Is NATO that stupid?

I have to wonder what elementary school drop-out is up at NATO running things and making decision? It does not take even a High-school diploma to figure out this is not a good idea or will turn out well.

Taliban militants, who have shunned violence, are being provided monthly cash incentive of £100, besides being given amnesty for all crimes such as murdering children, beheadings and hanging women.

“Members of the Taliban who give up their fight are being paid £100 a month and will be allowed to keep their guns in a new initiative to end the insurgency,” the Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.

Paying the Taliban not to fight is like giving a rapist free hookers so he doesn’t rape innocent women. Sure it will accomplish what you want in the short term, but over time it will become too expensive and you make them dependent on you.

Once we cut off the payments then they will go back to doing what they have to in order to survive, which means attacking us or the Government of Afghanistan. You cannot buy your way out of a problem like this.

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August was deadliest month, and Sept doesn’t look any better

The other day a story hit the wire about August being the deadliest month in Afghanistan since we went in there in October 2001.

August has become the deadliest month for U.S. troops in the nearly 10-year-old war in Afghanistan, where international forces have started to go home and let Afghan forces take charge of securing their country.

A record 66 U.S. troops have died so far this month, eclipsing the 65 killed in July 2010, according to a tally by The Associated Press.

This month’s death toll soared when 30 Americans – most of them elite Navy SEALs – were killed in a helicopter crash Aug. 6. They were aboard a Chinook shot down as it was flying in to help Army Rangers who had come under fire in Wardak province. It was the single deadliest incident of war being waged by Afghan and U.S.-led coalition forces and insurgents.

Read more at

http://www.military.com/news/article/august-is-deadliest-month-for-us-in-afghanistan.html

 

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Taliban showing they are still here and deadly

Hanging of an 8 year old boy, making another step on an IED, killing the Mayor of Kandahar and now this..

A team of three to six suicide bombers orchestrated a surprise attack Thursday on the government compound and two other compounds in the capital of southern Afghanistan’s Oruzgan Province, killing at least 19 people — including several women and children in a hospital maternity ward — and wounding at least 37, according to hospital officials there.

 

Read the whole story at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/world/asia/29afghan.html

A big mistake yet again

There is a well-known saying in Afghanistan: “You can rent an Afghan, but you can’t buy him.”

Yeah I have said that on here several times. It is a very common saying, and even though this may be true in Afghanistan, it does not mean we should be doing it.

The bill includes a Taliban reintegration provision under the Commander’s Emergency Response Program, which is now receiving $1.3 billion. CERP funding also is intended for humanitarian relief and reconstruction projects at commanders’ discretion. The buyout idea, according to the Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is to separate local Taliban from their leaders, replicating a program used to neutralize the insurgency against Americans in Iraq.

I have also said on this blog more times than I can remember that Afghanistan is not Iraq. Wasting our money renting the temporary loyalty of the Afghan man is a complete waste of money and resources that our country cannot afford to waste. This loyalty will only last as long as the money does and then the Afghan man will go back to giving his loyalty to the Taliban by virtue of being paid off or having his or his families’ lives threatened.

Even Nicholas Schmidle sees the fault in this mindset.

“So long as the Americans are keenly aware of this, you’re buying a very, very, very temporary allegiance,” he said. “If that’s the foundation for moving forward, it’s a shaky foundation.”

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/10/28/afghanistan.taliban.pay/index.html


An Effective Strategy, by the Taliban

So the other day the Taliban conveniently left out a code of conduct in some houses that our forces raided saying how they need to be more careful not to hurt or kill civilians.

Suicide attacks should be used only at high and important targets … Utmost efforts should be made to avoid civilian casualties…

 

Thankfully most outside of Afghanistan realize this is just a ploy on the ill-informed people of Afghanistan. I hope most inside Afghanistan don’t believe it because they are still operating under the normal modus operandi and there are several who are calling them out, like right here.

The booklet makes clear that Taliban forces should “try their best to avoid killing local people,” he noted. “Well, let me tell you that the reality on the ground doesn’t reflect this at all,” Tremblay said, noting that insurgents have killed 450 innocent Afghans and injured more than 1,000 others since January.

And in fact some in the supposed “Taliban” organization are going as far as saying that they will not disrupt the elections and will allow them to happen, but everyone is throwing the BS flag on this one.

Including some of their own people who have come out and stated they are focusing on the elections and how to disrupt them.

The quote below comes from the story here.

The Taliban urged Afghans on Thursday to stay away from the Aug. 20 elections, threatening to block the roads to polling stations and dismissing the balloting as an "American process."

Just this evening we are seeing reports of five rockets slamming into downtown Kabul at daybreak. Does that sound like a code of conduct to protect innocent civilians? No, because protecting innocent civilians goes into the face of what they are trying to accomplish. What the Taliban wants to do is to scare the civilian populous to think that the Afghanistan government and all of the coalition members combined cannot provide them safety and security. The Taliban wants to make the people think there is no safety, that having coalition members all over the place does no good, and that the Government has no control.

It is in their best interest to kill as many innocents as they can. It is also in their best interest to do as much as they can between now and August 20th to make the people of Afghanistan as afraid as possible from going to the polls. The Taliban are bullies, and the Afghan people are the pencil-necked little weakling that always gets shaken down for lunch money. If the weakling sees the bully on the sidewalk and if he knows that if he goes outside he will get beat up, then he won’t go outside.

If the Afghan people think there are IEDs, bombs and be-headings waiting for them if they try to vote, then they won’t vote. Overall it is a child-like mentality, but a very effective strategy.

It is one that we need to counter, but I am not sure how that can be done in time. Even if all the forces were focusing on getting ready for the elections and helping to protect the people, I am not sure we have enough troops there to do it. But to be honest, not all the forces are focusing on that. A large contingent of Marines, British and Afghan forces are engaged in some major battles and operations in the south. In the East most, if not all, coalition forces are looking for a soldier that is in the enemy’s custody. Yes, even though you have heard nothing else on the MSM about it lately, Bowe Bergdahl is still missing and still in the enemy’s control.