As the Liberal media turns its focus from Iraq to Afghanistan you have to ask, Why. The answer is they don't want to admit we have all but succeeded in Iraq. Obama cannot admit he was wrong about the surge in Iraq so he will be 'refining' his message by saying we must concentrate our efforts more on Afghanistan. The media will endorse his refinement by pointing to increased fighting and greater US casualties coming from Afghanistan. What Obama and the media fail to say is every battle that has been waged against our military and the few NATO forces that are allowed to fight, have been won by our military.
Witness the battle of July 13, 2008 where we lost 9 brave Americans after being attacked by numbers far superior to their own. Read about it in Stars and Stripes
The story is told by one of the soldiers that was actually there and involved in the fighting. Listening to the media one would think it was a disaster and our forces were overran. Reading the story from a firsthand source you find that the soldiers held their own and in the case of so many other battles went beyond what most people would believe possible.
If you talk to our military members that have been to Afghanistan and Iraq or you have been following both wars from the beginning, you will find our troops are usually outnumbered but never out trained. Like all NATO wars that the U.S. has been involved in from Korea to Afghanistan, most of the actual fighting has been left up to America and only a handful of other member nations.
NATO took command and co-ordination of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in August 2003. ISAF is NATO's first mission outside the Euro-Atlantic area. ISAF operates in Afghanistan under a UN mandate and will continue to operate according to current and future UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. ISAF’s mission was initially limited to Kabul. Resolution 1510 passed by the UNSC on 13 October 2003 opened the way to a wider role for ISAF to support the Government of Afghanistan beyond Kabul.
In a story in U.S. News & World Reports
Anna Multrine points out "Ask American troops in Afghanistan what ISAF means, and you are opening the door to a running joke: "I Saw Americans Fight," and "I Suck at Fighting," and "I Sunbathe at FOBs" (a reference to the heavily fortified and largely safe forward operating bases) are among the more popular punch lines."
In her report she says "the U.S. soldiers who offer up the jokes are only half kidding. Their point is a serious one: that troops from the United States—along with just a handful of other countries—do the bulk of the heavy fighting, while a number of other ISAF detachments are limited by their own governments' combat restrictions. These include prohibitions, or "caveats," against, for example, fighting in the snow for troops from some southern European nations. Other soldiers are required to stay in calmer areas of the country or to keep their aircraft grounded at night or to consult their home legislatures before operating near the volatile Pakistani border."
In the comment section I was taken by a comment from a British citizen:
"When I see the response to the lobbying of Gates,it makes me sick to call myself a European and as a Brit,it makes me damn angry to see those countries liberated by the english speaking world,turn their backs on us when their help is required.
May I suggest that America, bans all trade with said countries,removes itself from nato,asks France, Germany,Belgium etc.,to cough up their share of the expenditure incurred protecting them during the cold war,and as a final act accepts the Uk as a 51st State."
For Obama and the Media to say we must increase our military by pulling troops out of Iraq is a sign of people that have no idea on how to fight a war. They are misleading Americans. Any troops that leave Iraq will not be sent directly to Afghanistan. They must 1st come home for rest and recuperation plus retrained for the terrain they will be facing upon deployment to Afghanistan. Fighting in the cities and desert of Iraq is totally different from fighting in the villages and mountains in Afghanistan. To pull 2-3 Brigades out of Iraq and send them to Afghanistan without giving them a break and more combat training for the environment they will be facing, would have disastrous results. Barack having no military understanding of how wars are fought and his not being willing to listen to generals like General Petraeus leaves doubt as to whether the lives of our military men and women should be entrusted to his ideas of fighting the war in Afghanistan.
Americans must understand the war in Afghanistan will be very long and difficult. We cannot depend on NATO to win this war. It will be won by America and the few American allies that remain dedicated to a long and costly fight. We have to remember no country has ever invaded Afghanistan and remained as the ruling power. Alexander the Great to the Soviet Union lost by using large overpowering armies. Using the example of General Petraeus in Iraq is the only hope for succeeding in Afghanistan. Any President that thinks he knows better than the commanders on the ground is fighting a losing war. Our military has demonstrated in battle after battle from WWII to present day that they cannot be defeated. The next President and the American people must tell NATO "Lead, follow, or get out of the way."