Sunday, September 26, 2021

Talking Points

 

“IED attacks in Afghanistan set record”

 

The eventual shape of the negotiating table in the upcoming surren    strategic maneuver by the US to beg the Taliban to listen to reason became a little clearer today with this news:

Attacks with makeshift bombs hit a record high of more than 16,000 in
Afghanistan in the past year, and the increasing harm they cause to Afghan
civilians indicates insurgents may lack strong leadership, military officials
say.

According to USA Today:

The number of improvised explosive devices that were cleared or detonated rose
to 16,554 from 15,225, an increase of 9%, according to data obtained by USA
TODAY. In 2009, total IED “events,” as they are known, came to 9,304.

16,000 IED’s in one year. Can you get your head around that number? That’s, roughly 45 a day….every day. So how do you process the above assumption that “the increasing harm they cause to Afghan civilians indicates insurgents may lack strong leadership, military officials say”?  A 9% increase in attacks means the enemy lacks leadership?  You process it this way:  It is increasingly likely that the negotiating table around which will sit the Taliban and the US will be in the shape of a crescent.

But until those talks begin, USA Today reminds us that this is the grim reality :

Insurgent reliance on IEDs as their No. 1 weapon meant a rise in concussions and
severe wounds to U.S. servicemembers who
have been operating on foot to root out Taliban fighters in remote areas

Translation: Ten years in and the enemy’s favorite weapon, the bomb, is more available to him than ever before and he is killing and wounding our soldiers with a flourish, and he has no qualms about “innocent civilians”, ” collateral damage”  or anything else.  He is fighting a war , all the gibberish about the’ insurgents lacking strong leadership’ to the contrary notwithstanding.   Meaning: the Peace Table will likely be in the shape of a crescent.

And why is all this happening? Well, because the insurgents just don’t have the good sense to listen to Mullah Omar, we are told:

The International Stability Assistance Force, which oversees coalition military operations, attributed the spike in civilian casualties to the increasing lack of control insurgent leaders have on their forces. “Despite orders from Mullah Omar to quit harming civilians, we saw increased use of IEDs harming Afghan adults and children,” Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings, an ISAF spokesman said, referring to Mohammed Omar, the leader of the Taliban.

That is the whole problem right there – these insurgents will just not pay close enough attention to our good friend and leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, to whom we will be surrend  addressing our requests as we sit around the crescent-shaped Peace Table, probably in Paris later this year.

Well, that and the fact that the US Department of Defense, the largest and most well-funded operation of its kind in the history of the world, under the capable leadership of Leon Panetta (and in fairness to Leon, this war has been going on for ten years), apparently is unable to stop the flow of the materials necessary for the making of at least 16,000 IED bombs  in a single year from Pakistan (previously we had been told Iran….whatever) into Afghanistan:

Pakistan is the source for 80% of the fertilizer-based homemade bombs in
Afghanistan, JIEDDO says. Those bombs cause 90% of U.S. casualties. Jones said
IEDs will continue to plague the coalition and civilians. “This is likely due to
the ability of insurgents to import IED materials, including triggering devices
and ammonium nitrate, from Pakistan,” he said.

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In the meantime, columnist Kathleen Parker has put her finger squarely on the most pressing issue of the day, one which must be addressed to assure the continuance of this great polity we call America –

Gingrich has insisted that throughout these dealings he was merely acting as a private concerned citizen, chatting up his colleagues about issues of mutual interest. This may well be the case, even within the legal definition of “lobbying,” but most people don’t get paid millions to shoot the bull over massively lucrative legislative initiatives.

The headline of the piece is “Gingrich Needs to Tell All”. Yes, the paramount question of our time –  the difference between lobbying and consulting – must be hashed out, laid bare and settled once and for all if America is ever to regain it’s stature and influence in the world. The campaign strategists trying to slow his surge agree, as do the debate moderators and most of the punditry across the land, always looking to Kathleen, and those of her ilk, as the “go to girl” in illuminating the  way forward. And of course Barack Obama and David Axelrod wholeheartedly agree – Newt needs to tell all.
In a way, we kind of agree with Kathleen.   Newt probably has a lot to tell, even if he is unsuccessful in his bid to become commander-in-chief. It could very well be that many of those now doing the ‘telling’ could be on the receiving end if somebody who was at the center of a lot of the fighting and infighting for close to thirty years chose to reciprocate.

But that’s perhaps for a later time.  Right now, everybody needs to stay on message on this lobbying and consulting and finding novel ways to make revenues meet outlays, stuff like that.  We’re sure that Kathleen and Barack and David will.
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In the meantime, there are rumors that out in the wilds of West Texas there is a leased hunting ranch that has a huge boulder sitting beside the front gate that has these words painted on it…………”Miss Me Yet?”

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  1. Let’s clean up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The “public-private partnerships” are nothing more than corporatism/fascism/licensed-monopolies set up as Democrat slush funds, and they serve to line the pockets of a lot more Democrats than they do Republicans. Plus they destroyed the economy once and are poised for a repeat. They do need to go, along with all the other quasi-governmental-organizations and quasi-non-governmental-organizations that support Democrat schemes and the leeches who scheme them with taxpayer money.

  1. Let’s clean up Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The “public-private partnerships” are nothing more than corporatism/fascism/licensed-monopolies set up as Democrat slush funds, and they serve to line the pockets of a lot more Democrats than they do Republicans. Plus they destroyed the economy once and are poised for a repeat. They do need to go, along with all the other quasi-governmental-organizations and quasi-non-governmental-organizations that support Democrat schemes and the leeches who scheme them with taxpayer money.

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