From Free Range International by babatim -
Much has transpired since my visit to Zaranj last month. I learned just this morning that the Surge apparently did not work and we are now, according to our esteemed Secretary of State, switching tactics too. The new counterinsurgency tactic will be “Fight, Talk, Build” and if you have no idea what those words could possibly mean welcome to the club. ”Fight, Hold, Build” that I could understand, but the Fight, Talk part – that is a little hard to believe. It’s not like we haven’t been talking to the Pakistan Government, The ISI, President Karzai, The Afghanistan Government, The Taliban; Impostures of Taliban. We’ve been talking to everyone for years now and that seems, and maybe its just me, to have not gotten us very far at all. And now even the New York Times has (once again) caught up to Baba Tim on the opinion page wondering if maybe Pakistan might sort of maybe not be our friend after all.
And the optimism in my last post? Apparently misplaced; we are not reinforcing troops on the border but instead we are withdrawing them and turning the border forts over to the Afghans. Then there is this unfortunate topic; the firing of MajGen Peter Fuller for having the audacity to tell the truth about President Karzai and the Afghan government. (READ MORE)