Andrew Lebovich, a frequent TWN contributor and staff member at the New America Foundation’s American Strategy Program, prepared today the AfPak page brief for Foreign Policy this morning.
This slightly disturbing kicker caught my attention:
Afghanistan’s creepiest game
When not on the watch for Taliban, U.S. Army soldiers rotating through a remote Kandahar outpost hunt instead for the things that go bump in the night (AP).
Soldiers go out on patrols for snakes, scorpions and giant camel spiders, sometimes helped by mortar crews firing illumination rounds and cheered on by their colleagues.
I rather prefer the military lip synching and creating Lady Gaga tributes to this.
And then again, in the eyes of the local citizens and the Taliban soldiers we are fighting, both activities look like signs of real decadence that do nothing to win the hearts and minds of Afghans.
— Steve Clemons