By Col. Khrushchev (ret) STAFF WRITER/Editor
Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, who is in charge of strategic communication & info ops in Afghanistan, has valiantly tried to present the past of the Operation Moshtarak as another Iwo Jima or Stalingrad battle – with a little help from designated imbeds.
Under his supervision, C.J. Chivers lulls his readers into ‘feels good’ day-dreaming about Marja success story.
If anything, I enjoy this terrific sequel about Taliban marksmanship fables much more than the average civilian couch potato because I relate to it as any Soviet & American vets who have been on the receiving end of ‘freedom fighters’ fire.
Instead, it would be more appropriate to have a total recall of general Schvartskopf’s indignation, when Papa Bush stopped him dead in his tracks one click away from Baghdad during Desert Storm, because his Langley analysts predicted an imminent fall of Saddam’s regime. And you know the price in goodwill, blood & treasure America has paid during the second Iraqi invasion to rectify the blunder.
The significance of Operation Moshtarak transcends the dueling skills between US Marines and local drug farmers, casually called the Taliban, because Marja is, first & foremost, about narco-profiteering for national insurgency and transnational terrorism, sitting pretty (that’s right, they don’t hide out) in their lairs right across the border.
Sugarcoating the past to conceal the present
To back up a gag order on chemical WMD in Marja, Admiral Smith would plant any story in the media meat grinder, come hell or high water, just to conceal one thing – US Marines have been kidnapped by an Afghan viceroy, first as witnesses, then as accomplices, and finally, as the scapegoats of CIA and State Department Drug Management Strategy. For the meantime, Helmand & Kandahar are about to erupt now and then with a new toxic plume of opium poppy harvesting – to be followed by cannabis planting.
The fog of the future
I hope that general McChrystal, to avoid the tragedy of general Schvartskopf, will revolt from the Holbrooke yoke and will issue an order to bomb, bulldoze or defoliate all twin-killing fields of opium & cannabis at one fell swoop all across Afghanistan in the crucial days of April.
Colonel Evgeny Khrushchev, editorial board member of Veterans Today is also is the military analyst at Russia Today (RT)
Contrary to the family tradition, he didn’t apply to Vladivostok Navy Academy to join the Pacific Fleet but enrolled in the Red Banner Institute specializing in Central Asian affairs.
PSYOPS officer of the 56th Airborne Assault Brigade in Gardez, Paktia, Democratic Republic of Afghanistan First Secretary of the Russian Embassy in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The Russian Airborne peace-keeping mission under the aegis of UNPROFOR.
The United States
The main mission: to promote rapport & rapprochement between Russian & American veterans, in close cohesion with US military attaché General Reppert and Special Forces General Metaxis.
* Led the 1st delegation of Soviet-Afghan Vets to the US at the invitation of VVA & VVC
* Addressed SOLIC Command and JFK Special Warfare School
* Consulted CBS 60 Minutes on the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan
* Interviewed by ABC 20/20 and Discovery Channel
* Featured by France Press, Boston Globe and USN& WR during the 1st Moscow putsch.
Inspired by Chinese strategy, Persian Sufi poetry and British cats; addicted to Country & Blues and muscle cars.
Favorite personal/personnel carrier – KA-50 Black Shark, due to financial & social constraints, settled for KTM 950 SM.