February 9, 2014

Russian Covert Operations in Afghanistan

The old Soviet Union faced a blood bath as they endured years of war in Afghanistan. Many history books have been written with claims of a Russian defeat in the land of the Pashtun. But today, I question whether they truly lost the war.

Make no mistake about it, Russia lost many battles during their stint in Afghanistan. But the battles lost do not always equate to an overall defeat in war.

There are tactical losses and there are strategic losses. Russia tactically lost and that is a fact. But, strategically, how bad did they lose—that is, if they really did lose the strategic war—a war that was really between the United States and Russia?

Walking through the streets in eastern Afghanistan I saw a very diversified appearing people. Many had brown eyes while a plethora had green and even some blue. Hair colors varied from black, brown, red (and not due to henna coloring), and even some dirty blonds.


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  • YankeePapa

    SEAL76, . http://hnn.us/article/119236 . ...Might not agree with *all* of this... but much is true... . -YP

  • SEAL76

    There is no reason for us to operate with the Russians. We have our agenda and they have theirs. There is very little wiggle room there. As for anti drug cooperation that is total bullshit. The Russians aren't going to stop the Afghans from growing opium and neither are we. In fact I'd bet the Russians want in on the drug trade to send to the other western countries and the USA. The war on drugs is a failure and a waste of time. Don't waste anymore of our resources on trying to stop it in Afghanistan.

  • Recon6

    Virginstateofmind Recon6MNCOS Nope, I simply find abortion to be Wrong unless there are mitigating circumstances. I hardly consider it "trivial" to imo, murder a fetus.  Should you consider that divisive so be it as I do not consider it "these Little differences are tearing us apart", I believe these Major interpretations of Right v. Wrong are much of what has driven America to the state of despicable behavior to which we witness daily.  I won't bother with abortion, shootings, robberies etc as they are by products of the moral decay in our once great nation, again imo....6

  • Recon6

    Virginstateofmind MNCOS  V, agree with some of your pos, however, "fight over trivial matters of pro-choice v. pro life" ??? I am an old guy as you are probably aware, but issues of life and death of a fetus are hardly "trivial".  Hopefully I failed to understand your statement?  Please elaborate for this old guy....6

  • Jaycel Adkins

    Virginstateofmind  MNCOS  Honestly, we need to get over the idea that because someone talks with an accent, that makes them sophisticated.  We just left a century where pretty much every 'old world nation' flushed themselves down the toilet.