Saturday, September 22, 2012
We are accomplishing our goals?
“U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the last of the 33,000 "surge" troops that President Obama dispatched to Afghanistan have left the country, leaving 68,000 American forces to fight the war. Panetta argued that the surge had accomplished its goals of reversing the Taliban's momentum and building up the Afghan security forces.” What a far cry from the announcement of withdrawal of ‘surge’ troops in Iraq. At least the world was quiet after the Iraqi drawdown. Today, the Muslim world is on fire. And we are winning? WRONG. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan drew in massive amounts of enemy personnel and resources to wage war against a conventional army. Irregular units do not match up well against mechanized units, particularly in the desert which is the ideal environment for us. The drain of attrition is now much lower for our enemies. The re-deployment of their forces and resources are now being seen throughout the region. And U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta thinks that we are accomplishing our goals? We are losing the war. It is only a matter of time before WMD enters the picture. Then the wars in the Middle East will be seen as the prelude that they are.