As an overview for background to this post, please see Joel Pollack’s excellent piece at Breitbart. For critical commentary on where we were in our Middle East adventures prior to 2009 and where we are headed today, this is as good an analysis as anything you would get from any of the publications or think tanks of longstanding repute.
Here is an anecdote that shows the desperate attempts to massage the story towards ….some end or another: Following the attacks by the Taliban in Kabul over the weekend, your intrepid reporter Geraldo Rivera, of Fox News, interviewed many of the players on the scene over there. It was uncanny how uniform the responses to Geraldo’s leading questions were. Paraphrasing, Geraldo: “Do these random and largely unsuccessful attacks mean that the Taliban is (ha ha!) gaining strength or positioning itself to take over after the multinational force leaves, or to influence the local population to take their side?” Interviewee (civilian or military): ” Ha ha! No, Geraldo. Despite these coordinated (key word, look for it in the transcripts) attacks, everything is going swell and we are right on track for the mission to be a huge success.”
The obvious, yet unasked question: How is it possible, after all these years, for the Taliban to mount these attacks, successful or not, all over the country, and especially in the capital city?
To wind up the show, in a ridiculously bizarre performance which we were unable to secure from the web for placement here, Geraldo is seen encouraging his interpreter, standing at his side with a cell phone, to ask the party he is speaking to, purportedly a Taliban representative, just exactly what it is the Taliban thought they achieved by these attacks. During these exchanges, Geraldo comically barks and taunts into the cell phone, telling the Taliban, as the interpreter is frantically trying to translate, something to the effect of “You got nothing! Ha ha! You didn’t kill any Americans. Ha ha!”
Well, as we said, it was a bizarre and comical episode, worthy of the Geraldo we all know and love. But once more, here is the obvious question: How is it that Geraldo’s faithful Afghani interpreter and the Talibani commandos in the next town, or down the street, or mixing in with the crowd of locals in the background, are so familiar as to have each other’s cell phone numbers? And of course, tracking cell phone records and locations is, we presume, out of the question. As are, you of course have heard, unannounced night raids by coalition forces per directive of one Hamid Kharzai.
And if that is seen as a trivial question, a trifling matter in this wonderful age of global communications we are in, how about this question: It is reported that the ammonium nitrate and other materials used in the making of the IED’s used to kill civilians and coalition forces in Afghanistan does not originate in Afghanistan, but is imported into the country by some means or another. So the question is, if the Taliban is on it’s last legs and is so inept, and the Afghan security forces are by golly just right around the corner from securing the country, how is the Taliban able to get possession of the munitions to continue carrying out these IED and other attacks, which do kill Americans. Why doesn’t Geraldo, or some intrepid Congressman, ask that question?
Perhaps the most perplexing question of all is, after Vietnam, for God Almighty’s sake after Vietnam, and all the damning and damnable questions that were asked during that epic and agonizing time in our history, how is it that no one has the gumption to ask even the easy questions, the obvious questions in this modern age of instant communications and instant messaging? Or is it just that the only ones allowed to ask the questions in these modern times are the peace-loving, left-wing, anti-American , isolationist nincompoop products of the post-Vietnam era, slavishly bent on excusing Barack Obama of culpability in the sorry state Afghanistan is about to fall into once Obama keeps his promise to the enemy to remove our troops by the specified date, if not before. What category Geraldo fits in, we’re not sure, but nobody’s asking the tough questions these days, and these items keep appearing on our web pages. Americans being killed? Oh, yes, Geraldo, they’re still being killed.