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  • ed

    baba T, the mother Jones link doesnt get you there. no big deal.. Did we really expect someone who voted 130 times to change? I love how we have taken the term “gutsy call” and made it a synonym for “no-brainer”.

    How is it the civillian FOB has weapons to protect itself? I thought they outlawed that stuff. One of these days you will reply to my email.. be safe.

  • I used this piece in my morning news synopsis. There’s a critique following:

    A firsthand from someone in-theatre, and a critique of the underlying semantic:

    [...]Most international guesthouses in Afghanistan meet the UN Minimum Occupational Safety Standards (UN MOSS) but Green Village far exceeds MOSS because its intended clientele is the US Government, not stingy tight wad NGO’s. Opened in 2008 the place has never stopped growing, always at 100% occupancy it has great food, a decent gym, racquetball courts, a bar, pool, and all sorts of kiosks selling local goods and other stuff. I don’t care for the place myself because its pre-fabricated, high-end feel combines everything that is wrong about our efforts and confines it in a small, artificially nice place. We have called it menopause manor for years because of the unending stream of reporting, generated by the residents, saying the Taliban is targeting them. This morning the Taliban were not able to talk their way past the gate guards so they blew their VBIED (babatim @ Free Range International][...]

    Remember folks… As horrible and against-their-own-interest it appears to be, overall, even horrid incidents like this play into the indigenous COUNTER-insurgent’s hands because the net effect is for the locals to further isolate themselves from the foreigners leaving the foreigners even more exposed to attack, or in bunkers.

    Indeed, the West has assuredly lost the war on Afghanistan, it’s people, and it’s culture.

    The people of Afghanistan will dry their eyes, heal their wounds, forgive their neighbors…

    But they will NEVER forgive US for being the ONLY ROOT CAUSATION of such horrible things as the caught-in-the-crossfire deaths of Afghan children going to school. Indeed such things would have never occurred without the ISAF’s presence.

    Source: http://archive.org/details/tth_120502-1

    • BrainforHire

      Ray,

      You are both correct and incorrect. Without the US in the region, children waiting to go to school wouldn’t be subjected to such violence because they wouldn’t be waiting to go to school.

      The Afghans will not forgive their neighbors; it isn’t in their way. Instead, they will begrudginly accept whatever peace is offered to them until a means for revenge is within their means.

      And, despite your assertion that the US is the root cause of all violence in the region, the fact remains that violence has been an underlying theme in Afghan history since the beginning of recorded time. Instead, the US had the opportunity to give the Afghans a shot at lasting peace and prosperity, and we took it. Unfortunately, we took it blindfolded by political correctness, off-balance from shaky leadership, and into the darkness created by overwhelming ignorance of Afghan culture.

      When politics, political correctness, and attention to propper PPE replaced “victory” as our objective, the battle was instantly and wholly lost.

      Some Afghans will certainly hate us for what we’ve done; maybe even most of them, depending on how the next few years shake out… but there will also be an abundance of Afghan citizens who remember the US as good-intentioned but inept, as optimistic but impatient.

      Much blood has been spilled in this war; we’ve done a disservice to the fallen for letting their sacrifices become in vain.

  • The Obama “Hello, I must be Going” tour. The speech in the hangar with the MRAPs in the backgroung reminded of the scenes of the Vogons in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The perfect metaphor.

    The most useless vehicles in Christendom. An empty hangar. And complete BS in the speech.

  • Rocky

    Good job Timmy.

  • B

    You don’t like MRAPs? I think they’re dandy for long drives on paved roads. Roomy in the back. My favorite, of course, is the uparmored Humvee GIB position-it’s basically the definition of big balla-but the MRAP is not too bad. Of course, trying to go off road or in a city is a mess, but they have their niches.

  • RJ

    As you and your buds put Kleenex to your noses and eyes, we at home American citizens walk about worried over gas prices, food costs, and lost potential…where is this country you talk about?

    Just what else did you expect from these clowns we elected? What have I been writing these years in my posts?

    The real insult is when you look at your fellow warriors and realize that we are all alone besides that “lip service” given via those who seek something…like political power.

    Time to bring back the draft boys and girls…and remember to make sure all those kids of our elected politicians get to wear a real American military uniform and be subjected to being “called up” during their time of service.

    Gutsy call…yea, our marxist pres has big balls…all mean and virile.

    Joe Biden’s on point…feel safe? Obama does, that’s for sure…

    Now, just where is he? Karzai already has his bug out plans in place…too! Remember, we elected these people…

  • [...] For more scoop on this Green Village attack, Tim over at Free Range International wrote up a post about it. Check it out here. [...]

  • Bill

    Ed, legal it is. Just like armed guards in the states, people there are allowed to carry weapons if the correct paperwork has been filled out.

    Razer Ray, first off I’d like to thank you for being brave enough to post a comment. Obviously you’ve never been to Afghanistan, for if you had you would know that ISAF is anything but the “ONLY ROOT CAUSATION of such horrible things”. With this logic you could say “Americans caused 9/11, if we all would have given up our way of life and lived Islamic law those poor “freedom fighters” wouldn’t have had to kill thousands of Americans”. Some things are worth standing up for, though I fear you will never know what those things are.

    RJ, It is a sad day when a citizen looks to its countries leaders and say “give me, give me, why can’t you hand me a high paying job?” Once upon a time people made their own way though life. They acquired skills that were pertinent to the market and they literally made there own way. Sadly you are right when you say “where is this country you talk about?” for our nation is slowly losing its patriotism, its sense of unity and hard work. It brakes my heart to hear that you are in our armed forces. You know nothing of the code real Soldiers live by.

    Finally, thank you to the author. Though I don’t agree with all of your points, the article was well written and insightful.

    • RJ

      Bill:

      “It brakes my heart to hear that you are in our armed forces. You know nothing of the code real Soldiers live by.”

      What in the Hell are you talking about? Your perspective is at best less than 60 degrees.

      My comments in the above post were directed to those who are in our military suggesting that we have been undermined by our political leaders and have lost the direct support of America’s working citizens through ignorance in choosing our elected, national representatives.

      How you can extrapolate from there to conclude I am presently in our armed forces, and then further to state my ignorance of a “code real Soldiers live by” escapes me.

      Perhaps you are a State Department employee working on “social justice” (nee Peace Corps) somewhere overseas and have injested too much local weed to note your sense of reality just might be distorted.

      I have had many encounters with those (now silver haired) educators and politicians who have done their work ever since they shouted “Hell no, we won’t go” to whoever would listen, all of which has resulted in two wars taking more than 10 years with no “victory” in sight…nor intended.

      My generation is one contaminated with a malignant narcissism run rampant.

      Take a walk with me at my local VA hospital and then again suggest I know nothing of a “Soldier’s code” bright boy!

  • [...] For more scoop on this Green Village attack, Tim over at Free Range International wrote up a post about it. Check it out here. [...]

  • Ayup.

    We can hear the flushing sound from here.

    The only real question in the script is who will star in the Bob Roberts/Boris Gromov role when the toilet lid slams down.

    RE
    RUNS,
    R

  • Alfian Den

    Weird! Extremely ghastly deed!! The violence of war is affecting the civil citizen and the kids, too what is absolutely not supported. The government should ensure the safety of common people and of course should stop the terrorism initially. Hope authority will conscious to stop the tragedy. Good luck.
    http://www.justuno.com/

  • Alexander

    I’m a student at MIT, and I’m working with my professor, Mark Jarzombek (web.mit.edu/mmj4/www/) on a book on global architecture. I’m interested in this photograph of yours to use in our book: http://h1cc.net/~babatim/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/irrigation-rig.jpg. It may seem strange that we want a photograph of a dam, but Mark really likes this photo. The photo will be used in a survey history of art and architecture, and you would receive full attribution. I’m not sure yet how many copies will be printed, maybe a run of 8,000 or something like that – global distribution. If you are interested, please email me at ahw@mit.edu.

    Best,
    Alexander