Monday, September 11, 2006

Things Are Not Going Well For America

These five articles show that things are not going well for America under Bush right now. The first article deals with the situation in Anbar province in Iraq, the largest province, which the military now says they've lost politically. No one there wants to deal with America, apparently. I wonder why.

Situation Called Dire in Anbar Province

Devlin offers a series of reasons for the situation, including a lack of U.S. and Iraqi troops, a problem that has dogged commanders since the fall of Baghdad more than three years ago, said people who have read it. These people said he reported that not only are military operations facing a stalemate, unable to extend and sustain security beyond the perimeters of their bases, but also local governments in the province have collapsed and the weak central government has almost no presence.

Who has been asking for more troops? Oh yeah, those so-called appeasers who dare question the wisdom of Mr. Rumsfeld.

Losing the War on Terror

This op-ed basically says that America is not adapting fast enough to face their enemy that is adapting far quicker to America's strategies. He is a Pakistani journalist.

Top Soldier Quits Over Grotesque Afghan War

THE former aide-de-camp to the commander of the British taskforce in southern Afghanistan has described the campaign in Helmand province as “a textbook case of how to screw up a counter-insurgency”.

“Having a big old fight is pointless and just making things worse,” said Captain Leo Docherty, of the Scots Guards, who became so disillusioned that he quit the army last month.

“All those people whose homes have been destroyed and sons killed are going to turn against the British,” he said. “It’s a pretty clear equation — if people are losing homes and poppy fields, they will go and fight. I certainly would.

“We’ve been grotesquely clumsy — we’ve said we’ll be different to the Americans who were bombing and strafing villages, then behaved exactly like them.”

I couldn't have said it better.

Mao and Stalin, Osama and Saddam

Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have compared the current conflict to the cold war, a decades-long struggle that was ideological and political in nature, though always with a military aspect. But if we're going to use history and learn from it, it is worrying that America is beginning to repeat one of the central strategic errors of the cold war: treating a fractious group of adversaries as a unified monolith.

At the outset of the cold war in 1949, a senior State Department official, Ware Adams, prepared a critique of America's evolving policy of containment. While accepting that international communism was a monolith and that diverse communist parties around the world shared aims and goals, Adams argued that Washington was playing into the Kremlin's hands by speaking of communism as a unified entity: "[Our policy] has endorsed Stalin's own thesis that all communists everywhere should be part of his monolith. By placing the United States against all communists everywhere it has tended to force them to become or remain part of the monolith." For example, the memo explained, "in China, the communists are somewhat pressed toward being friends of the Kremlin by the fact that they can never be friends of ours."
Al-Qaeda Finds Its Center of Gravity

Finally, this last article shows just how free Al-Qaeda is to roam around the mountainous regions of Pakistan, our bestest buddy in the "war on terror"---no wait, the war on evildoers, no wait, the war on Islamofascists.

Can the irony be any clearer? Al-Qaeda finds sanctuary in a country ruled by a dictator who has nuclear weapons and who has fought wars against his neighbors in the past. Not only that but this country was at the heart of the global black market for nuclear technology. No, this country was not Iraq, nor even Iran. It is Pakistan.


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