How bad could this get?
British and American troops in Afghanistan are to launch a major new onslaught against the Taliban within weeks.
Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said "we're going to get in there quickly" in order to "deliver a punch quickly".
The build-up would bring troop numbers in Helmand to more than 30,000 troops, the number commanders said they needed to pacify the region
Pacify the region.-that means if it is moving, shoot it. If it is standing, bomb it.
According to US sources, the New Year offensive is likely to target Marjeh.
The US marines have been keen to move on the city of 50,000.
Obviously only a small percentage of the citizens of Marjeh are "Taliban fighters"
But, still they want to pacify the region.
Shades of the pacification of Fallujah?
Securing Helmand is one of the three main priorities of Gen Stanley McChrystal, the American who commands Nato forces in Afghanistan. The others are Kandahar city and province, where the Taliban movement started in the mid-1990s, and three other southern and eastern provinces where the insurgency is flourishing.Also: Obama chats up India regarding Af-Pak Policy.( Af-Pak is Afghanistan/Pakistan.
But chatting Pakistan with India?
What is that saying about the enemy of my enemy is my friend?
US President Barack Obama telephoned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this morning to discuss his Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy. The situation in Pakistan is also said to have figured during the conversation.
" Officials said India's satisfaction was derived from the high level of Obama's commitment to stay the course in Afghanistan"
The Obama-Singh conversation had another important component for India: India's own presence and activity in Afghanistan. The Indian takeaway here is that the Pakistan "line" which, in some ways was reflected in the report prepared by the top US commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal, that Indian activities in Afghanistan could be counter-productive, was comprehensively discarded. Obama reportedly told the PM that Indian activities were not only appreciated but they should continue. India has committed almost $1.2 billion in civilian and infrastructure projects in Afghanistan, in the teeth of repeated Pakistani complaints.
General McChrystal reported that India's activities in Afghanistan were counter-productive, that reporting was comprehensively discarded by Obama.
Is the balkanization of Pakistan at hand?
It sure looks that way.
And with Pakistan out of the picture, on to Iran?