As NATO Rebrands Kandahar Invasion, Residents Express Concern
Having spent months touting its upcoming Kandahar “offensive” to the world as the centerpiece of their 2010 plans for the ongoing Afghan War, NATO has decided that “offensive” doesn’t sound very good, and has reported decided to rebrand the invasion as a “process” or conversely a “series of efforts.”The Kandahar Process. It sounds like a chemical process.
Or maybe a reverse Philosopher's Stone which turns gold into lead.
As for the Kandahar Series of Efforts - nope. Won't fly.
“More foreign troops means more attacks and more dead civilians,” noted Khan Mohammed, a car dealer in Kandahar, adding that NATO should “open their eyes and realize they can’t beat the Taliban through military means.”Will somebody take this guy and make him King, please? He seems to have a firm grip on the situation.
And, after nearly a year under McChrystal's command, every month from July 2009 onward (he took command in mid-June 2009) had more casualties than any other of the same months since the beginning of this "war". How, in anybody's reckoning, does this look like success?
As I write this, the casualty count for 2010 is 185, almost as many as all of 2006 at 191. Numbers have been going up exponentially year after year.
And, of course, there's this to look forward to.
Attacks signal end of poppy harvest in Afghanistan
Once the crop's in, the guns and bombs come out.