Is This Any Way to Report a War?

20 Oct

I find one of the most striking aspects of the reporting on the war on the Taliban in Afghanistan to be the almost complete absence of Taliban casualty counts.  As much as I hate war, one of the few sources of satisfaction to be derived from an assertive war effort is the ability to inflict higher casualties upon your enemy than they inflict upon you.

Yet our seemingly absent media/journalists focus almost entirely upon single events and American casualties tied to those events – showing how horrible it all is for America.  We get little feeling at all about how our guys are doing in actual combat.  Following the media reports, one could easily infer that the Taliban is beating us up pretty badly.

I don’t recall any war, including the hated Vietnam War, being reported in this manner.  Seems to me we always got a report of casualties on both sides.

To me, the reporting on Afghanistan is irresponsible, and somewhat demoralizing.  It is reporting with an agenda – and that agenda is to play up how horrible this war is for the Americans – to allow an over-politicization of the war to force an early pull-out.

Now – again – I’m no war-monger, and I don’t like us being there.

BUT – and this is a BIG but – though I had to dig a little to find numbers, it appears that we are beating the crap out of the Taliban in Afghanistan.  And not just with drones.

The best numbers I can come up with indicate that we have lost about 2000 soldiers (maybe twice that across all Coalition forces) to hostilities in Afghanistan.  Granted, many consider 2000 to be 2000 too many.  But as bad as that might be (considering that we lost 56,000 men in fewer years in Vietnam), what I am seeing is that the coalition forces have probably inflicted 80-120,000 casualties (30,000 killed) on the Taliban.

Now – as war goes, this is a pretty darn good ratio!

I hope all our soldiers are able to leave Afghanistan soon.  But meanwhile, KEEP UP THE AWESOME WORK!  Americans can be proud of our servicemen not just for their sacrifice in protecting America, but for their overwhelming effectiveness when meeting the enemy.

Next problem in Afghanistan – the bloodletting that will follow the withdrawal of Coalition forces, when the Taliban declare victory over the once-mighty United States and its western allies.  There have probably been as many civilian casualties in this war (inflicted by BOTH sides) as there have been combatant casualties.  Anyone think this will go down with the Coalition’s withdrawal and the Taliban’s declaration of victory?


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