President Obama asks for more troop options

Tick Tock Tick Tock…..

Obama seeking options on forces

President looks to send fewer additional troops

So these meeting so far have produce……um… nothing?


Halloween movies

My favorites

Dracula – original Bela lagosi

Frankenstein – original Boris Karlof

The Mummy – original and the updated one

Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein – I mean come on this is great stuff

Yes I like the old stuff.  The newer horror, not so much.

ANA Recruiting issues

Here you go Chuck, I just seen this.

There hasn’t been a single recruit in a month and a half. 

Update:  Wrong link.  Updated to correct link.

Recruits for the Afghan Public Protection Force are usually sent to Laghman to be trained by American Special Forces. “There hasn’t been a single recruit for more than a month and a half,” General Agha said. “More than a hundred people were rounded up and sent to the training centre, but the commander in charge told me they ran away. Iran opened the border [in the west] and they all thought it was better to go abroad.”

One Tribe at a time – Blackfive UJ

Another interesting post.  This concept is interesting although I don’t know if the higher ups would ever buy into.  From a SF Teams perspective it works but regualar army?  Something to think about.

There is an amazing paper out by a Special Forces officer MAJ Jim Gant about how to win in Afghanistan which Grim references in the post below. It comes from his team’s personal experiences and it is absolutely spot on. All of his ideas are well-grounded in reality and all of his strategic concepts reflect the best possible solutions to an incredibly difficult problem. I only wish there was a chance in hell they would be adopted. You can read his paper here and I highly recommend it.

Check out Uncle Jimbos post then the paper. 

Afghan Army issue

Strategypage and an interesting outlook on why we can’t grow the Afghan Army.  Give it a look.

Then there is the illiteracy problem (most recruits, like most Afghans, can’t read). Afghanistan is finding that illiteracy is a growing problem in the army. Only about 25 percent of recruit are literate. While this can be ignored for the lower ranking troops, NCOs need to read. Illiterate recruits also take longer to train, and more effort to work with. The U.S. has provided an intensive literacy course for troops, which gets most of them to basic (“functional”) literacy within a year. In addition to being able to read signs and maps, the newly semi-literate troops are taught to sign their names, and write out the serial number of their weapon. Illiterate troops selected for promotion to sergeant (NCO), are given more literacy training. That’s because being able to read and write has long been a critical asset for any army. The Roman Empire, at its height 1800 years ago, had an army over 100,000 troops, a third of which were literate. But with modern armies, an abundance of technology makes literacy even more necessary. The Afghans can get by without it, but can do a lot better with it.

Having been there and worked with the ANA it seems pretty accurate and something not often heard in the everyday analysis of Afghanistan.

Humm H1N1…. interesting

If you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or “swine flu” in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu.

In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all. That’s according to state-by-state test results obtained in a three-month-long CBS News investigation.

The ramifications of this finding are important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Britain’s National Health Service, once you have H1N1 flu, you’re immune from future outbreaks of the same virus. Those who think they’ve had H1N1 flu — but haven’t — might mistakenly presume they’re immune. As a result, they might skip taking a vaccine that could help them, and expose themselves to others with H1N1 flu under the mistaken belief they won’t catch it. Parents might not keep sick children home from school, mistakenly believing they’ve already had H1N1 flu.

Interesting no????