Turns out, the mayor of Arlington, TN thinks that he really and truly knows the reason for Obama’s speech the other night on Afghanistan. It was to pre-empt the Charlie Brown special, because, you know, Obama is a dirty Muslim, and doesn’t believe in the Lord our Savior, Jesus H. Christ (does anyone know what the H stands for anyway??). Check out the link here on the story itself. Oh, of course, it was all much to do with nothing. Have people lost their ever loving minds though? Seriously? Obama is an evil Muslim who doesn’t want people to see the Christmas Charlie Brown special? And this guy, is a mayor of a town, sure, it’s probably a small town, but still. He’s supposed to be a leader, and he’s a fucking moron.
Turning towards Afghanistan though. Obama pledged more troops. I don’t know how I feel about this really. On the one hand, it’s probably overdue, and on the other hand, I’d rather have all of our men and women back instead of in harm’s way.
So what do we do here? In speaking with some of the guys I work with, they’re behind this troop escalation (it’s not a surge, since the word surge indicates that there is some sort of plan for “winning” whatever that means). They have thought for a long time that we needed more guys on the ground in Afghanistan, and they are also proponents of letting them get out there, do their jobs. The Big A Army is good at blowing shit up, and killing bad guys. This much is true. Maybe, they’re one of the most proficient groups we have at doing this, although, the Marines are right there with them. Our Army and Marines were never meant to be out and about within the people, building societies back, and doing counterinsurgency efforts. Our Green Berets, and SF soldiers though, are very good at this. It is a key component of their training.
I believe what we need to do though is to kill as many of the bad guys as we can, and make it a price that they’re not willing to pay any longer, again, remember, we’re good at destroying things, and killing bad guys. We need to bring in specialists, being SF soldiers, or civilians that can show folks in Afghanistan how to create a society, and we also have to learn that, what functions as a government, or what functions as a society in Afghanistan is not even remotely going to be like what we have here in the United States. They’re not going to have a Starbucks, and a Target on every corner in their country, and there is going to be a certain level of chaos almost always, but they are also a tribal nation. Run by local leaders, more so than a central government. We have a hard time wrapping our heads around that paradigm.
Anyway, like I said, I just wish we could get all of our troops home. Garrisoned, and safe stateside. That might put me out of a job, but then again, that’s a hit I think I’d be willing to take, if it meant, no more fighting for us.
I also have come to believe that eventually, some guy in Pakistan is going to rat out Bin Laden, yeah, more than likely, he is somewhere in Pakistan. They’re going to get sick of Predators dropping bombs on houses and people around them, and they’re going to finally give him up, sick of his shit, and the trouble that he brings along with him. We’ll probably snatch him up then, or kill him, but what will that really solve? Nothing really. At this point in time al Qaeda has been basically wiped out, and or spread out around the globe. We’re looking at an organization that doesn’t have a “central command” any longer so to speak, but what we have to be vigilant about is smaller cells, of 1-10 guys plotting smaller scale attacks against soft targets. Which means, that yes, battling terrorism is probably going to become more of a police action, than a military action.
Why am I writing about this? Not sure really. It’s that time of the year when cycling is in its down cycle, except for ‘cross, and well, there are only 2 words I’ve got say about cyclocross. Katie. Compton. That woman is fucking hardcore no doubt. If she doesn’t win the world championship this year, she’s cursed, or something like that. Because really, she’s on a tear, and she would be only the 2nd American to be a world champ in ‘cross, the first being Matt Kelly. Whatever happened to that guy anyway? Didn’t he just burn out, and disappear? I seem to remember him making a “comeback” so to speak at some point in time, but haven’t heard from him since then. He was a world champ, and then, gone. Why do our young racers all seem to end up in that situation anyway?
Going back to Compton, she’ll be on the top step of the podium this year at the world championships, I can only hope. She’s been killing it so far this year, and I’m pretty sure she’ll keep on that path. If she doesn’t, I’d be surprised, since she is head and shoulders above the rest of the women in the US at least. None seem able to keep up with her at all. She’s a few gears higher than the rest. We’ll see, we shall see. Good luck to her.by