...Here’s the most important sentence in the piece below: “The very people that COIN seeks to win over – the Afghan people – do not want us there.” Take any class in Small Wars 101 and you will learn that the U.S. has no chance for “victory” in Afghanistan, in any common sense interpretation of the term. So, check your so-called normal sensibilities at the door.
There are, however, a few metrics by which “victory” for the U.S. in Afghanistan may be measured.
First of all, the fact that mayhem continues is a victory for the corporations that profit from the absurd war-related contracts
There’s the unknown billions of heroin related dollars that are generated from covert operations in Afghanistan. The transformation of Afghanistan into a narcostate is a victory for black money operators.
Ultimately, victory will mean that Afghanistan becomes pacified in a manner that facilities effortless corporate rape. The purpose of the U.S. military is to tie the victim down. Then the people in the suits step into the room…