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Ear to the Ground

Top General Denies Saying Taliban Is Winning

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Posted on Aug 10, 2009
U.S. Navy / MC1 Molly Burgess

The Wall Street Journal claims the top American commander in Afghanistan stated that the Taliban has “gained the upper hand,” forcing a change in U.S. strategy. However, Gen. Stanley McChrystal says the paper mischaracterized his comments and he never meant to suggest that the Taliban is “winning.”

Wall Street Journal:

The Taliban have gained the upper hand in Afghanistan, the top American commander there said, forcing the U.S. to change its strategy in the eight-year-old conflict by increasing the number of troops in heavily populated areas like the volatile southern city of Kandahar, the insurgency’s spiritual home.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal warned that means U.S. casualties, already running at record levels, will remain high for months to come.

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By Hulk2008, August 10, 2009 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment

Why is the media so shocked when a general says the obvious?  Generals are the ultimate end of a process that hand-picks them, educates and grooms them to think and act a certain way, and rewards them for carrying out the most obvious mission a soldier can be given - to fight the enemy and fight for “survival” (aka never-ending war).  If a general doesn’t ask for more troops and to expand his mission, he/she will be deemed a failure. 

If the Special Forces had been allowed to complete their search-and-destroy mission to get Bin Laden instead of expanding into Iraq, the US could have pulled out years ago - and let the phony democracy chips fall where they may. 

Remember the line from “Princess Bride” about being sucked into a land war in Asia ?  The generals do what generals are supposed to do - no matter how ill-advised it might be.

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By Folktruther, August 10, 2009 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment

there is no way that the US can win that war.  It differs from Iraq in that there is nothing whatever to win; no oil and no pipeline is now possible.  You could argue that organized criminal gangs have now merged with the US power structure and that the opium in now worth fighting over commercially, the price going up if the Taliban’s crops are destroyed.  The same strategy as in Columbia for cocaine.  and this might be true, since the drugs have been taken to be processed by military planes.

But the main power reason to keep fighting is to keep from losing until Obama runs for election next time.  A defeat or withdrawal would destroy American credibility as the leader of Nato, and would probably cost Obama the next election.  So basically the blood, torture and rape in Afghanistan has as its only purpose, drug money aside, the election of Obama next time.

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By samosamo, August 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm Link to this comment

What happened to al qaeda? Oh, wait that’s right, once these traitors in our military claim they have the upper hand on the taliban(didn’t they just recently say they had wiped out a big part of the taliban not too long ago and had em on the run?) then it will be the al qaeda will be resurging.

I forgot also, the drug lords will have a part in the continuing fight for truth, justice and the american way in their own turn with the taliban and al qaeda.

No doubt now that these type of american military charlatans have long since made american the EVIL EMPIRE.

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By garth, August 10, 2009 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

That’s what all these bozos say in the begiining of a war. “We’ve got a tough slog ahead.” or “It won’t be easy.”  Keep in mind that they’re talking about the mindless killing of innocent civilians.  They are sitting very comfortably.

I think it was 60 minutes that did a puff piece on this jerk, Gen’l Mullin, a few months ago.  We learned that he got up at 6 am and worked out. 
Well, there it is.  We should listen to this god-damned bum and go along with whatever he says because he gets up early in the morning. 
Well, I know a many people who are already at work at 6 am and their workout is heavy lifting, following orders, doing chores.
Give us a break from these wimps.  Let them work a few years and then report on them.

Sucker us into another endless war?  You god-damned coward!

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