In Afghanistan, America wages anti-war—war designed to kill and cripple our own men for the sake of our enemies
As head of U.S. troops in Afghanistan a year ago, Gen. David Petraeus issued an order in pursuance of his concept of counterinsurgency (“winning hearts and minds”) warfare: “Walk. Stop by, don’t drive by. Patrol on foot whenever possible and engage the population.” The result, reports Diana West, has been a large increase in the number of “dismounted complex blast injuries” suffered by our soldiers. This type of injury is defined as “an injury caused by an explosion occurring to a Service Member while dismounted in a combat theater that results in amputation of at least one lower extremity at the knee or above, with either amputation or severe injury to the opposite lower limb, combined with pelvic, abdominal or urogenital injury.”
Translation: American soldiers are losing their feet, their testicles, their penises, their bladders, their legs, their lives, in ever-increasing numbers, because the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan is to “earn the trust of the Afghan people,” a fantasy goal which is supposedly accomplished by exposing our unprotected men to improvised explosive devices as they walk along the hills and roads of that God forsaken country. Liberalism—the belief that all people are basically like us or can be readily made to be like us—brings our enemies en masse to our country, where they kill us and attempt to kill us, and sends us (i.e., our soldiers) like lambs into the midst of our enemies’ countries, where they kill, maim, and cripple us.
Yet there is still no real debate about our Afghanistan policy. Not a single major Republican politician or presidential candidate questions the premise underlying the policy, that it is within our power to stabilize, democratize, and make viable that primitive Muslim hellhole. Turning reality on its head, the Republicans see our hopeless self-sacrificial quest there as patriotic—even as the epitome of conservatism. Hah. At least the passive, sheep-like Eloi in H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine had no illusions about the fact that they were Eloi. We are worse. We are Eloi who imagine ourselves to be tough minded patriots, even as we send our men to die and be mutilated in order to “earn the trust” of people who are commanded by their god to hate and kill us until the end of time.
Thomas Bertonneau writes:
Regarding the misguided wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Islamic Middle East and Central Asia—Michael writes:
Speaking from the perspective of a member of the units that disarm IEDs, the phrase has a distinct meaning. Within the military community the term IEDs has been used for at least 30 years to describe a certain type of device. I would agree the term is not for public consumption. It is akin to the use of medical terms by the general population. The vernacular used to describe IEDs is roadside bombs. While that phrase may have meaning to the general public it is not precise enough to describe the device to someone who is busy disarming them.