Military News Hightlights: January 12, 2011

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Bombs targeting Afghan intelligence service kill 6

How ironic that intelligence officials can be targeted so readily in Kabul by a suicide bomber.  That kind of intelligence is supposed to be secret. You know, the fact that there are intelligence service employees and a top intelligence official in a specific vehicle in downtown Kabul.  Coincidence?  Nah.  Inside information of a personnel manifest in a vehicle on a specific route at a certain time was passed along.  That’s pretty good intelligence if you ask me.

And weren’t we recently told how safe and secure Kabul is and that Haqqani network operations were hobbled and not capable of direct action in the capital?

US military chief: Enemy in Afghanistan is losing

Out of one end, Admiral “Happy Talk” Mullen chortles that the enemy in Afghanistan is losing and “will continue to lose”.  And out of the other end, chortles how severe the difficult task of winning is.   And for certain victory, all roads lead to Pakistan, specifically that success in Afghanistan requires Pakistan to shut down “safe havens.”

So how exactly are US/NATO COIN and the surge shutting down “safe havens” in Pakistan?  And since the threat emanates from these safe havens with impunity, how is it exactly that they are losing?  More happy talk.  Plain and simple.

Adm. Mike Mullen observes disconnect between U.S. military and broader public

Admiral Mullen, the senior US military officer, lamented yesterday that “America doesn’t know its military and the United States military doesn’t know America.”

What America does or doesn’t know about its military is an open question, but to say that the US military “doesn’t know America” is flat out ridiculous.

Give the burden and sacrifice that one-percent of the uniform wearing populace bears, I’m pretty sure that on a daily basis servicemembers, world-wide, look on their right sleeve and see the stars and stripes.  They know.  They don’t forget.

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