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The Pentagon Is Really Ramping Up The High Quality Bullsh*t About Afghanistan
The flaks in the Pentagon's press office seem to be working overtime to convince you that everything is fine, remain calm over in the dumpster fire that is the War in Afghanistan.
Exhibit A comes from a Defense.gov story from a few days ago:
That lead sentence certainly took my fucking breath away.
And then just one day later, "reporter" Jim Garamone, who works for the Pentagon's official DoD News, knocked out this even higher-quality bullshit from a forward operating base in Afghanistan.
The propaganda piece notes that "Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford told reporters traveling with him 'that from a military dimension, I am enthusiastic about the prospects for 2018.'"
Oh boy, you're right, Joe. If you look at the Afghan War purely from a military dimension, it really hasn't been a miserable failure for over a decade.
Speaking of Dunford, he testified last October alongside Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to the Senate Armed Services Committee, where they both argued that relaxed rules of engagement and an increase in airstrikes would help to do the trick.
I, for one, think we should definitely increase our bombing of North Vietna... I mean the Taliban.
And Dunford went on to tell a skeptical panel of congressional leaders that the U.S. military drew down in Afghanistan "too far and too fast" from a high of 100,000 troops in 2011 down to roughly 10,000 in 2016.
Apparently for Dunford, reducing the number of U.S. troops by about 18% each year over a five-year period seems to be at the speed of NASCAR. And the four-star general was intimately involved in that drawdown as the commander of the International Security Assistance Force there from 2013 to 2014.
"The Afghans no longer need much help fighting the Taliban — they can do that on their own," Dunford wrote in July 2014.
Now in 2018, perhaps we should let them handle things. From a military dimension.
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"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.
As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.
But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.
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