Archive for the 'Afghanistan' Category

Only One Man Has Been Fired Over The Afghanistan Debacle

BY Herschel Smith
4 weeks ago

Almost 90 retired flag officers demand that Mark Milley and Lloyd Austin resign after the Afghanistan debacle.  It won’t happen.

They’re proud of what they’ve done, which is to demoralize the military and weaken a nation.  America is disgraced.

Wheeeee!!! Free Machine Guns!!!

BY Herschel Smith
4 weeks, 1 day ago

Dave Hardy.

Just reflected–among all the military hardware left in Afghanistan, there were around 978,000 M-16s and M4s. Last I heard, the number of transferrable full-autos in the US was about 200,000. So Afghanistan, population around that of California, now has five times as Many full-autos as does the US! And that’s not counting what they got from the Soviets.

I got an email ad for ammo, and replied they should send their buyers to Kabul. They have tons of US-made 5.56, and likely will sell it for scrap value.

I want one, but I don’t want to move to Afghanistan.

Thoughts On Afghanistan

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

I have enough posts on Afghanistan to write a book.  But I thought it may be a good thing to give some closing thoughts on a failed campaign.

From the beginning of the George W. Bush era, the notion had been that people love liberty and will always side with it.  This is a demonstrably stupid assumption, disproven merely by looking at the medical yoke of tyranny Americans seem to love at the moment.

The important facet of human belief systems Bush failed to take into account was religion.  Islam isn’t built for liberty, and liberty isn’t compatible with Islam.  When David Kilcullen wrote his doctoral thesis on counterinsurgency, he learned all the wrong lessons.  He mistakenly believed that hearts can be won, and that the measure of doing that is a function of the degree to which they all share in the wealth, prosperity, political theater, and health of a nation or people.  It’s the sociologist’s dream – couple human terrain with force from guns, and any culture can be transitioned into something that it is not.

David Petraeus learned all the wrong lessons from Kilcullen.  Stanley McChrystal attempted to cut off the head of the snake with direct action operations using SpecOps, falsely believing that without the head, the snake would perish.  Islam isn’t a snake, but rather, a world and life view (a false one) that regenerates.  The HVT campaign was bound to fail.

On top of that, following the mantra to win hearts and minds, a set of ROE was put into place that made it impossible for the U.S. warrior to win.  He had to fight the battles of lawfare as much as enemy combatants.  Finally, the campaign in Afghanistan was marked by micromanagement and extraordinary ignorance and stupidity.

Gen. David Rodriguez made it difficult for Marines in Helmand and during the initial parts of the larger campaign for Helmand he issued an order that every use of artillery receive his approval.  The ignorance of U.S. brass taking Viagra to the tribal chieftains so that could continue their abuse of little boys is so repugnant that it’s amazing the enlisted men didn’t turn their weapons on their own command.

Tim Lynch (who has spent longer time in Afghanistan that any English speaking man alive today, nearly ten years) told me personally that the DoD had thousands of hours of video footage of Afghan boys engaged in sexual activity with animals.  Against this backdrop, Islamist militants only became more incensed and enraged.

From the beginning I favored sending the Rangers and Marines to the border with Pakistan so that AQ could be killed in the caves of Tora Bora rather than escaping to live and fight again.  Chase the Taliban, kill them, and then there would be no Quetta Shura.  And then leave.  But we had to play armed social worker, and now here we are.

The final exit is a debacle of mammoth proportions, Americans will be left in Afghanistan to be beheaded, and Bagram Air Base (the best and brightest hope for a smooth withdrawal) was shut down.  And they are proud of it.  Meanwhile, twelve Marines perished today.  It is a dark day.

I asked my friend John Bernard (former Marine Corps First Sergeant) – who lost his own son in Afghanistan – for his thoughts today.  He sent me this, but as I see, he also posted it to his blog.  Give it a visit.  Here are his thoughts.


So after several years of listening to the faint of heart and the lowly in character sob over the use of wrong pronouns, the meritless claims of institutional racism, continual cries of inequity, inequality, privilege and oh yeah, mean tweets, we arrive at today’s latest fruit of globalist clap-trap; 12 dead American Service members and another 15 wounded by some as yet unnamed cabal of Satan worshipping cretins in Kabul.

This follows a week of watching one of the most disgraceful egress operations in the annals of Military History. And it as an easily foretold ending to an historically ill-advised military doctrine which supplanted the hunt-kill strategy in place in Afghanistan until June of 2009. I “predicted” this that same fateful month and reiterated over the following decade.

I will remind those who forgot and the rest who have been too self-absorbed to know, that in June of 2009 Stanley McChrystal brought to light the fruit of a year of positing, posturing, submitting and frankly, undermining the probability of any kind of favorable outcome in what has been called, the Graveyard of Empires. Make no mistake, the genesis of this horrific turn in Afghanistan rests with the then newly Minted/Corronated/Sainted, Barrack Hussein Obama 6 months earlier. Obama had been very clear in his narcissistic “memoir”, Audacity of Hope, pg 261 …” I will stand with them [Muslims] should the political winds shift in an ugly direction…”

He backed those words with his Commander’s Intent statement regarding Afghanistan by voicing concern for the safety of the average Afghan; supplanting his sworn duty and associated responsibility for the Constitution, National Security and his War Fighters. His voiced concern instructed his bevy of Leftist Politruk and the machinery of Leftist Bureaucrats at the Pentagon who felt legitimized in dragging down the sullied book, from the dusty shelf in the Library of Horrible Ideas and one more time decided to apply the doctrine of the Counter Insurgency with its impossible ROE, to Afghanistan.

Given COIN’s 76 year history of 100% abysmal failure, it was nothing short of malfeasance and even justifying a charge of Negligent Homicide for those who recommended COIN with the same charge placed against the one man who chose to secure security for a foreign people over the security of the Nation and its War Fighters he was Oathbound to Defend.

Given the catastrophic endings for the Brits in Malay, the French in Indochina, the US in Vietnam, Somalia and the questionable conditions in Iraq; the predictable consequences in the entire Middle East from 2010-2012 including the attack on the CIA safe house in Benghazi where four Americans were killed and no rescue mission was launched, it was not only predictable that ANY egress from Afghanistan would be catastrophic, but in fact, a given!

With this history as backdrop, we can now discuss Biden’s Saigon or potential Dien Bien Phu through the lens of historical accuracy understanding that COIN in Afghanistan was doomed to fail even before McChrystal opened his mouth publicly in June of 2009.

What makes what we are witnessing in real time all the more frustrating is knowing his not too bright advisors had at least, warned him of the probability of failure a full 6 months before they pulled the metaphorical trigger on the egress.

It is also appalling and frustrating to have to listen to Biden and his underlings parade out rhetorical effort after lie after garbled statement in an effort to put a smiley face – even to take credit for some kind of tactical mastery in this entirely preventable episode.

Again, predictably, the White House Press Corps seems incapable or unwilling to ask the most obvious questions;

“Why didn’t you keep Bagram open until every single American Citizen and Afghan Collaborator were safe”…

“Why didn’t you secure the several billion dollars in US War Materiel and Weaponry before pulling out the last of the troops and contractors?”

“Why didn’t you immediately launch a massive extraction effort to safeguard and remove American citizens when it became undeniably apparent on August 14th?”

“Why in the name of all that is right and just did you give any sway to the Terrorists “Teachers” known as the Taliban?

Instead we have been treated to that age old political witchcraft, enjoined by both politician, bureaucrat politruk and media entertainer alike; the effort to polish a turd. Somewhere along the line it became knee-jerk to spin a story, create a tale, redirect the public gaze and basically, lie, rather than own up to the mistake.

Unfortunately, a full 50% of this population is more than happy to play along and even gleeful at the prospect of actively participating as long as it props up their questionable selection for the Presidency.

Obama may have started us down this path

Obama’s Politruk may have sullied themselves in the name of relevancy.

But it is Biden and his corral of miscreants who own this astoundingly shameful excuse for an egress.

And now he can add the names of at least 27 American War Fighters; dead and wounded who were tasked with nothing short of a cleanup operation in a vain attempt to help a feckless “president” save face.

Democrats and their legion of facilitators would do well to learn at least one lesson;

Sometimes, a Turd is simply a Turd.

I pray for the families of those 12 War Fighters whose lives were sacrificed for the sake of politics. It is doubly infuriating for our family being as this debacle began to take shape on the Anniversary of our Son’s death in Afghanistan 08/14/2009.

I pray for the families of the thousands whose lives were sacrificed for the misplaced interest of a president who sullied his oath, 12 years ago.

I hope although very likely in vain, that those who selected the current figurehead will see the fruit of that ill-conceived choice even if it required the unnecessary deaths of yet more American Service members, this day, 26 August 2021.

 Semper Fidelis

 John Bernard

UPDATE from HPS: I cannot help but append this post with another observation.

They were never serious.  I knew they weren’t serious when I watched and analyzed the logistics operations taking place a decade ago.

General David Rodriguez boldly and baldly stated over TV that the Taliban were on their heels.  They were reeling from the pounding the U.S. troops had given them.  For that reason, there would be no spring offensive.

I said that there would be, and I explained in many posts exactly what the strategy would be.  The Taliban would attacks the lines of logistics at two points:  (1) The port city of Lahore to Chaman (the Southern route), and (2) The port city of Lahore to The Khyber Pass through the Torkham Crossing (the Northern route).  There are two main [guarded] border crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan.  This isn’t difficult.  This Khyber Pass route is particularly treacherous, with one blown up truck blocking the single roadway for hours or even days.  I’ve still got the pictures of what they did to the trucks.  The Southern route relied on “Jingle Trucks” of the locals.  It was a pittance compared to the Northern route.

The Taliban did exactly what I said they would do.  There was a spring offensive, and it attacked both points of ingress of supply into Afghanistan.

After this, flights kicked up at Donaldson AFB in Greenville, S.C., 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.  It was all air after that.

And David Rodriguez is an idiot and the DoD should hire me as their logistics analyst.  They don’t care enough to do that.

What Does The Taliban And Australian Police Have In Common?

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago


“All girls over the age of 15 and widows younger than 40 should be married to the insurgent fighters,” a Taliban commander was quoted saying by The WSJ.

They demand the children and abuse people.  Thank God no government in the Western world behaves that way.  Oh wait.

They are herding thousands upon thousands of children in stadiums, without their parents, to perform (allegedly) voluntary mass vaccinations, despite the possible dangers. The army has been deployed to check papers and vaccine status at road checkpoints.

[ … ]

Generally speaking, the Australian police have taken to their role as fascist enforcers with remarkable ease in the past year. They’ve been sending threatening letters to independent journalistshitting protesters with their cars, stamping on their heads, pepper-spraying teenaged girls and performing dangerous chokeholds with genuine enthusiasm.

So who’s worse?

And I’ll say it again, both to the Afghanis and the Australians.  Never give up your guns.

Michael Yon On The “Pulse of Afghanistan”

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

Full interview on the Wei and Cathy Show.

What About The U.S. Border Crisis?

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

While the world and legacy media shout and screech about the Afghan crisis and hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees who need to be resettled, what has happened to the crisis on the Southern border?  That’s right.  It has disappeared from the TV screen and news.

One corollary is that ordinary Americans may get more than they bargained for.  Here is a rundown of the awful crime wave brought to Europe from immigrating Afghanis.

Read it all.  And then read it again.

Here it is elsewhere.

Cowering Before The Taliban

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

News from Afghanistan.

The young men with the Taliban numbered only in the dozens, but the crowds cowered before them. The men fired automatic weapons indiscriminately into the air, and sometimes aimed them at the assembled men, women and children.

Some of the bearded fighters were dressed in traditional shalwar kameez — baggy trousers and a long tunic — but others adopted incongruous accessories: high-top sneakers, gold watches, knee-high socks.

The beatings seemed to be administered almost at random, but with chilling deliberateness. Sticks, lengths of rubber hose, knotted rope, rifle butts — the fighters wielded them all.

Some of those on the receiving end of the blows were trying to slip away through a hole in the fence to get inside the airport perimeter, but others were simply squatting on the ground, trying to shield themselves.

It’s obvious that the people outnumber the Taliban by a wide margin.  What sort of people cower before powers that abuse them?

Then again, Americans have cowered before police SWAT raids, gun confiscations, bowed to mandatory vaccinations, put on ridiculous and ineffective face coverings, and acquiesced to the loss of hundreds of thousands of small businesses.

So it looks like people are the same the world over.

The Badri 313 In Kabul

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

The Lid.

The unit that the Taliban has put in charge of the Afghan capital of Kabul is Badri 313, their special forces battalion.

Badri 313 is not a ragtag bunch of goat farmers like much of the Taliban regulars. According to media reports, they are a lethal special forces unit with the gear and expertise to go with it. US military weapons, night goggles, tactical vests, helmets…it’s all there. Now we know how the Taliban offensive took over the country so quickly.

Regular Taliban fighters are usually seen sporting turbans and vests while carrying old rifles.

After the takeover of Kabul, the Taliban’s special commando unit — Badri 313 — is ruling the streets of the Afghan capital. Armed with modern weapons and gadgets, the elite forces of Taliban are guarding the streets of Kabul. The forces have been specially trained for special operations. Reports say that the Taliban’s special commandos played a key role in Afghan offensive and are now responsible for the security of Kabul where they can be seen deployed at all key locations.

Eh … I don’t know.  It’s one thing to have nice equipment, uniforms, vehicles, a command structure, and money.  It’s entirely a different thing to be fully trained by professionals on how to use it all.

With that said, their equipment is nice.  I saw NODS, Peq-15s, M4s, body armor, ballistic helmets, and so on.  That all costs a lot of money, and it includes a bunch of stuff I don’t have.

They Seem Nice

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

Daily Wire.

Afghan Christians are reportedly fleeing to the mountains in a desperate attempt to escape the Taliban who is going door to door trying to kill them.

An underground church that partners with Frontier Alliance International (FAI) has reported that the Taliban are targeting Christians for death. According to FAI:

The Taliban has a hit list of known Christians they are targeting to pursue and kill. The US Embassy is defunct and there is no longer a safe place for believers to take refuge. All borders to neighboring countries are closed and all flights to and from have been halted, with the exception of private planes. People are fleeing into the mountains looking for asylum. They are fully reliant on God, who is the only One who can and will protect them.

The Taliban are going door-to-door taking women and children. The people must mark their house with an “X” if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them. If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family. If a married woman 25 years or older has been found, the Taliban promptly kill her husband, do whatever they want to her, and then sell her as a sex slave.

Husbands and fathers have given their wives and daughters guns and told them that when the Taliban come, they can choose to kill them or kill themselves—it is their choice.

Taliban are also reportedly rifling through people’s phones to look for any apps that would give them away as Christians.

“We’re hearing from reliable sources that the Taliban demand people’s phones, and if they find a downloaded Bible on your device, they will kill you immediately,” said Dr. Rex Rogers, who is president of the Christian nonprofit organization SAT-7 North America, according to Religion News Service. “It’s incredibly dangerous right now for Afghans to have anything Christian on their phones. The Taliban have spies and informants everywhere.”

I wish they had gotten out months ago, but the only choice now if they haven’t already left is to shoot them in the face when they come knocking.  It’s the same thing you should do when they come to forcibly confiscate guns in America.

Embassy tells Americans in Afghanistan to “consider” heading to the airport

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

Via Hot Air, communication from what’s left of the U.S. embassy in Kabul.

U.S. government-provided flights are departing. U.S. citizens, LPRs, and their spouses and unmarried children (under age 21) should consider travelling to Hamid Karzai International Airport.   You should plan to enter the airport at Camp Sullivan. From the HKIA Airport South Traffic Circle, head east for 1km and turn right on to Camp Sullivan.   Please note that gates may change frequently and that we will provide updates as necessary.


Please be advised that a significant number of individuals have registered and space on these flights is available on a first come, first serve basis. You may be required to wait at the airport for a significant amount of time until space is available…

Do not call the U.S. Embassy in Kabul for details or updates about the flight. Do not travel to the airport until you have been informed by email that departure options exist. We will continue to provide periodic updates to this message.

Mike McDaniel makes this observation.

The airport in Kabul is surrounded by the city—easy for the Taliban to surround and control—and has a single runway.  The Taliban has surrounded the airport.  They control all access, and up to 40,000 Americans are cut off behind enemy lines, and so are innumerable nationals from allied countries.  Our government has no idea how many Americans are actually there, and they’re telling them not to call, but to go to a website to “register” for permission to be evacuated and/or telling them to go to the airport(?!).

Bagram Air Base, which was everything Kabul’s airport is not—defensible–was evacuated and abandoned, and as throughout the country, all manner of military equipment including armored vehicles, fixed and rotary winged aircraft, munitions and weapons, was left behind.  The Taliban own it, all of it.

I was an enlisted man in the USAF during the cold war, not a field grade officer, not a general.  I run this scruffy little blog, but even I know when withdrawing from a hostile country, you first evacuate all American civilians and allies, then all native civilians and others, allies you promised to protect.  Who could possibly want another hostage crisis?  Then you fly out all our military equipment, everything that could in any way help our enemies, and if you can’t fly it out, you utterly destroy it.  You destroy all our facilities to deny them to the enemy.  Only then do you evacuate every American service member, maintaining sufficient air cover to ensure their safe evacuation.  And you don’t do it all at once.

Apparently, no one inside the beltway getting “woke,” reading Karl Marx and putting on lipstick had time to learn to perform a failure modes and effects analysis, or how to do MORT (Management Oversight and Risk Tree) analysis.  Or even to learn basic planning or logistics skills.

Finally, SedDef Austin says this.  “I don’t have the capability to go out and extend operations currently into Kabul.”  While U.S. troops are stateside sitting through gender bender classes, this chaos ensues and the SecDef hasn’t the “capability” to do anything about it.

Ponder that for a while.

A picture says everything about the state of affairs and the fear that grips the area.

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