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NYT: Afghan War ‘Invigorated, Hopeful’

From a suddenly war-mongering New York Times:

[NYT caption:] A Changing War – The conflict in Afghanistan stands to become more invigorated, and hopeful, albeit perhaps more bloody, as American units push into longstanding Taliban sanctuaries. Left, a patrol towards the village of Wanat, where last year nine American soldiers were killed.

In Afghanistan, Soldiers Bridge 2 Stages of War


April 13, 2009

DANGALEEK, Afghanistan — First Lt. C. Carter Cheek stood in the Afghan rain. His patrol had climbed a switchback road leading to the Taliban-dominated village of Wanat, the location of the bloodiest battle for American forces in Afghanistan since 2005…

Lieutenant Cheek, 25, is a platoon leader for Company C of the First Battalion, 26th Infantry. In nine months in one of Afghanistan’s more violent areas, the company has been a witness to a subtly changing war.

The company arrived after a ferocious battle and in a climate of political uncertainty about the degree of commitment to the war. But it has since been issued heavier fighting vehicles, seen another battalion reinforce its efforts in the region and fought what is essentially a holding mission to prepare for a large influx of American troops that President Obama has ordered to Afghanistan later this year.

This spring, as the pace of fighting has increased with warming weather, there have not been enough American soldiers here to clear Wanat of the insurgents openly living there. But there is a sense that soon the military could be able to break the stalemate of what some soldiers, sensing that Afghanistan had long been neglected in Washington, had taken to calling “the welfare war.”

These changing expectations have made the soldiers now on the ground a bridge from the older war to a fight that stands to become more invigorated, and hopeful, albeit perhaps more bloody as American units push into longstanding Taliban sanctuaries

As the company packed for a yearlong tour, attention at the Pentagon was turning back to Afghanistan after years of focusing on Iraq…

[W]ith the decline of violence in Iraq and arrival of the Obama administration, there have been signs that priorities have shifted in the Pentagon to improve the infantry’s prospects here…

Have you ever heard the New York Times refer to the Iraq war “a fight that stands to become more invigorated, and hopeful, albeit perhaps more bloody”?

No, this is the same newspaper (of record) that assured us that the surge in Iraq would fail miserably.

But all of a sudden now this (minor) surge in Afghanistan is sure to be a resounding success.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “NYT: Afghan War ‘Invigorated, Hopeful’”

  1. proreason says:

    “But all of a sudden now this (minor) surge in Afghanistan is sure to be a resounding success. Why is that?”

    uh, Fairy Dust?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      “……all of a sudden this (minor) surge………… Why is that?”

      Uh….everybody toking on the…..um…… same joint?

    • Gila Monster says:

      Unicorns, puppies and full time clown-face painters?

  2. southern says:

    All the out of work reporters from the liberial rags need to be imbeded with the troops,

  3. pdsand says:

    I thought American military action was supposed to anger the world community, and increase the ability of the taliban to recruit. Why isn’t the paper denouncing Obama for making us weaker and more vulnerable to terrorist attack?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      pdsand……….Because when they pull their hand out of the puppets ass, they will see it has no backbone of its’ own and will never stand up on its’ own two feet!!


  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    Where do they keep finding these “montra muppets” that try to disguise themselves as journalists? Most of these idiots are no more than bootlicking propaganda specialists .. and poor one’s at that. Disgusting.

    • GL0120 says:

      Why are these idiots poor examples of bootlicking propaganda specialists? They’ve been practicing their bootlicking for years now, how long before they finally get it right?
      It’s a sad commentary on American journalism when you can’t find a decent example of bootlicking anywhere!

  5. canary says:

    Obama better make sure they have more air support, since there are more ground troops. I hope our soldiers don’t have to call him Obomi for permission every two seconds.
    I think Sean Penn, Rosie O’Donnel, Madonna, should go over there and help. They should do a fundraiser and send care packages, at least.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I wouldn’t let these three communist dog and pony show emcees affix their name to anything that has to do with our fine military.

      On second thought …… I would let them burn and stir the “Latrine” (shitter) barrels. A job they are well quailfied and over paid for!!!!

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