Quote of the day

In the real world off-campus, good marksmanship trumps good will. ~Ralph Peters, Washington Post


3 Responses to “Quote of the day”

  1. 1 Mason
    January 30, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I like it. And I like the article it came from too… I’ve been saying the same thing about Afghanistan since the whole thing started.
    My two cents:
    Afghanistan is a lesson well learned by the U.S.S.R., and we should have read up on the country before invading it. The Talibs are using basically the exact same tactics that they did back in the mujahideen days with the Russians. Afghanistan is not a place that takes kindly to invaders, and if we don’t play our cards right we’ll end up just like the Soviets, and the Indians before them, and the British before them.
    In my (wishful) opinion, Obama should withdraw most of our conventional troops and authorize the CIA, SOCOM, and all of the CTUs and OGAs to operate outside of the Geneva Convention. Not that that would ever happen with any president other than Reagan or maybe Kennedy, but hey, its a thought.

  2. January 31, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Afganistan is a winnable war, if we set our strategic parameters correctly. General Patraeus made in clear from the beginning that Afganistan was going to be tougher than Iraq. This is the Long War, folks. Settle in, grab a beer and a book. As Peters states, to try to turn Afganistan into a liberal democracy would be a huge mistake. To make sure it’s not a vast training ground for terror orgs. is attainable. We must stop thinking of every setback as a catastrophic defeat. That’s what the extremists bank on.

    As far as the Russian invasion of Afgainistan goes, we’ve done a much better job then Russia ever did. The Russians may have the most over-rated fighting force in the history of the world. Check out the 1994 Battle of Grozny. The Chechens basically kicked their rear-ends, with entire platoons of Spetznaz surrenduring.

    During the Soviet invasion of Afganistan, the Russians lost about 15,000 men, 300 helicoptors and over a hundred aircraft. They were out fought, and the chronic weakness of Soviet doctrine bit them in the ass: They can’t adapt on the fly. They have doctrinal inflexibility with command decisions at the tactical level coming down from higher-ups far from the battlefield. Not to mention the fact that the morale and training of the Russians is poor. Always has been, even in WWII where the only thing that allowed them to beat the Germans was the normal Russian lack of interest in their own lives. 18:1 kill ratios by the Germans at Stalingrad weren’t enough to stem the tide of Red soldiers that at times didn’t seem to care if they lived or died.

    Point being, don’t let that war fool you; it was as much a part of Russian ineptitude as Afgan “warrior spirit”.

  3. 3 kernunos
    January 31, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    To think the Russians did that badly in Afghanistan WITHOUT battling their own media on the homefront.

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