Thursday, 20 September 2012
Organised Retreat Of Defeated Armies
Helmand is the largest of the 34 provinces of Afghanistan. It is the world's largest opium producing region and responsible for 75% of the world's total production. The NATO war has not reduced the production and some reports state that it has increased in recent years.
Since the attack on Camp Bastion in the past few days the GOC of ISAF and representatives of NATO decided to restrict operations with small Afghan forces to mitigate the threat of insider attacks. This means fewer boots on patrols and a shift in how the US-led coalition will now fight the war they are losing.
Earlier this year the US military stopped training about 1,000 members of the Afghan Local Police and US commanders have asked some troops to be 'guardian angels' who watch over their comrades in interactions with Afghan forces and even as they sleep. US officials also recently ordered American troops to carry loaded weapons at all times, even when they are on their bases.
On Tuesday Philip Hammond, the defence secretary, attempted to clarify the UK's approach to supporting Afghan troops following General Allen's (commander of ISAF) decision and he insisted that no major strategic change had been made in policy towards Afghan allies.
He also insisted that future UK joint patrols and mentoring would continue. I watched a little of Hammond's performance on Sky's Parliament channel and it was a pathetic attempt at bluff and bluster which only emphasised his ignorance of the latest strategy.
I will not reiterate my thoughts again about this disastrous war but suggest you read this article in Global Research. Like Iraq, it suggests the Afghan war has been fought on lies and deceptions and the planned withdrawal will be nothing more that an organised retreat of defeated armies. As if we didn't know. History is repeating itself in this far off land once again.