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With the Afghan’s rioting over the U.S. mission, it’s hard not to look at this photo from Kabul this morning, think back on all the chest-beating from the Bush Administration, and recall that Neocon battle phrase: “These colors don’t run.”
(photo: Omar Sobhani / Reuters caption: An Afghan policeman runs after confiscating a U.S. flag from protesters in Kabul on Feb. 23, 2012)
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Bag’s Take-Away:The reason why the photo of the Afghan soldiers behind the tree was in so many photo galleries yesterday? Well sure, it’s a super-kinetic shot. The guy flinching has a political twist as well, though. With the Afghans losing their grip on the Capitol, here attempting to defend the U.S. Embassy, for God’s sake, even if the tree guy is just reacting to the noise and the middle guy is just in a guarded stance, (award points to the Taliban) it’s the same body language as cowering.
(photo: Ahmad Masood/Reuters. caption: Afghan police officers fired toward buildings that Taliban insurgents took over during an attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday. Militants fired grenades and assault rifles at the embassy and other sites in the capital, while suicide bombers struck police buildings.)
If this is any indication of where the training of the Afghan Army and the handoff is going, I want my war tax dollars back. If this is any indication of where the training of the Afghan Army and the handoff is going, I hope no U.S. war widows come across this. If this is any indication of where the training/handoff to Afghan Army is going….
Actually, reminds me of this.
(photo: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters caption: Soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) line up at U.S. Marines Patrol Base Johnson in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, July 5, 2011.)
Bag’s Take-Away:File under: pictures the Coalition really don’t want out there…… since the local Afghan police and army couldn’t handle the attack on the Intercontinental and the Coalition had to step in to end it all. I can’t tell the nationality of these “Non-Afghan soldiers”, but they look (and that’s why you’re seeing them, folks) like they’re straight out of a movie set. (TIME slideshow)