JK: Interesting developments, conveyed via email from Trent Telenko. See also Winds of Change.NET's previous coverage of the U.S. Marines' experiences with Small Wars, and especially their Combined Action Platoon program in Vietnam. This program is reminiscent of both. It's also another step toward the Cuban paramilitary aid model I've been advocating. On the flip side, U.S. casualties will rise in Afghanistan. Expect the hysteria to begin soon afterward. Ft. Apache, Afghanistan by Trent Telenko A number of Afghans have called for the expansion of US Army Provincial Reconstruction Teams into Pashtun dominated Southern Afghanistan. They're about to get their wish, as part of Lt. Gen. David Barno's next phase strategy for that war. A series of (isolated and soon to be overworked) PRTs are to be set up in the South along the Afghan-Pakistani border. These mini-Ft. Apaches are going to be staked goats to draw in the Taliban. Whether they are going to bleeding ulcers (for both sides?) or anvils for the Jihadies to break their collective heads against will soon be found out. BTW, the American military does not think much of the NGO bug out that is underway in Afghanistan that caused this PRT move:
"Aid groups worry that their attempts to remain independent in the eyes of Afghans, including Taliban sympathizers, has been compromised by U.S. involvement in delivering assistance. But Barno suggested it was time for relief groups to accept that they could not be neutral after a stream of deliberate attacks on de-miners and well-diggers, and said he hoped aid workers would return to Pashtun areas. "They probably have to, and they are, realizing that they are now operating in a different world," he said."They do, and most have chosen to be hostile. As Exhibit A, please compare and contrast what these international NGOs did in the just as dangerous Somalia after the UN armed aid mission left, and compare it to the bug outs from Iraq and Afghanistan. I have said numerous times over on Winds of Change that international aid NGOs are parasites on international disorder, and that the American military's mission to eliminate that disorder made the American military the NGOs' enemy. For the American military to fulfill its mission means the elimination of the work international NGOs do. Previous articles here on Winds have noted: * Amnesty's Moral Bankruptcy * Silence from Amnesty & Human Rights Watch The U.S. Military has noticed, too, as I mentioned in these 2 articles: * U.S. Military - Back to the Future! * US to International NGOs -- Drop Dead In the face of NGOs who would rather oppose America than do their jobs, the U.S. military is drawing the appropriate lessons as predicted. In short, the American military and government is learning from both defeats and victories and applying those lessons to the current battlefield. The same cannot be said of our enemies ï¿½ a roster that includes most international NGOs.