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Afghaninam

That awful grinding noise you're hearing is our progress in Afghanistan coming to a halt and the sound of palm trees and rice paddies sprouting from the Afghan soil.

It started with a request for reinforcements that went unanswered for months.

It sped up when Navy SEALs were brought up on charges because they gave a captured terrorist a fat lip.

Now we're second guessing commanders and punishing them if a mission under their command is unsuccessful. Batallion commanders, company commanders, and platoon leaders all are getting the message loud and clear: take no risks whatsoever. Better to avoid contact than to take the chance that something may go wrong. Imagine if we had fought World War II this way. There would have been no MacArthurs, no Pattons, no LeMays, no Battle of Midway, no Battle of the Bulge, no D-Day.

When you're receiving fire from both the front and the rear, the natural thing to do is dig the foxhole deeper. No risk and no initiative means you're fighting a defensive war on the enemy's terms, where your goal becomes force protection. This is what turns wars into quagmires.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/04/AR201002...

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expatriate wrote:
When you're receiving fire from both the front and the rear, the natural thing to do is dig the foxhole deeper. No risk and no initiative means you're fighting a defensive war on the enemy's terms, where your goal becomes force protection. This is what turns wars into quagmires.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/04/AR2010020404752_pf.html

Sound a bit like the Russian Army during the early years of WWII.

I'm not exactly sure what is going through the minds of your political leaders these days, or if anything is going through their minds. This whole war on terror has become worse than our police-action in Vietnam. We've watch innocent civilians jump 92 floors to their death on live TV to escape the burning Trade Center towers all because muslim extreamists declared war on the world. Many of us watch video of innocent civilians savagely decapitade at the hands of muslim extreamists who have declared war on the world. Some how I'm still not sure the public really gets it. Don't people understand what lays ahead for us if we don't exterminate the enemy now??? Maybe we need to close quarentine a town like Boulder, Colorado or Berkely, California, or Ashland, Oregon or any other left wing city and allow the Taliban to take over for a few months. Lets see if these peace loving bleeding heart liberals can accept their new lives under the Taliban. They won't like it, and then maybe they will underastand our need to allow the US Military to do whatever it takes to eliminate the enemy. I guess they just don't make people like Gen. Cutis LeMay anymore.