February 26, 2009
We’re Gonna Rock Their World

Once upon a time there was a Hundred Year’s War, one of my old history professors said. That was whittled down to a Thirty Year’s War, then a Nine Year’s War, then a Seven Year’s War, and then, finally, a Six-Day War. “So that’s progress,” he observed.

Since we’ve been in Afghanistan for over seven years now, you could say we’re backsliding with regard to the good professor’s standard of progress. And, of course, it’s going to get worse:

The United States is sending 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan. President Barack Obama said in a written statement that the increase was “necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan.”

The additional troops will arrive during the spring and summer and will bring the total number of American soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan to about 55,000, along with 32,000 non-U.S. NATO forces.

In Imperial Hubris: Why The West Is Losing The War On Terror, the author recounts a conversation between a Russian intelligence official and his CIA counterparts in September 2001 about our upcoming invasion of Afghanistan:

“With regret,” the Russian said, “I have to say that you are going to get the hell kicked out of you.” One of the Americans responded in words that will someday be found in a U.S. military study about its failed Afghan war. “We’re going to kill them,” the U.S. official asserted. “We’re going to put their heads on sticks. We’re going to rock their world.”
Seven years and counting.

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Posted by OHollern at February 26, 2009 07:15 PM
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Considering it has never been accomplished in all of recorded history seven years could hardly be considered a beginning. The patience of Job will be required to achieve this vindication of our hubris. The recording of this success will require colonization of another planet because there will be nothing left of this planet before it is accomplished. We should hurry with space exploration to locate a planet to house our historical archives of our victory over these wanna be warriors. Say what? They were warriors before humanity even knew the world was round or there was an America to be found. Well, then I would it is about time they were taught to heel. What this country needs is patience on a really grand scale.

Posted by: knowdoubt on February 27, 2009 6:38 AM

The new US military doctrine of urban warfare will be as successful as the urban guerilla theory. For different reasons, of course, but in both cases everything depends on who's side the non-combattants are on. And you hardly ever win their sympathy by killing them or their neighbours.

Posted by: Peter on February 27, 2009 6:43 AM
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