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Excuse Us for Asking Obvious Questions

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Heh. It’s not us pukes out in America who need to be worried about asking questions, it is the Congress of the United States who had better START asking questions. There is a large body of thought that says the Vietnam War was won and our Congress was intimidated into defunding it and the rest is history. What the administration does, wants to do or tries to do is one thing. To do it without examination is another. The press CAN be forced to cover things. Lyndon Johnson was a Democrat.

    We had Iran surrounded, and now we don’t. All this clamoring about the Bush team and “nation building” is off the mark. They weren’t building nations and they knew it. They were protecting America, and Israel.

  2. The troops are given “the Army Message” much like the DNC sends out its talking points. The hope is that Soldiers can find their own way of communicating the preferred points to the reporters. They’re probably given stats and figures to support the talking points and have their own on-the-ground experiences to back them up. Right or wrong there are just some things you don’t say, not if you want to serve out your enlistment in relative peace and quiet. They still have KP you know. I’d rather be shot at than do KP for 18 hours a day.

    As to your other questions… We haven’t been fighting the war, we’re namby-pambying it. Where was the wailing and gnashing of teeth when the 8th Air Force burned Dresden? Do you think the Soldiers and Marines training to seize a beachhead on Japan were worried about the casualties in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Sherman burned Atlanta and left a trail of devastation and starvation across Georgia, the Carolinas into Virginia where he linked up with Grant near Appomattox Courthouse. Do you think the reports of his march had any effect on Lee’s decision to surrender without urging his Army to break up and fight a guerrilla war, as he was told to do by his superiors? War is hell, Soldiers have known this since the times of Gilgamesh. Civilians used to know, now they pretend it isn’t and are shocked when they get caught in a cross-fire or hit by shrapnel. Wars aren’t won by being nice, never have been, never will.

  1. Heh. It’s not us pukes out in America who need to be worried about asking questions, it is the Congress of the United States who had better START asking questions. There is a large body of thought that says the Vietnam War was won and our Congress was intimidated into defunding it and the rest is history. What the administration does, wants to do or tries to do is one thing. To do it without examination is another. The press CAN be forced to cover things. Lyndon Johnson was a Democrat.

    We had Iran surrounded, and now we don’t. All this clamoring about the Bush team and “nation building” is off the mark. They weren’t building nations and they knew it. They were protecting America, and Israel.

  2. The troops are given “the Army Message” much like the DNC sends out its talking points. The hope is that Soldiers can find their own way of communicating the preferred points to the reporters. They’re probably given stats and figures to support the talking points and have their own on-the-ground experiences to back them up. Right or wrong there are just some things you don’t say, not if you want to serve out your enlistment in relative peace and quiet. They still have KP you know. I’d rather be shot at than do KP for 18 hours a day.

    As to your other questions… We haven’t been fighting the war, we’re namby-pambying it. Where was the wailing and gnashing of teeth when the 8th Air Force burned Dresden? Do you think the Soldiers and Marines training to seize a beachhead on Japan were worried about the casualties in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Sherman burned Atlanta and left a trail of devastation and starvation across Georgia, the Carolinas into Virginia where he linked up with Grant near Appomattox Courthouse. Do you think the reports of his march had any effect on Lee’s decision to surrender without urging his Army to break up and fight a guerrilla war, as he was told to do by his superiors? War is hell, Soldiers have known this since the times of Gilgamesh. Civilians used to know, now they pretend it isn’t and are shocked when they get caught in a cross-fire or hit by shrapnel. Wars aren’t won by being nice, never have been, never will.

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