Just Reminding You That They Won Their Independence Before And Will Do It Again… → Good news from Afghanistan! The Afghanis are killing the invaders even as they retreat…
"An Afghan soldier shot a United States Army major general to death and wounded a German brigadier general and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan military service members on Tuesday at a military training academy on the outskirts of Kabul, officials of the American-led coalition said Tuesday.
The major general appeared to be the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities overseas since the Vietnam War.”
U.S. General Is Killed in Attack at Afghan Base, Officials Say, New York Times
Also see these radio commentaries (mp3 player) from Travus T. Hipp at Cabale News Service’s archive.org repository
March 29 2012 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Imagine There Are Two Soldiers In Afghanistan… A US Marine And An Afghani Being Trained By Him Who Wants To Kill Him
August 19 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Afghanistan - Just Reminding You That They Won Their Independence Before And Will Do It Again
The West is looking for a few good “Authoritarian yet secular regimes”:
"In her autobiographical work, based on her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton makes a startling statement while explaining the need for U.S. intervention around the world, despite the “dangers” to American lives. “While we can and must work to reduce the danger,” writes Ms. Clinton, “the only way to eliminate risk entirely is to retreat entirely and to accept the consequences of the void we leave behind. When America is absent, extremism takes root, our interests suffer, and our security at home is threatened” (Hard Choices, p.387, Simon & Schuster, 2014).
It is curious that Ms. Clinton thinks that extremism thrives when America is absent, as empirical facts and the patterns one can glean from them indicate that the opposite is truer. While Iraq and ISIS’ brutal advance on Baghdad is at the top of the news now, it must be remembered that each of the countries today at the centre of the world’s concerns over extremism is in fact a country that has seen direct or indirect western intervention, not western absence — Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Iraq.
Suhasini Haidar: Wars without winners, The Hindu H/t: WatchingAmerica
"There are other patterns to these interventions. In each of these countries, what the United States, along with allies sought to oust were authoritarian regimes that were secular. The Soviet-backed regimes of President Najibullah in Afghanistan, President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Qadhafi in Libya.
The movements these leaders set up were dictatorial; they controlled their people through stifling intelligence agencies, and crushed all political Islamic movements where they could. But a by-product of the secularism was that women and minorities had a more secure status under these regimes than under their Islamist and monarchist neighbours like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.
Unlike them, Mr. Assad, Qadhafi, Saddam and Najibullah had women and minorities in their cabinets, and a sense of Arab/Afghan nationalism overshadowed the sectarian divide in their countries….”