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July 6, 2011

So Long, Goliath!

Afghanistan U S soldier slingshot

Although not stated in so many words, this NYT article detailing the withdrawal of America’s diplomatic and military A-team from Afghanistan, paired with Obama dialing back the mission, basically spells America throwing in the towel. Sensing the turn, visual media is already busy fleshing out the picture.

Although the scene came about innocently enough — just one more propaganda photo of an Afghan boy giving a goodwill token to a U.S. soldier doing the counter-insurgency thing — the photo has a special “thwack” to it as the Afghan mission pivots into free-fall. In an almost cruel twist on the effectiveness of asymmetrical warfare, the photo speaks to the futility of the Afghan mission and the emasculation of U.S. forces in a land that repels outside powers through a combination of tenacity and sheer primitivism.

(photo: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters. caption: Brandon Pearson, U.S. Navy (USN) Hospital Man attached with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, uses a slingshot given by an Afghan boy during a break during a patrol outside Patrol Base Johnson in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, July 5, 2011.)

  • bks

    What’s this nonsense about “withdrawal”?  There will be more troops in Afghanistan in November 2012 than there were in November 2008.

        –bks

  • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

    bks: the post refers to the withdrawal of the US Ambassador and our top military team, and its symbolic impact. We may well have more troops there in November. Still, the towel has been thrown.

    • Pastafarian

      If it’s all about Goliath versus primitivism, I don’t think that anything as lofty as “symbolic impact” will be in play anywhere outside the pages of the NYT.

  • Boxcar

    Kinda says to me, that, with all of our heavy duty 21st century weaponry, what really needed was a more simpler, ancient tool.
    peace
    boxcar

  • Boxcar

    Kinda says to me, that, with all of our heavy duty 21st century weaponry, what really needed was a more simpler, ancient tool.
    peace
    boxcar

  • Bystander

    Lord, Michael.  Emasculation?  Like the nose of that slung weapon suggesting a “limp dick”?

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      Ha! I can honestly say I missed that. (At least, consciously.)

  • Kcabral822

    IT IS NOT A DEFEAT…. Not the USA fault those pussies are hiding in Pakistan … and 2 faced pakistan aint letting Usa get them. soveirnty my ass…. they are the isurgency… they just dont wanna put on a uniform and fight …. they just train bums with nothing better to do to walk up to a soldier that has to try and not kill any civilians and blow everyone up around him….. what a bunch of losers… it makes me sick…USA should just cross into Pakistan, waste them bums and tell pakistan..THANKS FOR COMING OUT…but u missed the show …cus ur military sucks and u dont wanna try THIS !!! that the truth.. can u handle it!

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