September 13, 2011

US Embassy, NATO Headquarters Attacked in Kabul

The US Embassy and NATO Headquarters in Kabul came under rocket attack in Kabu this afternoon (Kabul time). Many reporters are calling this a "sophisticated" or "complex" attack. But, if it's so sophisticated, how come no one in the embassy or at NATO Headquarters was killed?

I guess "sophisticated" has now been reduced to "two vans full of people who can't aim instead of one".

At least, that's how I'm reading the situation. Let's hope it stays that way.

New York Times:

Insurgents launched a complex assault against the American Embassy and the nearby NATO headquarters on Tuesday, pelting the heavily guarded compounds with rockets in an attack that raised new questions about the security of Afghanistan’s capital and the Westerners working there.

At least 10 explosions — apparently from rockets launched by militants — and waves of automatic weapons fire were reported amid the drone of sirens and English-language warnings telling Americans inside the embassy to take cover

Again, 10 explosions. This is complex? I mean, yeah, it's more complex than, say, two explosions. But 10? These are the people who once ruled most of Afghanistan. The best they muster is a coordinated attack of maybe a couple dozen people.

More:

Sediq Sediqi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said that two attackers had been killed, as had one policeman. At about 4 p.m. local time, three attackers were believed to be still fighting. Kerri Hannan, a spokeswoman for the American Embassy, said that no embassy personnel had been hurt.
Not only was no one killed, but no one was even hurt.

So, a failed attack in which the attackers are either dead or now surrounded and the takeaway is supposed to be ... what, exactly? That all is DOOMED?!?

Afghanistan is a war zone. What were you expecting?

The point of our strategy in Afghanistan isn't to turn it into the Switzerland of the Hindu Kush. No, it's to leave a government stable enough to fight off insurgencies with little outside help.

While its still up in the air whether or not that is feasible, remember that in 2007 - 2008 it was still up in the air whether the Iraq surge would work. And it has. Marvelously.

But Iraq is no Switzerland either. Terrorist attacks happen in Iraq almost every day. Just today 22 innocent civilians were murdered by Salaafi jihadists. And yet the surge still worked.

The point of the surge strategy isn't to remake a country in the image of the US. It's simply to make their problems their problems, and not ours.

22 innocents were killed in Iraq today. That is a tragedy. But it's a problem for Iraq to deal with, not us.

When we can say that about Afghanistan, then we have won this thing. I'm afraid though that the relatively small number of soldiers sent in under the Obama surge compromise won't be enough to win this thing anytime soon.

It doesn't mean we have lost, it just means that it will drag on needlessly longer.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:27 AM | Comments |