Sunday, March 14, 2010

Photo of the Day

Created by The Sniper, from a Reuters photo. (Hat tip: Greyhawk).


The Marines are pushing into previously ignored Taliban enclaves. They have set up a first-of-its-kind school to train police officers. They have brought in a Muslim chaplain to pray with local mullahs and deployed teams of female Marines to reach out to Afghan women.

The Marine approach -- creative, aggressive and, at times, unorthodox -- has won many admirers within the military. The Marine emphasis on patrolling by foot and interacting with the population, which has helped to turn former insurgent strongholds along the Helmand River valley into reasonably stable communities with thriving bazaars and functioning schools, is hailed as a model of how U.S. forces should implement counterinsurgency strategy.

But the Marines' methods, and their insistence that they be given a degree of autonomy not afforded to U.S. Army units, also have riled many up the chain of command in Kabul and Washington, prompting some to refer to their area of operations in the south as "Marineistan." They regard the expansion in Delaram and beyond as contrary to the population-centric approach embraced by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, and they are seeking to impose more control over the Marines.

The U.S. ambassador in Kabul, Karl W. Eikenberry, recently noted that the international security force in Afghanistan feels as if it comprises 42 nations instead of 41 because the Marines act so independently from other U.S. forces.

"We have better operational coherence with virtually all of our NATO allies than we have with the U.S. Marine Corps," said a senior Obama administration official involved in Afghanistan policy.

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Blogger Chuck said...

You can't win with these people. Obama wants a PR campaign in Afghanistan so we can be "nice" to the terrorists. The Marines are putting on a good face and the administration bitches. Bottom line, they have disdain for the military and cannot be pleased by them.

Great graphic

Monday, March 15, 2010 5:02:00 AM  
Anonymous tapline said...

I would question the motivation behind such a move...might it be used in reverse. Pleasing to some I would suggest? What time do they have down time for their 5 times a day, prayers? Interesting piece of information

Monday, March 15, 2010 9:14:00 AM  

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