The loss of two Blackhawk helicopters and the deaths of almost 20 marines showed they had mistakenly planned a critical mission for a trivial one. Afghanistan which is a country they invaded to drive out the Taliban (which is hailed to be the terror organization that instigated the attacks of 9/11) in a war that defies western tactics. A people hardened by years of conflict with the Russians using some technology that they themselves supplied has proven to be hard to wipe out as they had planned. The cost of the war in Iraq is straining the resources of the United States, prompting them to call upon NATO, the European Union and the UN to provide resources for the continued war on the Taliban which no one seems to be winning. And now Iraq, which they have waged war upon twice ending in the capture of Saddam Hussein and the overthrow of his totalitarian military regime which was brutal to the bone. Current studies now show that there was no whatsoever link between Saddam’s Iraq and Al Qaeda which was their main battle cry for the main invasion of the country. The weapons of mass destruction they blamed, was the root of their attack on the country was nowhere to be found. Many accuse them of vested interests in their drive to go ahead with the invasion of Iraq, the first being justified by the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam’s forces.
Today, even the British and American forces in Afghanistan cry foul as their governments leave them to fend for themselves without the full support of their military whose focus has shifted to Iraq. British soldiers trying to defend ground they have fought and died for only to loose them the next day.
Originally posted on March 16, 2008 @ 4:51 pm