October 14, 2013
Fourth Insider Attack this Month Kills US Soldier
If I understand the post-2014 "withdraw" plan correctly, we actually aren't leaving. Instead, we'll be there training Afghans and in other support roles. So, we're talking about more contact between US servicemen and women with Afghan troops.
How, exactly, is that supposed to make me feel better when this sh*t keeps happening?
A man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot at US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least one serviceman on Sunday, local officials and the Nato-led coalition said.H/T: Rantburg
The so-called “insider attack” in Paktika province is the fourth in less than a month and is likely to strain already tense ties between coalition troops and their allies, with most foreign troops scheduled to withdraw by the end of next year.
The bad news is that Sec. of State Kerry seems to have worked out the kinks with Karzai so that we'll be stuck in Afghanistan forever. The analogy with Japan or Germany is a bad one. I know we've been in those countries for well over half a century, the differences are too many to mention but let me address two. First, Germany and Japan were nation states before we occupied them. Afghanistan is a state, but not a nation. Second, Germany and Japan had functioning governments before they were occupied. Afghanistan has never had anything like a government in the modern sense. We weren't engaged in state building in these two countries post WWII, we were engaged in state rebuilding.
The crux being that with or without us Afghanistan will be a mess.