time to re-think…

the sign-toting, flag-waving crowd of about 300 that gathered Saturday afternoon at the Fremont Amtrak station, located in the Centerville neighborhood known as Little Kabul, for an awareness rally in the wake of last weekend’s massacre.

…”I myself have been through a war where the Russians came to my home and tried to kill us the same way,” said Tokhi, 43, a native of Kandahar and a 30-year San Jose resident. “Now the Americans are doing the same thing the Russians were doing.”

No. One [1] man — with a brain injury — twisted off. Out of more than a million American Military who have rotated through this country over ten [10] years.

…”In the future, though, I would expect a much larger number because in all of America, the biggest population of Afghan-Americans is right here in Fremont.”

Well that gives us something to look forward to…

But what about this?

All international military personnel working in Afghan government offices were recalled after a gunman killed two American military advisers [Feb. 26] inside the heavily guarded Ministry of Interior. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was in retaliation for the burning of Qurans at a U.S. Army base in Afghanistan…

The two American military advisers, a lieutenant colonel and a major, were found dead on the floor of a locked office in the Ministry of Interior that can only be accessed by people who know the numerical combination to the lock.

Perhaps, after you have held a rally to “support” the families of these men, we might have something to say to one another.

And I’m sure those point-blank murders had nothing whatsoever to do with any of this:

U.S. authorities are looking into allegations that some Afghan Air Force (AAF) officials have been using aircraft to transport narcotics and illegal weapons across the country, a U.S. official said on [March 8]…

…the U.S. military is also looking into whether the alleged transporting of illegal drugs and weapons is connected to an April incident in which an AAF colonel killed eight U.S. Air Force officers at Kabul Airport.

…The AAF was set up mostly with U.S. funds. …near $12 billion between October 2010 and September 2011, to train and equip Afghanistan’s security forces. Almost as much cash, some $11 billion, is planned for the year through September 2012…

Major General Abdul Wahab Wardak, the AAF commander, told Reuters the drug-running allegations were “baseless and they must be proven”. “We never do such things,” he added.

Yeah, I know. I’ve seen the map. Yet I’m still unclear on The Mission in this …place. And I’m aware of the difference between “Stated Mission” and “Actual Mission.” Still not gettin’ it here, Boss.



  1. SondraK, Queen of my domain
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 7:27 am |

    JR’s theory:
    That soldier killed a family….it was a revenge killing. Most of the Afghanis understand this………..that’s why they’re not flipping out like they usually do……..

  2. Freddie Sykes
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 7:44 am |

    A juvenile sense of justice: I will be outraged if you harm me or mine regardless of any justification whereas, you should just get over it if I harm you or yours.

    This is compounded by the idea that the world is expected to submit to Islam since its destiny is to rule over us all.

  3. mojo
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 7:51 am |

    “Auagh! My GOAT!! The Russians killed her!”
    “See if the bullet had her name on it…”
    – Firesign Theatre

  4. Posted March 19, 2012 at 8:11 am |

    The “Afghan American” headline is what pisses me off. Either they’re United States citizens or not. If it’s the later, they need to go home to the “wonderful” example of liberty called Afghanistan.

  5. Stick
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 8:13 am |

    If you announce in advance that you are leaving, (How many times have we done this to people?) the populace will start to make their peace with the bad guys who will be left long after Obama.

  6. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 10:04 am |

    Allen West has a comment.

  7. geezerette
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 10:45 am |

    The we’ll go back part will depend on who the CnC is.

  8. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:21 am |

    We still, after ten+ years, have failed to name the enemy (it’s not terrorism – that’s a tactic), nor have we defined what a victory and an end to the war needs to be.
    Until we do, we’re just herding cats that kill people.
    “The Marines are at war, America is at the mall” attitude combined with an open ended conflict with ridiculous ROE has to be demoralizing if not downright maddening.

  9. Colonel Jerry USMC
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:44 am |

    I endorse Allen West. He will be a part of our restoration of America`s government and attitudes.

    However, his comment that “…….we will come back w a vengence they have never seen before….” relative to A-Stan, while absolutely right regarding an American response, needs some Afghanistan context.

    What is now approximately dirt, sand, rocks and mountains containing tribes in nearly every valley has experienced two things:
    1. Since 688 AD, give or take, 10 Fucking Empires have occupied and failed to change what is now A-Stan. Lately, in terms of geologic time, the British, the Russian and American military might have also failed to make a dent in the cultural mores of these savages!

    2. In terms of the modern world, A-Stan is the last place on earth where the ages of death is 44 for men & 49 for women, literacy is 40% for men and 12% for women and the averages for annual income is $446 fucking dollars!

    The religion of Islam is the only one of many that have stuck there and it is Sunni/Sufi. The only lasting form of government is local tribal chiefs. Karzi`s national government, like all before it, ends at the gates of Kabul!

    And once we leave, he will be overthrown too, just like all the others, from Genghis Khan, to Alexander the Great, to Queen Victoria, to Gorbechov and finally to Dubya and OBoBo!

    I would hope this might somewhat answer Claire-ee`s question. In lieu of her having to spend hunnerts of hours reading the historical details of a dirty place, occupied by dirty savages…..[...as far as *little Kabul* here in Kali; nightly sprays of mosquito repellent laced with mustard gas would be my recommendation...]

    Based on my year of war college in Leavenworlth,KS w the US Army, including an Afghani major who never passed and finally never took an examination test or physical fitness test.

  10. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 11:58 am |

    Nice history in a nutshell Col. J!
    Seems to me Karzai is no more than mayor of a city, not a head of state.

  11. Lucius Severus Pertinax
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 12:09 pm |

    25 centuries of campaigning have amply demonstrated the only way to win a war in Afghanistan is to depopulate it.

  12. mojo
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm |

    I have no problem with “Afghan-Americans”, even though I hate hyphenation. But if you’re an Afghan who’s trying to move Afghanistan to the SF Bay area, turning it into a copy of the hell-hole you fled then: Yeah, I have a problem with that.

  13. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm |

    mojo (12)
    We used to call ‘em folks “invaders.”

  14. tctsunami
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm |

    “This is the definition of terrorism.”

    from comments on link.

    Well if you feel so strongly about this why are you not over there fighting for your country instead of here. Why are we carrying your water? Everyone that showed up at that protest should be parachuted back into Afganistan equipped with your oh so lethal protest signs and a bull-horn. I’m sure you’ll have the whole country under control by the end of the month.

  15. mech
    Posted March 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm |

    Classic @4:31.

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.