Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Afghanistan is a potential Vietnam on steroids

The United States faced a determined enemy during the Vietnam War that delivered a constant stream of fresh troops and weapons into South Vietnam along the famed Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos. The United States eventually lost the war in Vietnam and a superpower was vanquished. Not learning from the errors of Vietnam, the United States faces in Afghanistan a much more determined enemy with a multitude of rugged and mountainous "Ho Chi Minh trails" through which are pouring all sorts of battle-worn irregulars anxious to deal the United States multiple fatal blows on a battlefield largely alien to the United States military.

WMR has learned from its reliable sources inside Afghanistan that recently a U.S. Forward Operating Base in Afghanistan run by a U.S. Special Forces unit was overrun in a surprise attack by six well-armed Chechen guerrillas. The twelve U.S. Special Forces personnel at the base in a tribal region on the Afghan-Pakistani border were caught off guard and were quickly dispatched by the Chechens. WMR has also been told that the real problem for the United States in Afghanistan is not so much the Afghan Taliban but incoming extremists from Uzbekistan, Yemen, Chechnya, and Dagestan who make the Afghan Taliban appear tame in comparison.

The neocon think tanks and media outlets in the United States have been quick to dismiss reports that Chechens are fighting in Afghanistan against the United States and NATO forces. However, there is a possibility that limited numbers of Chechen fighters have been placed inside Afghanistan by intelligence agencies interested in further internatiolizing the war and lure Russia into the Afghan conflict on the side of the Americans and NATO. In 2000, Russia's Vladimir Putin threatened to bomb Chechen guerrilla training bases in Afghanistan and Taliban-ruled Afghanistan was one of the few countries that recognized the independence of Chechnya. Chechnya even had a full-blown embassy in Kabul.