Why Is the U.S. Losing the Afghan War?
WASHINGTON – January 24, 2019
It seems America is losing not only in Syria, but also in the “traditional” hot spot where they have been actively involved in fighting since the beginning of the War on Terror.
Afghanistan is one of many places on the planet where the American military machine has been checking its new weaponry, training military officers, and controlling the flow of drugs. Millions and millions of dollars have gone to this country as “ foreign aid,” which is a great way to steal it. Yet, the U.S. war on Afghanistan continues to fail. Disunity of command and lack of political foresight guarantee that the U.S. will continue losing, and the end could be near.
Why? Simply because throughout the last months the so-called “moderate rebels” in Afghanistan have made great strides against the U.S.-sponsored government forces, beating them many times. For example, last week a convoy of some 40 trucks loaded with military equipment was ambushed and destroyed, and it was the largest such incident since the Soviets left Afghanistan.
Also last week a large bomb hit a security compound within the fortified international quarter of Kabul. At least five people died and some hundred were injured. On Sunday, January 20, a car bomb hit the convoy of the governor of the Logar Province. Eight of his bodyguards died in the attack. It surely doesn’t seem like an appeasement and stabilization of the situation for the American side.
There also are indications (and it has also been widely muted by mainstream media serving the Deep State) that a raid on a military training center for the National Security Directorate, the Afghan CIA offshoot, was organized on January 21, which eventually killed some 200 forces. Interestingly, the attacking rebels used a U.S.-made armored Humvee to drive into the compound and blew it up. An infantry unit later followed and shot up the survivors. “The rebels” (actually criminals and terrorists fostered by the Americans themselves) are getting stronger and stronger, and now are capable of attacks of this kind within the direct sphere of American influence in Afghanistan. This is a very bad sign for the U.S.
The Soviet war in Afghanistan lasted just nine years and was largely successful in building a stable government; the Soviets left a mostly competent Afghan military behind. Three years later, Russia ended its financial support for the Afghan government. Onl--that gave the guerrilla (who were sponsored by the Americans) a chance to destroy the state.
After 18 years in Afghanistan the U.S. military still seems unable to create and train competent local forces. For instance, the $8 billion spent on the Afghan air force have resulted in a mostly incapable force that depends on U.S. contractors to keep its birds flying.
This was the result of unreasonable decisions, as many aviation experts have criticized the decision to phase out the old workhorses of the Afghan forces — Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters — for American-made UH-60 Black Hawks. Michel, the retired general, said the Mi-17 was “the perfect helicopter” for Afghanistan because it can carry more troops and supplies than the Black Hawk and is less complicated to fly. But who cares?
“Let’s be candid,” he said, “that was largely done for political reasons.”
However the Deep State continues fighting not only against Afghani interests, but with itself as well and Afghanistan – in this context – is just another battlefield for them. This conflict between militarized CIA proxy forces and forces trained by the U.S. military has appeared in every recent war the U.S. has waged.
In Iraq, CIA=sponsored Shia units clashed with the Pentagon-sponsored Sunni militia. In Syria, CIA-trained “rebels” ended up shooting at U.S. military trained “rebels” and vice versa. See? The conflict of interests (which is often considered to be one of the true indicators of the Deep State system) is visible. And in Afghanistan the rogue force under CIA control is some 3,000 to 10,000 strong. It largely alienates the same population the Afghan military tries to protect.
Unity of command is an important condition for successful military campaigns. Unfortunately, for Washington, as the military works in one direction while the CIA pulls in another one, the campaign in Afghanistan continues to fail.