If somebody showed me this picture and asked me what I thought it was, I would never have said “That’s a tunnel dug by the Taliban to free several hundred of their members who had been captured at no small cost in American lives and money.” Instead, I would probably make a joke about the Sarlacc Pit looking like a giant thorny anus. I guess that shows you where my head is at on a rainy Monday.

“More than 470 inmates at a prison in southern Afghanistan have escaped through a tunnel hundreds of metres long and dug from outside the jail. Officials in the city of Kandahar said many of those who escaped from Sarposa jail were Taliban insurgents.

The Kandahar provincial governor’s office said at least 12 had since been recaptured but gave no further details. A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the escape was a “disaster” which should never have happened.

The Taliban said it had taken five months to build the 320m (1,050ft) tunnel. It is believed to have been dug from a house rented by the Taliban. About 100 of those who escaped were Taliban commanders, and most of the others were fighters with the insurgency. The prison holds about 1,200 inmates.” – BBC NEWS

In case you were wondering, yes, these are the same people we are pretty much going to leave to their own devices when we withdraw from Afghanistan. If we withdraw from Afghanistan. I have a funny feeling that I’m going to be doing posts on this fucking place for quite some time yet. When exactly did the mission objective go from killing the people who launched the 9/11 attacks to trying to make a better Afghanistan? It just seems to me we should have been over and done with that festering toilet bowl, like, ten years ago.

Then again I guess if Iraq taught us anything… well, shit. I have no idea what Iraq taught us. Although after the first Gulf War I remember a reporter asking General Norman Schwarzkopf why we didn’t “finish the job” and get rid of Saddam. He had several answers to the question but I always thought this one was the most striking:

“And, oh by the way, I think we’d still be there, we’d be like a dinosaur in a tar pit, we could not have gotten out and we’d still be the occupying power and we’d be paying one hundred percent of all the costs to administer all of Iraq.”- FRONTLINE

It’s not likely anyone remembers that quote. It probably got lost somewhere around 2004 when Schwarzkopf was campaigning for George Bush (not that one, the other one) and telling everyone who would listen why invading Iraq a second time was a good idea. So, the next time someone tries to tell you that nothing ever changes you can pull that one out and totally win the argument.

I mean, it’ll still suck because we’ll still be occupying another country and wasting billions. And the idiots who live there will still be completely and utterly helpless without us. And our troops will be dying and losing limbs and going crazy because there is no end in sight and they have almost no medical or financial support network back home. But, sometimes I find that having the superior argument is a victory all it’s own. I tell myself that every time I have to go to traffic court or pay an overdraft fee at my bank.


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