US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has ordered the deployment of a combat aviation brigade with some 2,800 troops to Afghanistan next year, a US military official said Friday.
Gates signed the order on Thursday in response to a request for more forces by General David McKiernan, the US commander in Afghanistan, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
What part of "you cannot win what is essentially a land war from the air" is it that Sec Def Gates And General McKiernan seem utterly unable to comprehend?!?
The expansion of aerial bombing guarantees two things, and two things only.
First, we're going to kill a lot more non-combatants; women, kids, the elderly, and the medically infirm.
Second, it's going to leave those left standing even further radicalized against the very government we're attempting to prop up by doing these bombing raids.
Those who do not understand history are doomed to repeat it.
Apparently, the lessons of the Viet Nam War have not percolated through the military or civilian leadership in the US at all.
And so far, the only "winners" in the occupation of Afghanistan are the drug dealers and the no-bid military contractors.