval ratings going down from the 80s to the 50s and the likelihood of Democrats losing 6 governorships (now Iowa since Branstad officially declared his intentions to seek 5th term), 17-34 House seats and 2 or 3 Senate seats, 2010 is NOT going to look for the party in power.

    I’m still holding out HOPE that Deeds keeps the VA Executive Mansion for the Democrats, if he falls short, look for US Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) or former State Del. Brian Moran (D-Alexandria) will get the governorship back in 2013 since McDonnell (if he wins) will FUCK everything up.

    or the twist would be United States Senator Jim Webb (D-Virginia) seeks the governorship in 2013.

    Kaine is likely going to be either Obama’s VP in 2012 or the Democratic Party’s standard bearer for the Presidency in 2016.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | October 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Ok….CD…that’s a lot…lets see what I can do……

    1) LBJ gave up and called it quits after a while….Obama is brand new…not the same dynamic….He has boxed himself in and McChyrstal has done a good job of giving him only option out……MORE TROOPS and SUPPORT for nation building…..

    2) The party taking the Presidency almost ALWAYS suffer loses in the off year elections….this time will be no different….most of those loses though will be local or state issues, not national trends contrary to what the media wants to make things look like……

    3) Deeds is in deep dog crap….The problem is HIM…..

    4) I believe that Obama will keep Biden for as long as he wants the job………

    Thanks for the drop in…come back soon…….

    Comment by jamesb101 | October 7, 2009 | Reply


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