Viet Nam 2.0

It’s been an easy winter so far here in Jackson Hole other than a week of sub zero weather this past week and only minimal snowfall. Helicopter Ben has been mocked before Congress and Obama continues along his blundering way using the worst ideas of the Republican party to ensure the ruin of his presidency and his country’s future. Lie follows lie on a daily basis as he tells us the recession is over with green shoots galore. Unemployment is down and his Afghan surge will certainly work so well that 18 months after our hapless soldiers arrive in country, they will be able to leave. No one including Obama has stated what this Afghan invasion is supposed to accomplish. A well armed and trained conventional military force that relies on high tech weapons and air strikes wont have a chance combating a popular Islamic insurgency armed with simple primitive weapons and a burning desire to drive invaders from their soil. The Brits and the Russians were driven out and the American Army will suffer the same fate in Afghanistan as it suffered in Viet Nam and Somalia. The American Military is in the region to ensure access to oil and the fundamental flaw is the assumption that a military occupation can dominate a disintegrating collection of failed and failing states long run by warring tribes and clans. In any war between guerrillas and a standing army,the smart money is on the guerrillas whether those guerrillas were ragtag colonists facing the world’s most powerful army in 18th century America or pajama clad Viet Cong facing down a massive American Army in Indochina. The Islamic insurgents in the Persian Gulf and Central Asia regard the West with the same hatred as the American Marines felt toward the “japs” in the South Pacific. In the end it wont be defeat by a determined insurgency that drives the US out of Afghanistan and Iraq but our coming economic collapse that dooms this tragic foolish incursion into the lion’s lair.

About cal48koho

I was born in Montana and raised in a dozen Air Force SAC bases. I attended Holy Cross,West Point and UNC in Chapel Hill(MD"71). Army doc in the last years of the Viet Nam fiasco. My wife and I live in a log cabin I built in Jackson Hole in 1975 when we aren't on our Cal 48 yawl. I've done a dozen different jobs and retired from ER and Anesthesia in 2004. I've written magazine articles and am writing a Kunstleresque novel about life in a past Peak Oil world. We are living in a beautiful alpine setting where we hike and ski when we're not thinking about economics and spreading the implications of PO to anyone who will listen.
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