How did the AFG Surge work out?

You can make your own call.  There will be many who will say that there were more attacks because ISAF was in more areas with more people (targets).  The “Danger Room” has their assessment based on ISAF’s own report.

Military’s Own Report Card Gives Afghan Surge an F

…The U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan ended last week. Conditions in Afghanistan are mostly worse than before it began.

That conclusion doesn’t come from anti-war advocates. It relies on data recently released by the NATO command in Afghanistan, known as ISAF, and acquired by Danger Room. According to most of the yardsticks chosen by the military — but not all — the surge in Afghanistan fell short of its stated goal: stopping the Taliban’s momentum

…The chart above measures the various attacks the Taliban and associated insurgents launched against NATO forces, month by month. In August 2009, the peak of the fighting season and the height of the internal Obama administration debate over a troop surge, insurgents attacked U.S. and allied troops — using small-arms fire, homemade bombs, mortars and more — approximately 2,700 times. In August 2012, they attacked just shy of 3,000 times.

In August 2009, insurgents used just under 600 homemade bombs on U.S.-aligned forces. They used just over 600 homemade bombs on U.S.-aligned forces in August 2012.

The same trend holds for every other month in 2009 compared to every month in 2012 for which there is data: The insurgency launched more attacks this year. In some cases, substantially more: insurgents attacked about 2,000 times in July 2009 and a shade over 3,000 times in July 2012. ISAF registered about 475 attacks from homemade bombs in July 2009; and about 625 in July 2012…

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Mohammad cartoons and movies

11th ACR has asked when I’ll comment on the anti-Muslim movie and the Mohammad cartoons from a French Magazine. Ok, I’ll see what I can do here.

First I don’t believe the current riots and protest have much to do with this little known or seen YouTube video. I haven’t seen it or care to. My general feeling at this time is that these protest a bit more organized than they appear. Islamist have seen an opening, a weakness and are pressing their perceived advantage. This has been expected by those of us watching this for many years. If the west continues to placate and apologize then we will continue to see these types of actions.

That said there are many in the region that will look for and find any reason to riot against the west. As Charles Krauthammer said the other day, the response from the west should be, go to hell. We don’t and should not ever give up the ideas of free speech because of a culture of five year olds.

So does that mean the French magazines that published Mohammad cartoon are correct? Yes, all people, all religions are subject to questioning, to jokes or mockery. A strong person or religion just shrugs it off or may discuss the issues but never approves of destruction or violence upon others. A grown-up laughs it off, especially if it’s a funny joke, and just moves on.

What will happen now? I don’t know. What I will say is that in history the United States has been misread many times. The US has been underestimated over and over. It will be again. Unfortunately our foreign policy is in disarray and the chances of more attacks should be expected.

US Ambassador to Libya killed

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other American staff members were killed Tuesday in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi, the White House confirmed. President Obama, in a written statement issued Wednesday morning, called the attack "outrageous" and "senseless."

Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was killed Tuesday night when he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff. The protesters, angry over a film that ridiculed Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, were firing gunshots and rocket-propelled grenades.

It’s a damn shame but then that’s how well appeasement works.

What can you say to that?

U.S. embassy in Cairo apologizes for “abuse of free speech” after protesters tear down American flag

The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions. Today, the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans are honoring our patriots and those who serve our nation as the fitting response to the enemies of democracy. Respect for religious beliefs is a cornerstone of American democracy. We firmly reject the actions by those who abuse the universal right of free speech to hurt the religious beliefs of others