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Save Harry the energy to post this stuff, but it seems as though the newspapers are waking up to this quagmire... if you want a good read pick up Krakauer's book on Tillman, gives a good background on how we f..ed this whole thing up and how hopeless it really is..
In the Krakauer book there is pretty good detail, and one interesting note is the Captain of the rangers ( a decorated Millitary Academy Grad) wanted to do one thing based on his knowledge from being on the ground.. but was overruled by the brass in Ft. Benning.. the result was the ensuing mess that killed Tillman.. these conflicts can never be won with this model in place, if we spend a lot of money training these men at the military academy and then training them afterwards, why can't we empower them to make a simple decision such as this??? Sounds like Viet Nam over and over again...
The rocket-propelled grenade and rifle fire was so intense that most of the soldiers spent the opening minutes of the battle lying on their stomachs, praying that the enemy would run out of ammunition.
They had been in the tiny Afghan village of Wanat, near the Pakistani border, for four days. The command post of their remote base was still just a muddy hole surrounded by sandbags.
The radio crackled. About 50 yards from the base's perimeter, nine U.S. soldiers manning an observation post were on the verge of being overrun. Several soldiers were already dead.
KABUL, Afghanistan Groups of tribal militia attacked two American outposts in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the American military said, killing eight American soldiers and two Afghan police officers in a bold attack that was the deadliest for American soldiers in months.
We like to say that dependability is more important than ability, Bill Belichickism....
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