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A pointless post (but then, aren't they all?)

October 22nd, 2006 (10:01 pm)
tired

current mood: tired

The New York Times Magazine has a cover article this week on the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Our local paper was a bit ahead of the curve on this, since they published a series of articles titled "Afghanistan: The Forgotten War" about two years ago. It seems that Afghanistan was forgotten by most Americans not long after it began. I guess the cynic in me would say the government wanted that. Can you just imagine how much dirt about the Bush family would come to light if Osama bin Laden were ever actually captured?

Anyway, I haven't actually read the article--or much of anything else not written by John Grisham--today. So I can't really say much about it at this point. I've pretty much done nothing today. But hey, its cold, drizzly, and dreary outside, plus its a weekened. So I'm allowed, right?

OK, I take that back. I haven't done nothing today. I've written this totally pointless boring Livejournal post. So I guess the day isn't a total wash after all.

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Posted by: Twice the citizen, 85% the soldier (sun_tzu)
Posted at: October 24th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)

That's an interesting contrast to Canada, where Afghanistan is top of mind due to the rapid increase in casualty levels in Afghanistan this year, when the CF began more offensive operations in the south in the area of Kandahar province. Fighting in the Pashmul/Panjwayi area in particular has claimed several lives recently, and there's plenty of wounded too.

Posted by: Mike M. (sleepyaardvark)
Posted at: October 25th, 2006 12:45 am (UTC)

If only we had secured the whole country instead of just Kabul before rushing off on the next adventure...

Posted by: Twice the citizen, 85% the soldier (sun_tzu)
Posted at: October 25th, 2006 01:11 am (UTC)

My sentiments exactly. Of course, they should have skipped that other adventure entirely. By not finishing the job they've left a larger mess to be dealt with. The problem we're seeing here is the ignorant masses are being left to believe that the Americans have left Afghanistan altogether, and that the Afghan National Army isn't involved in the fighting, neither of which are the case.

Of course, a friend of mine who was injured when an A-10 fired on his position and killed the driver of his vehicle probably would have been okay, at that particular moment, with the Americans being gone.

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