New NATO tactic: pretend the enemy doesn’t really exist

My post caption is not a joke:  According to USA Today, the newest NATO tactic in Afghanistan is, in essence, to pretend there is no enemy:

Military commanders in Afghanistan have stopped making public the number of allied troops killed by Afghan soldiers and police, a measure of the trustworthiness of a force that is to take over security from U.S.-led forces.

The change in policy comes after at least three allied troops have been killed by the Afghan troops they trained in the past month and follows what appears to be the deadliest year of the war for NATO trainers at the hands of their Afghan counterparts.


Since 2005, more than 50 troops had been killed and 48 wounded by Afghan troops, according to data released before the policy changed and USA TODAY research. In 2011, Afghan troops killed at least 13 ISAF troops.

Anthony Cordesman, a military analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said information about the killing of U.S. troops by Afghan troops or police is important because it shows whether the U.S. withdrawal plan is realistic. “It’s not just a matter of the number of ISAF or U.S. troops getting attacked. The real question is will this force be loyal to the government?” he said. “The constant question has to be, ‘Did you rush out to set impossible levels of quantity without addressing the quality of Afghan security forces?’ “

I know I’m nothing but an armchair warrior, but I have to ask, can one really fight a war this way?


It seems to me that you either fight the enemy or you don’t.  You don’t just wish the enemy away.  I have visions of the guys at NATO waving their little fairy wands around, convinced that that’s the way to win the battle.  For me, it’s upsetting.  For our troops, it’s a life and death matter.  And of course, if the NATO fairies don’t show up, we’re all going to be front line and in very deep doo-doo.

There’s something wrong with a war where we pretend the enemy isn’t doing us any harm, while we make a cause célèbre of four battle-weary Marines who engaged in behavior both antithetical to our military’s ethos and inconsistent with the way in which, 99.99999% of the time, our military conducts what the smart people recognize is an existential war.

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  • Ymarsakar

    For those that don’t quite remember, this is what I wrote in 2008. 

    Anybody want to forward a disagreement and say that I’m being “extreme” and “violent” now?

    Nobody has yet answered my question there either. 

    Tell me where the Democrats have their ethics and head screwed on straight concerning a threat facing America? North Korea, is that where the Democrats and Left have got it right? Traffic in human beings occuring down south, have the Democrats got their heads screwed on right about that issue? What about Iran and Hizbollah, are Democrats morally and ethically justified in their policies against them? What about Syria and Saddam’s Baath, now defunct, party? Israel? Palestine? The Left and the Democrat leadership, not to mention the Democrat masses, couldn’t do something positive for humanity if you paid them. 

  • Ymarsakar

    Well, we’re all P A Y I N G for a Democrat called obama now, aren’t we.

    How does it feel to know that Americans are supporting evil, funding it, and letting it run wild in the world? Does it feel as remotely good as outrage does? 

  • jj

    And where does that rank on the outrage scale?
    Stop training them, right now, today – and certainly don’t even think of equipping them. 

  • Ymarsakar

    If the media tells people that they should be outraged, that’s what they are. If the media reports this as good or “cutting the fat” on the military, that’s what people will believe.


  • 11B40


    Bring back the enemy body count.  Let them know how good we’re doing at sending some home to the allah-dude. And a couple of triumphal battle stories in the media would be a welcome change. 

  • Mike Devx

    11B40 says:
    >  And a couple of triumphal battle stories in the media would be a welcome change. 

    11B40, that would be sooo 1940s.  When rooting for the home team to defeat the enemy was considered a good thing for our media, you know?  We must all realize that it is WRONG to cheer for America!  Wrong!  (snark)