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The *Other* War- Taliban Defeated? No. And US Military Commitment Becoming a Burden

27 May 2007 at 9:24:04 AM


Remember that ha-ha moment when Bush said the Taliban had been defeated? (Sept 27, 2004) -" And as a result of the United States military, Taliban no longer is in existence. And the people of Afghanistan are now free. " He's like the drunk guy at the party that tells tall tales he hopes nobody will remember when everyone sobers up. Apparently it's still so bad that the US asked Japan to kick in some helicopters and increase THEIR presence in Afghanistan. Japan- part of the Coalition of the Unwilling.

The United States and Britain called on Japan in February to send a military helicopter unit to Afghanistan to help the two countries maintain security there, Japanese and U.S. diplomatic sources said Friday.

The request is apparently for a Ground Self-Defense Force helicopter unit centered on large CH-47 choppers. The aircraft would transport U.S. and British troops and provide supplies for them..

The request from the U.S. and Britain apparently signals a desire for Japan to increase its participation in their military operations in Afghanistan amid continued security concerns in the area.

More on those security concerns on the next post.

It also means the prolonged U.S. military commitment in Afghanistan and Iraq is becoming a serious burden on the U.S. military.

Now, mind you, this is not what *I* am saying, although I believe it, too, but what Japan is saying.

Even after the Defense Ministry official turned down the request, expectations remained high on the part of the United States for Japan to participate in the operation, prompting Tokyo to convey its reluctance to U.S. President George W. Bush via Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their summit last month, they said.

Japan didn't get the chance to TELL Bush they didn't want in. Yuh-huh.

The planned reply was not conveyed because Bush did not broach the issue during their talks at Camp David outside Washington, the sources said.

So, the Japanese don't bring up subjects like this unless Bush does first? Maybe it's a cultural thing?

It is legally possible to send a GSDF chopper unit under the special antiterrorism measures law that was drawn up for Japan's participation in the war, but the dispatch would force Tokyo to a make risky political bet, given the lingering security concerns in Afghanistan, one source said.

Apparently the anti-terrorism measures law that Japan passed has them, not supplying PEOPLE, but fuel and water to the US and *other coalition forces*

The Maritime Self-Defense Force has been providing free fuel and water to warships from the U.S. and other coalition forces in the Indian Ocean since December 2001 to support antiterrorism operations in Afghanistan under the special law

And they just don't want to pony up PEOPLE, just water and diesel.

Oh, and on the *defeated* Taliban. They're still around.

The Taliban has launched a new operation targeting government and foreign forces in Afghanistan, a spokesman said Sunday, as two policemen died in an ambush in the volatile south.

Purported Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said the group’s leaders announced the beginning of operation “Kamin,” or “Ambush.”

“In this operation, we will target our enemies and use our tactics — suicide bombs, remote-controlled (roadside bombs) and ambushes — against occupying forces and the government,” Ahmadi said by satellite phone from an undisclosed location. “We start this operation today in all of Afghanistan.”

After a winter lull in violence, militant attacks and military operations have surged. NATO and the U.S.-led coalition stepped up operations in the early spring, hoping to pre-empt a spring offensive by militants that threatened the already-shaky grip of President Hamid Karzai’s government.

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