Cowboy's daughter wrote:
I know what I think, but I'm curious, what do y'all think of Joe Biden saying: "Biden tells Afghanistan they have to 'WANT' to fight the Taliban and insists he does not regret pulling troops..."
for anybody that want the short version, Papadragon gave it in a few sentences on the original post.
my take on this:
Biden is just an senile old man that should sit in his garden in his wheelchair where his wife keeps reminding him of everything.
He is no president, he is an empty shell for the democratic party to use and exploit.
I really do not feel sorry for the man, for all his corruption he brought and executed while in politics.
Ever since 2006 i knew it was an lost-cause during my deployment.
We, as NATO infantry where just keeping this artificial security intact.
The CIA was only interrested in generating their own revenue, and subverting positions and people to go into an direction they preffered.
The U.S millitary never asked questions. Because mainly that is the short-way of ending your carreer by being dishonorably discharged.
the whole "hearts and minds" and "smile and wave" policy.
It really does not work when your forces encounter an situation that does not represent the politicians story back home.
Yes, We as NATO betrayed people there, left them to fend for themselves against Taliban revenge attacks.
NATO's word, its worth absolute shit.
They are an highly tribal society. their sole social structure is to further their own tribe. And saw the legs from any tribe above them.
"law and order" is to most an foreign concept. why abide by this when you can take it by force?.
And they do exactly that.
As nato, we tried to break/change this tribal mindset.
but its pretty much impossible. Tribal values over-ride everything.
Give the ANA one town to protect, and they will change within an week to Tyrants over the local population to anyone that does not belong to their tribe.
Their battle mindset: Inshallah.
They believe everything is pre-determined by God.
because, ....god forbid looking into an mirror and asking yourself where the hell your personal honour is in this engagement?.
they do make great minesweepers tough, our engineers get out to search an road. they just floor their pickups over the roads as your own E.O.D specialists dive for cover.
They:"its gods decision if we die on an roadside I.E.D".
i kid you not, i have seen some ANA soldier trying to prove his belief by trying to do gardening with an RPG-7 missile by slamming its warhead into the ground. That he could not be harmed.
Dont bother trying to explain it's factory safety features. it is lost on them.
just nod and back away untill you are within the safe distance of an accidental RPG detonation.
We also honestly tried bringing some common sense.
But no, they rather keep reaching back to old grudges from the past.
This one tribe was still on hostile terms with another. because the other party killed like 3 camels way back.
it was like 200 to 300 years ago.
this interpreter of hours tried to fix that, invited both tribe leaders.
he tried to explain it by explaining my own country and ww2 germany.
How we where enemies, but buried the war-axe and where prosherous allies.
They did not accept, this could only be settled in blood.
What is happening now, is just what was already going to happen ever since 2006 when i experienced Afganistan. or earlier of course.
I think since the very first day of invading afghanistan it was doomed to fail. like it does now.
Us, as soldiers. Told everyone we could this was an lost cause.
Politicians did not care.
People did not care.
Media did not care.
in fact, we got scensored at every turn.
So, who is to blame now?.
All what will happen is the empty politicians with ties to arms manufacturers push for more unwinnable wars.
More kids aged 14 to 20 to grind to physical and/or emotional paste upon the gears of perpetual war.
To keep the blooded cogs of the western war-machine turning.