A Counter-Productive Strategy in Afghanistan
The real blame for all this horrible killing and maiming must rest with those who engineer wars to advance the agendas of puny plutocratic minorities and their hangers-on throughout the political-media-military-industrial complex. Too bad that it is not they who pay in the flesh for such crimes, but those who are their victims, including far too many indoctrinated American soldiers.—Eds.
by SHERWOOD ROSS
Even though it has spent at least $60 billion to destroy them, the Pentagon is losing the battle to combat the Improvised Explosive Devices(IEDs), which have accounted for two out of every three U.S. casualties in Iraq and Iran. This won’t stop the Pentagon, though, from spending another $10.1 billion on them next year as it struggles to reduce the human toll the IEDs are taking in its longest-ever war.
While 10 to 15 percent of the IEDs that go off maim or kill U.S. soldiers, “The statistical likelihood of (an enemy) being killed or hurt while planting a bomb was close to zero”, writes Andrew Cockburn in the November issue of Harper’s magazine. By May, 2007, he reported, some 70,000 IEDs were planted in Iraq alone. Continue reading »
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