August 19, 2008

Surging Towards Afghanistan-Bananistan

NEXTWARTEE.jpgObamocrats should be pleased with this war news: Pentagon Plans to Send More Than 12,000 Additional Troops to Afghanistan - US News and World Report "And there may be even more to come."

But if you think this is a "surge" you couldn't be more wrong, according to Gen. David McKiernan, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan,

He disputes the notion that the three brigades on the way represent a troop "surge" for Afghanistan, predicting the need for an extended involvement of a larger force. "I've certainly said that we need more security capabilities," he says. "But I would not use the term 'surge,' because I think we need a sustained presence."
Well, you can't say that [some] general officers aren't political creatures given to blunt talk. [Corrected as per Sensing's comment.]

So the non-surges surges towards Afghanistan as Pakistan shambles towards a sharia, terrorist controlled state, and the Obamacrats continually insist that Afghanistan is "the real war." Or at least they will until the US is fully surged in and engaged.

At that point the now free-floating quagmire (last seen a couple of year ago in Iraq) will come plummeting down on Afghanistan and it will become, overnight, the "wrong war."

At that point, the new, improved battlecry will be to "Retreat to Bananistan!"

Depend upon it.

Posted by Vanderleun at August 19, 2008 3:25 PM
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I worked with GEN McKiernan when he was a major and I was a captain. He was the operations officer, S3, of 1st Brigade, 3d Armored Division in Germany at the time, 1984-85. I was the brigade fire support officer. I knew back then he would become a general officer. Really one of the best officers I ever worked with. Very smart and results-oriented.

In defense of his statement, I think he is pointing out that the new, 20K troops are not a "surge" because that new, elevated force level will have a longevity to it that the Surge in Iraq was never intended to have. What he's really saying is not that he needs 20K more troops now, but that he's needed them all along.

That's no political talk but blunt speech, even if "inartfully" expressed.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at August 19, 2008 6:39 PM

Noted and corrected.

Posted by: vanderleun at August 19, 2008 7:31 PM

In defense of the pontificating class, if all you deal with on a daily basis are the manipulative and self important, you tend to start thinking everybody is like that.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at August 20, 2008 1:05 AM


Is that a Dortmunder reference?

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at August 20, 2008 6:45 AM

Yes it is! Extra points for picking up on that reference.

Posted by: vanderleun at August 20, 2008 6:49 AM

Some General Officers are given to blunt talk. Gen. Mattis of the Marines and Gen. Honore of the Army are known examples.

And that should be encouraged.

P.S. - I like using Absurdistan and Revoltia - upper, lower, eastern, western. Sort of like the old 'Ruritania'.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at August 20, 2008 2:51 PM