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- Published: Monday, 15 March 2010 01:06
15 March 2010
In David Galula’s 1964 book, Counterinsurgency Warfare, THEORY AND PRACTICE, he states:
“The ideal situation for the insurgent would be a large, land-locked country, shaped like a blunt-tipped star, with jungle-covered mountains along the borders and scattered swamps along the plains, in a temperate zone with a large and dispersed rural population and a primitive economy.”
Mr. Galula described Afghanistan almost perfectly. Instead of jungle-covered mountains are some of the most extreme folds on Planet Earth: The “abode of snow,” the Himalaya. Afghan elevations dwarf Mount Rainier, and make the great Colorado Rockies look like the Pygmy Snow Hills. Meanwhile, down in Kandahar and Helmand Provinces, Galula’s “swamps” are the “Green Zones,” where most of the current fighting occurs.
Yet the experienced Mr. Galula omitted a crucial factor describing the Afghan war: A heavily armed, warring amalgam of peoples, some of whose national sport and pastime is guerrilla war. British officer John Masters variously described in “Bugles and a Tiger: My life in the Gurkhas” that life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for Afghans includes vendettas, guerrilla warfare and lots of guns.
This weekend, on Saturday night, mass murderers struck. Taliban terrorists used bombs and other weapons in Kandahar City to murder about 35 people. They wounded another five dozen, and damaged about forty homes, according to reports. Enthusiasm to commit wholesale murder is one of the enemy’s prime weaknesses.
About 12 miles from the suicide attacks on Saturday night, is the runway at Kandahar Airfield, where operations continue every minute of the day.
Recently, two Belgian F-16s taxied to the runway, engines roaring, like a dragon with a foot caught in a trap. The first pilot rolled from the hanger area then parked just off the runaway. Under the cockpit, the single engine sucked air and dust, mixing oxygen with fuel, as combusted gases shot from the nozzle, bending light on the runway.
While the Belgian fighters wait, a Russian jet from parts unknown roars in, screeches down, and rolls far down the runway. It’s time for the F-16 to launch, prepared to bring space-aged, often satellite-guided weapons, to stone-aged enemies who sometimes are so uneducated that they don’t understand how to impregnate their wives. For some, their only sexual experiences are with boys, men, and animals. In years gone by, many people seemed to imagine suicide attackers were the ultimate expression of commitment. Today, we see suicide attackers for what they are: Stooges. Ignorant suicide bombers are not brave martyrs, but gullible Man Dogs trained to fetch myths. The Taliban select and condition Man Dogs as precision guided weapons. They are myth guided munitions.
A windsock speaks for the wind while lights speak for the dust.
Part scream and part roar, the whining engine creates a painful mixture of noises as the first Belgian F-16 rolls into start position.
When the pilot throttles up, the engine stops screaming. The rumble can be heard from miles away.
Scorching gases bend light, creating ephemeral beauty lasting only seconds in the dark Afghan night.
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This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoWOW! What amazing pictures...... transports me right to where i can almost hear what you describe.
Thank you for sharing with the world and for the constant updates. You have to know I'm probably your biggest fan in the entire WWW...........
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoMr. Yon,
I am CPT Sean Michaelson, the 572nd Military Intelligence Company Commander, 5/2 ID (SBCT), and author of the "Guerrilla Hunter Killer FM" that my guys showed you a couple of weeks ago. Today was a big day, we sent it to several members of the intelligence community IOT get the word out that we really need to re-exaime how we have been defining the enemy. Our deployment is coming to an end soon, and the surge is coming, so the more we can get our method out there the better. Is our wat the right way, maybe not, but I hope to spawn thought on the subject. Let me know the best way to get you the most updated version, and if you get a chance I would love the opportunity to discuss in person.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoHi Michael, your post is so odd to think about... even a dog knows how to impregnate a bitch... our culture is so inundated with "sex education" (using that term loosely, of course) that it's hard to comprehend not knowing certain things... definition of non-renewable resource, though...;
Please make sure that Stary, stary night gets in your photos for sale section... it's quite fetching. Thanks for all you work. Please stay safe. Will continue to pray for you.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoCPT Michaelson,
I thought that presentation was classified, so I didn't say anything. Was most excellent. Please give it to me in digits and will publish for the world.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoAfghanistan is an Islamic State - read the Afghan Constitution. Mike - Your Islamist cultural comments confirm all our research. In Northern Afghanistan there is whats called the Baakah Bareesh which is Afghani men collecting young boys with pom poms on their shoes as a display of wealth, tribal power positioning, and homosexual parties.
How do you win the hearts and minds of a people who view the U.S. & allies as trying to destroy Islam. This is what's taught in the Mosques in all the house of Islam. The answer is you can't and won't ever win the hearts and minds of the Afghani, Iraqi, Yemini, Saudi, Bosnian, Somali, etc... Islamist world.
Political Islam has declared war on America and are actively winning the hearts and minds of the American people with every accommodation to the Islamists yielding to Sharia Law in America. I know this is another topic but two wars are being fought Bombs and bullets in Afghanistan/Iraq and a Stealth Jihad in America.
Know your enemy and Know yourself better and victory is assured.
ACT! For America
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoMichael,
I am glad you enjoyed the briefing. I took great lenghts to write the GH/K template unclassified on purpose, so it can used to define the enemy in guerrilla conflicts around the globe, not just here in Afghanistan. Only once the template is applied does it become classified.
If you are on KAF, Mr. Wilson has it waiting for you. If not I have it on my NIPR, just need to know the best way for you to recieve. If you can shoot me an email to the NIPR address I provided to post this I can respond back with it.
Thank-You very much
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoWell, that diddy 'bout the sex thing made me LOL!!! Its a damn shame too. I guess thats why they herd goat and sheep. You push one towards a cliff, and bada bing it backs up..LOL!! There must be some nice tree stumps, don't wanna leave the horses "unattended"...
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years ago"The art, a heat painting on canvas of air and dust, conjured Van Gogh’s Starry Night for a private audience, and disappeared forever."
No it didn't. Like a lot of things that otherwise would have in Iraq and Afghanistan, but for your reporting.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoThat opening quote from Galula also describes perfectly a region that will never have economic independence. Even if AF was able to develop a manufacturing industry, it would be hostage to PK for trading access to the sea. If the US-Coalition succeeds in bringing AF to heel, by breaking it, who will own it then?
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoMichael, I re-read what you wrote about the Belgian plane and the Russian plane, and I still understood you to be saying the Belgian plane was bringing supplies for our allies, followed by the Russian plane bringing weapons for our enemies!! It was mentioned in a rather subtle fashion, so correct me if I'm wrong. Why aren't we and our allies STOPPING those Russian terrorist-enablers??!!
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoBeautiful pictures. You've got a good eye.
Seems a lot of people are not getting support in the northwest, from what I hear. I read your letter as well, and read between the lines. Fortunately I don't have people up there, but unfortunately others do. I wish them good fortune. Mike if it weren't for you, the author and reporter, not blogger, and Bill Roggio, we'd be lost.
The men using boys for sex and not knowing how to get their wives pregnant is quit true. My husband has busted a bunch of compounds where he's found small rooms full of young boys, used only for sex. It's part of their culture that needs to be changed. I accept most cultures for what they are, but that's too much.
@Jodie, I may be wrong now, but earlier, maybe a year or so ago, the Russians were air dropping food to SF in the Kush. I doubt they'd be allowed at land at KAF if they were smuggling weapons. I don't know if that's changed or not.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoJodie - the F-16 is the Belgian fighter. It's delivering those weapons to our enemies pointy-side first. The Russian plane is the big one in the background, probably a transport hired out by coalition forces to bring supplies to the base. It is of Russian make, but isn't necessarily piloted by Russians.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoWhy are there sidewinder air-to-air missiles in the F-16 loadout? There's no enemy air force in the airspace is there? Maybe for anti-enemy drone shots?
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoGreat photos that show the daily--hourly activity at a very busy airbase.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoMIKE: THIS MIGHT NOT BE THE RIGHT PLACE BUT, HERE GOES: MIKE; HAVE YOU READ THE ARMY TIMES 2 WEEKS AGO? WHY IS THE ARMY STILL PLAYING WITH THE "SO-CALLED, P.C." GREEN ROUND 5.56? (LEAD FREE) WHILE THE MARINES AND S.F. HAVE OPTED FOR THE SOSC (SPECIAL OPERATIONS SCIENCE & TECHNOLGY) 5.56 ROUND? SEE PAGE 18; 8 MARCH ARMY TIMES. MORE ACCURATE, MUCH MORE PENETRATION, MORE STOPPING POWER,AND DOES NOT MELT IN VERY HOT CLIMATES! BECAUSE THE ARMY IS STILL WAITING (SINCE 2007 AND 2 MILLION DOLLARS LATER)FOR THIS "ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY" BULLET, (NO LEAD) IT IS STILL USING THE SORRY, SORRY :M-855 ROUND, 5.56. WITH THE 52 GRAIN VS THE 62 GRAIN BULLET SOST RD.. THE ARTICLE PROVIDES A GREAT EXAMPLE FROM THE 82ND. AIRBORNE, 2ND BRIGADE WHERE OVER 400 ROUNDS WERE SHOT AT A TRUCK IN A EFFORT TO STOP IT, AND BECAUSE OF THE NEXT TO ZERO PENETRATION OF THE M-855 ROUND, THE DRIVER WAS NOT EVEN SCRATCHED! 2 SAWS IN A "PERFECT CRISS CROSS FIRE" AND M-4s WERE USED. ALL FIRING THE OLD M-855 ROUND. THE VEHICLE STOPPED WITH IN 10 METERS OF THE TROOPS AND THE DRIVER WAS : "COMPLETLY UNSCATHED" (QUOTE THE THEN SQUAD LEADER SSG. GILLIS) FURTHER INSPECTION REVEALED THAT THE M-855 AMMO HAD FAILED TO PENETRATE THE VEHICLES WINDSHIELD DESPITE OVER 400 ROUNDS OF M-855, 5.56 BEING FIRED AT THE TRUCK AT EXTREAMLY CLOSE RANGE AND ON TARGET! THE WELL WRITTEN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY MATT COX; EVEN INCLUDED GRAPHS AND CHARTS SHOWING THE VAST DIFFRENCE'S BETWEEN THESE 2 ROUNDS.
SOUNDS LIKE "TASK FORCE SMITH" ALL OVER AGAIN; WHERE OUR GUYS SHOWED UP WITH FAR INFERIOR WEAPONS AND AMMO THAN DID THE INVADERS IN KOREA, JULY 50.
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! I'M SURE YOU ARE MAKING ERNIE PYLE PROUD! YOU ARE ME!
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoEd,
I asked the same thing. Showed the photos to an A-10 pilot. Bottom line: no specific reason to his knowledge. Just a couple of "just in case" missiles on the wingtips.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years ago"Why are there sidewinder air-to-air missiles in the F-16 loadout? There's no enemy air force in the airspace is there? Maybe for anti-enemy drone shots?"
Its not beyond the realms of possibility that Iran could try and force down a plane it accuses of entering its airspace.
Bit like the British Naval Party that they siezed a few years back
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoPossible they carry those air to air missiles to shoot down any rogue UAVs. (Pure speculation. Will ask next time I see an F16 pilot.)
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoIts interesting to see Soviet era hellicopters and transports sharing an airport with late cold war NATO planes and GWOT era, 21st centuary drones.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoIf you want to see beauty, poetry and imagery together there is no better place then the deck of an aircraft carrier while it is engaged in nighttime launch and recovery operations. They say the most dangerous place in the world is the deck of a carrier. You have to be there to understand why. I spent some time on "The Big E"...the USS Enterprise, the fleet starship..words aren't enough to describe what happens on a carrier for all hands from the cooks and bakers to the aircraft fuel and weapons handlers...
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoLast October, as the killing had begun in earnest, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions Philip Alston warned:
My concern is that these drones, these Predators, are being operated in a framework which may well violate international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
The onus is really on the government of the United States to reveal more about the ways in which it makes sure that arbitrary executions, extrajudicial executions, are not in fact being carried out through the use of these weapons. The Rogue Nation
By Philip Girald
March 11, 2010 "Antiwar" -- In spite of the fact that the United States faces no enemy anywhere in the world capable of opposing it on a battlefield, the Defense budget for 2011 will go up 7.1 percent from current levels. A lot of the new spending will be on drones, America’s latest contribution to western civilization, capable of surveilling large areas on the ground and delivering death from the skies. It is a peculiarly American vision of warfare, with a "pilot" sitting at a desk half a world away and pressing a button that can kill a target far below
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoAll hail Predators and Reapers.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoBeautiful stuff. Educational too.
But... "Hangar" Michael... hangar!
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoMichael, you characterizatize of suicide bombers as "gullible Man Dogs trained to fetch myths. The Taliban select and condition Man Dogs as precision guided weapons. They are myth guided munitions." I believe that is the kind of brutally frank language that arises from your direct experience of the war and makes you such a valuable reporter. Most editors would soften that for domestic consumption and something important would be lost. For example, I now recognize that is what I saw in Fareed Zakaria's documentary on the Mumbai attacks. It was significant that the one surviving myth guided munition was broken when confronted at the morgue with the stinking, rotting bodies of his fellow jihadis. They did not smell like perfume as promised by his trainers and that is what broke the hold of the myth. By bringing us real accounts of war you give us the opportunity to come to therms with the harsh reality we face.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoWhat great photos Mike. They are simply terrific. Your site is so unique and informative, the only one I am aware of. Thanks again from an admiring & grateful American.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoThere is a simple reason for the sidewinders. The F-16 was designed to have the wingtip missiles in place and actually has LESS drag with them installed than not. It would be odd to see an F-16 without either sidewinders or AMRAAMs loaded.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoBeautiful photos, Mike. This old war dog sits at home and wonders if there's any way to help. My continued prayers for you are a start. As soon as I can get out from under a couple of other people's obligations, there will be a check or three also.
I was especially glad to see the Afghan Air Force Hip-C in the photo with the Reaper. As you say, quite a difference from the last time I was interested in Afghanistan, during the Soviet Occupation.
I'm a retired NCO, and a former imagery analyst. If there's anything I can do to help you, just ask.
Michael A. Weatherford
MSgt, USAF, Retired
Colorado Springs, CO
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoHow sad for the young boys victimized by the sick and perverted sodomites of Islam. Is is any wonder that followers of the evil prophet of the old babyalonian moon god allah who was a murderer of those who did not submit to his doctrin of suppression and thievery and child molester of a nine year old girl would do such things. God damn the evil dogs who would do such things. Michael please continue to inform America of the truth about its ememy and do your best to plant seeds of action in the minds of our military men to rise up and arrest the treasonist infidels in congress and the white house.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoYou were almost sane until the end.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoFrom upthread: "I still understood you to be saying the Belgian plane was bringing supplies for our allies, followed by the Russian plane bringing weapons for our enemies!!"
We've been using Antonov Design Bureau AN-124s to haul MRAPs and now M-ATVs into Iraq and Afghanistan for years now. They are subcontracted through Atlas Air, an American carrier and member of the Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF). This arrangement frees up our C-17s and C-5s for other duties.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoCan provide you with .mil if needed. Thanks! I'm not hard to find.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoAllahu ackbar!
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoCan I get a copy of the Guerrilla Hunter Killer Fm? Sounds interesting. I would like to see what our forward-thinking leaders are coming up with now. Maybe I can pull some fresh ideas for our guys.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoFor those of you that read Micheal's comment "For some, their only sexual experiences are boys,men and animals" you should know that statement is 100% percent correct. Since he did go into great detail I will provide with the information that you need to see this for youself.
In 1979 when the Shah of Iran was being replaced by Ayatollah Khomeini many in Iran had not followed the teachings of Islam. This book of rules was written to show everyone within Iran what was going to be expected of them.
For those of you that thought this wasnt the case are in for a rude awakening and I suggest you begin your enlightment by reading the book of rules yourself. I will warn you now that this is offensive and many will not be able to finish this reading.
The article can be found at http://www.weaselzippers.net The article was written on /15/2010 and is titled "RELIGION OF EVIL: IRAN'S AYATOLLAH'S KHOMIENI'S BOOK OF RULES FOR HAVING SEX WITH CHILDREN AND ANIMALS".
This is real and is not a joke! Micheal has told you about it, now read how these man dogs practice it. I can assure you that you will come away with a whole new feeling for Islam and what it stands for.
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoFolks, I am no fan of the Taliban, but they were rabid when it came to Ayatollah Khomeni and his followers in Iran: ie the Taliban took a northern Afghan city and butchered the Iranian diplomats in it, claiming Iran was helping those opposed to them and that Iran had not respected diplomatic immunity in 1979 so why should expect it. As to child rape (boys mainly), one of the reasons that Mullah Omar got such a following was his standing up to those warlords engaging in mass rape of boys, in front of their parents. Also, there have been a few times in Kabul when a child rapists has had a wall turned over on top of him in public (how they get this punishment is beyond me?). If the man survives he is set free. So yes, the Taliban is brutal to women and allows very young marriage of girls (ie in the Moslem world for what ever reason a families honor seems to be located between the legs of their women), but when it comes to child rape of boys and the growing of opium when the Taliban was in power, they had put a stop to it. And not just a stop to it by those who were poor and powerless, but everyone. This still does not change the fact that they were extremely cruel and brought the wrath of the US down on themselves by their own acts.
Jack E. Hammond
This commment is unpublished.· 11 years agoFolks, That large aircraft is a AN-124 which is in the same class as t he USAF C-5s. It is huge. One six engine version is the largest aircraft in the world. They are all now in civilian charter use, flagged out of Ukraine. The Russian AN-124s have caused a serious problem between Congress and the USAF. Congress wants to know why the USAF has to spend so much money charter of the AN-124. The USAF chief of staff made it clear that it would be almost impossible logistically for the US/NATO to operate in Afghanistan without those charters. What upsets Congress is why the USAF is chartering about every hour that the AN-124s have for freight lifts, when at the same time they want to kill some funding for modernizing the C-5s they have, in favor of building more C-17s which can not come close to filling the role the C-5 does (in heavy freight flights between the US and Afghanistan, the C-5 can do it without air to air refueling, where the C-17 requires massive tanker support and even then for ton-mile it is expensive to use the C-17 -- and NO the C-17 was not designed to replace the C-5, it was designed to replace the C-141).
Jack E. Hammond
This commment is unpublished.· 10 years agoParts of Afghanistan reminds me of Vietnam after agent orange was used during de-foliage operations. So at least we now know that the de-foliage operations would not have made it any easier defeating the insurgency in Vietnam.
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