Wraps come off special operations Afghan war plan
WASHINGTON (AP) – Adm. Bill McRaven, the head of U.S. special operations, is mapping out a potential Afghanistan war plan that would replace thousands of U.S. troops with small special operations teams paired with Afghans to help an inexperienced Afghan force withstand a Taliban onslaught as U.S. troops withdraw.
While the overall campaign would still be led by conventional military, the handfuls of special operators would become the leading force to help Afghans secure the large tracts of territory won in more than a decade of U.S. combat. They would give the Afghans practical advice on how to repel attacks, intelligence to help spot the enemy and communications to help call for U.S. air support if overwhelmed by a superior force.
If approved by the administration, the pared-down structure could become the enduring force that Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak indicated Tuesday at the Pentagon that his country needs, possibly long after the U.S. drawdown date of 2014.
McRaven’s proposal amounts to a slimmed-down counterinsurgency strategy aimed at protecting the Afghan population as well as hunting the Taliban and al-Qaida. It’s not the counterterrorist plan advanced by Vice President Joe Biden, which would leave Afghan forces to fend for themselves while keeping U.S. special operators in protected bases from which they could hunt terrorists with minimum risk, according to a senior special operations official reached this week.
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Wraps come off special operations Afghan war plan
Why did we go to Afghanistan? Was it for some BS slogan like *Operation Afghan Freedom*? No, we went to Afghanistan to exact revenge on the Taliban and Osama bin Laden for the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
OK, lets take stock here:
1. We kicked the Taliban a new ass, right up until the time that George W. Bush decided it was a good thing to traipse off to Iraq and play kick the dictator with Saddam Hussein, thus that REAL catchy phrase, Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2. We’re several years down the road and finally, Osama bin Laden is dead, or, he is at the very least, assumed to be dead.
Wouldn’t that truly be MISSION ACCOMPLISHED? Wasn’t that the major goals we had in mind going in to Afghanistan?
So, one of you great military strategists tell me again; WHY are we still in Afghanistan?
To combat the Taliban and al-Qaida is NOT the correct answer either. If that were the case, if we really were taking it to the Taliban and al-Qaida, we’d have something going on that looked like a WAR.
What we have in Afghanistan now is a *cluster*, and troops that are being forced to fight with their hands tied behind their backs, forced to fight under the most ridiculous Rules of Engagement our troops have ever faced. So, don’t even TRY to tell me it’s all about the *battle* and the freedom of the Afghans, or about the safety of America.
If it was about the safety of America we’d be kicking Islamic Jihadists asses right here in America, or we’d be securing our borders and protecting this nation as we should.
Thousands of U.S. troops could remain in harm’s way well after the end of combat operations in 2014, tasked with helping Afghans protect territory won by U.S. forces.
My Arabic is a bit rusty, help me out here, does the word Afghanistan somehow translate to Vietnam in some other language? 😕
I’ll let you think about that one for a bit.
The special operations proposal was sketched out at special operations headquarters in Tampa, Fla., in mid-February, with Central Command’s Gen. James Mattis and overall Afghanistan war commander Gen. John Allen taking part, according to several high-level special operations officials and other U.S. officials involved in the war planning. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposal has not yet been presented to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta or the White House.
Here we go with that spoke on condition of anonymity thing again.
You know, I remember a time when Top Secret and Op/Sec actually meant something. Now a days all it means is ‘OK guys, I have the story, and I’ll give you the scoop on it too, but whatever you do, don’t use MY name…‘ and I seem to remember a time when people that did such could actually be stood against a wall and shot for treason.
Ah … the good old days.
“This is the least bad option,” said retired Marine Col. T.X. Hammes, senior fellow at the National Defense University and longtime critic of the U.S. counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan. “It’s probably the smartest thing we could do to keep the Afghan government functioning long enough to safely withdraw.”
And that may be the only reason to do anything FOR Afghanistan, do it just long enough to get OUR guys out. Once they are out we then use satellite Intel and aerial reconnaissance to keep up on what’s going on and IF a viable threat to THIS nation rears its ugly head, bomb the holy crap out of it.
You can read the rest of this nonsensical BS from the Dept. of Defense if you like, it’s mostly doublespeak and gobbledygook. The DoD and CIA are really good at that, and all the while Spec/Ops guys will be hanging out in remote areas, surrounded by large numbers of enemy forces while trying to train a bunch of Afghan warriors that will shot them in the back of the head at the earliest opportunity.
Hell of a way to fight a war. I know our troops are really appreciating us for it too.