In an interview with BBC today, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen slammed former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev for calling the decade long NATO occupation of Afghanistan “unwinnable.”
Memo to NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen: there will be a point, and hopefully in the not too distant future, when US and NATO forces will have to leave Afghanistan, and negotiate with whatever government is left standing in Kabul at that time for the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, if that government in Kabul is willing to listen.
And please note: Rasmussen has absolutely zero experience in the military. According to his bio, listed here:
His education has been in economics, and his has career has been in politics.
The cost in blood and money in this illegal and immoral warwas essentially to support a publicly funded war for private profits. Those private profits were to have come from the pipelines with which to control Eurasian oil, and from the drug trade in opium.
The drug trade has been so successful that Russian leaders have denounced the amount of it which is reaching Russia, and addicting their kids to the low-cost, very potent drug.
"Russia claims that drug production in Afghanistan has increased exponentially since the U.S.-led invasion that overthrew the Taliban government in 2001. It says smugglers freely transport Afghan heroin and opium north into Central Asia and Russia, and onward to Western Europe. Afghanistan is the world's largest supplier of opium."
On a military level, almost one decade on, the war is unwinnable.Sane military leaders in both the US and NATO military understand this, but will not speak out because it will wreck their careers.
Every individual killed or wounded makes those left standing ever more eager to join the insurgency, and drive the occupation forces out.
The only people who are "winning" are the defense contractors, providing hired mercenaries, equipment, and logistical services, and the drug dealers.
That's a pretty damned dismal assessment of the situation, but an honest one.