Sunday, May 23, 2010

No Plan A, either

From the Washington Post and Karen de Young on the Kandahar plan.

"The Obama administration's campaign to drive the Taliban out of Afghanistan's second-largest city is a go-for-broke move that even its authors are unsure will succeed. The bet is that the Kandahar operation, backed by thousands of U.S. troops and billions of dollars, will break the mystique and morale of the insurgents, turn the tide of the war and validate the administration's Afghanistan strategy.

There is no Plan B."
I'm not sure there was a plan A either.

This is going to be horrible.


  1. The whole M/O was [control through chaos] that failed.
    Then they went to [creative destruction] that failed.
    They knew from the beginning that [clear-hold- build] would never work. It has never worked through out history.
    An invader that does not leave is an occupier.
    No occupation, no insurgency.
    There is no plan B, because there is no way of ever declaring victory.
    They will have to develop a plan C.
    This is where they save face, declare victory, and leave.
    Problem is they do not want to ever leave.
    Afghanistan is a choke point for the West.
    A staging area, boots on the ground to contain, and or attack any surrounding countries. Shillary and Holbrooke will never broker a peace with the Taliban.
    Plan B should be to get these war hawks out of the region first.

  2. Yes, RZ. I've heard that insanity can be defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. These people must be nuts.

    They don't care about the dead civilians, the dead soldiers, the destroyed families, the lost opportunities that war wipes out, the bankrupt countries. It's as if it's all unreal. Either that or they simply don't care.

    Stephen Harper, our dear leader, said today that the attack on the Kandahar base yesterday was a reminder that Canadian soldiers are always in danger in Afghanistan. I think most of us know that. We wonder how he could be so unmoved by it.

  3. Our leaders are psychopaths. They have no soul.

    Soon they will be fighting each other to see who gets out first.
    But first they must save political face.

  4. There never was a strategy other than day to day muddling along and whistling for a wind. The sound of whistling is still very loud around Kandahar as they continue to try obfuscate the fact that they having been wreaking their chaos for nine years.


    any thoughts?

  6. RZ - re the non-existent gold, I must say that it's the first I've heard of it. I know that a lot of people are buying gold, that is, gold on paper as a precaution against stocks, bonds, and maybe even banks, going belly-up. Reading that link you posted sheds some light on a headline I read the other day that said gold producers were having trouble keeping up with demand from purchasers.

    I will do some research.