07-18-2006, 12:28 AM
----> Iron Mod <----
Join Date: Sep 2004
Re: Taliban takes control of 2 Afghan towns
Why is it that when coalition troops attempt to do something good there is only attempts to make them look bad? If the Afghan war was over there would be no coalition troops there duhhh.
These are British troops who are a bit stretched out. They are trying to establish a safe zone to help get the Afghan economy moving. If countries like Pakistan and India would do their job the Taliban would have nowhere to hide.
But Mikey just keeps kicking brave soldiers in the butt every chance he gets. Love to see you go to a base where troops return. There you could show them all your backstabbing posts...I doubt you leave that base walking or even crawling.
Innocent people around the world getting killed by Muslim extremists while Mikey surfs Google to see who dropped the ball or got killed today. What a loser...our forefathers would lynch your azz and the crowd would cheer....your kind was deleted..that's how our country grew strong.
Here's the friggin' story that expalins it all
The plan for winning Helmand province was plotted out for me by one of the commanders on a decorative square tablecloth with a paper cup representing Lashkar Gah.
Diagonally across one of the squares, just 35 miles north east up the Helmand river, lies the town of Gareshk.
It was explained that these two towns were the focal point of the British effort to help the government bring security and development.
If they can control them both, and the road in-between, they can create the space and the security for development agencies to get aid projects going that will persuade distrusting locals they offer a good future and are worth supporting.
It's the first big "ink spot" on a blotting paper representation of Helmand - not my words, but a military theory, which goes back decades, and is bandied about in all the top brass planning rooms.
Secure the main district centres and the ink gradually spreads out until all the spots join up and Helmand is won. Or so the theory goes.
But dropping too much ink, in too many places, too quickly is what has overstretched the British forces in Helmand and brought on the need for reinforcements, 120 of whom have already arrived in the province.
The commanders could do little else - various local government headquarters were in danger of falling to Taleban fighters (and local militia) - how would that look with thousands of British troops just a few miles away?
Challenges Platoon houses have been set up and are well protected in the district government compounds, and patrols are being carried out, but these are defensive positions - there hasn't been the manpower to take the offensive - the Taleban have taken on that role.