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#1 However, Afghan security officials said they were an American colonel and major. Local media reports suggest the incident followed a "verbal clash".
Excuse me, but I feel like going out on the porch, leaning over the rail, and throwing up!
Posted by Besoeker 2012-02-25 10:30||
#2 Destroy every mosque during Friday prayers and then fight everyone that wants to stop us from leaving.
Posted by bman 2012-02-25 10:37||
#3 I agree with bman
Posted by 3dc 2012-02-25 12:03||
#4 I think that the Taliban have sensed weakness with the US apology. They are right. If we had deployed some of those microwave anti-riot devices they would just be peachy. But not having them, we will have to hose the murderous crowd or run away like frightened small animals.
Either way, the Taliban wins.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-02-25 12:06||
#5 Oh, and to do nothing, Obama's preferred strategy, will make things far worse.
Remember General Elphinstone. That sort of disaster is exactly what the Taliban want.
Posted by Anonymoose 2012-02-25 12:07||
#6 I say we take off, nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
Posted by Ripley 2012-02-25 13:51||
#7 I concur with the "scorched earth" approach. Then - "make the rubble bounce".
Posted by Lone Ranger 2012-02-25 13:55||
#8 I have supported the war in Afghanistan from the beginning. However, I have reached the point that I think we should get out ASAP. The Taliban will see this as a victory, since they "chased" us out.
However, I don't think it is possible to "win" in Afghanistan, even if we could define what "winning" is. On the other hand, we should probably warn Afghanistan and Pakistan that the next time we come back, we won't have any troops on the ground unless they are in radiation protective suits.
Posted by Rambler in Virginia 2012-02-25 14:36||
#9 Again its about defining winning. Winning is leaving the opponent in a position not to mess with you again. That could have been achieved by backing a tribe or a number of tribes to keep the others so engrossed in just maintaining their interests as to be ineffective in doing anything else but treading water.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-02-25 15:05||
#10 It may have little if anything to do with war in AFG or the holy book burning. It may have everything to do with Iranian or Pakistani intelligence and a well rehearsed professional hit by personnel wearing AFG Army uniforms using supressed Markarovs. We may never know about this one.