NO ONE WINS
WE ALL LOSE,
NO ONE WINS
WE ALL LOSE,
“The immense floods that have inundated sections of Pakistan and cut roads and railways have also disrupted the main supply lines for United States and NATO military forces in Afghanistan.”
“Those trucks were far from their usual routes to Afghanistan through western Pakistan, which have been completely cut off because of the floods. Supply trucks are now having to take the much longer route through the center of the country to Islamabad, and then on to Peshawar and the Afghan border. Roads to Peshawar in the northwest have also been cut off.”
“The bulk of supplies for the United States military, including fuel for its bases across southern Afghanistan, pass through Pakistan from Karachi along two routes to Afghanistan, both of which have been cut off by the floods, Pakistani officials here said.”
“Five NATO oil-supply tankers were blown up at the Torkham border on Tuesday. On the second consecutive day, in a parking lot at the Torkham border, five oil tankers carrying fuel to NATO forces in Afghanistan were blown up by a bomb fixed to one of them. The rest of the tankers caught fire and were burnt totally. No casualties were reported until the filing of this report. More than 150 Afghanistan-bound oil tankers had been parked near the Torkham border for customs clearance on Tuesday when a powerful bomb went off in one of the tankers, turning four more into ashes, a Khasadar Force official said.”
So, about those logistics? Well over 100,000 Coalition troops are burning up hundreds of thousands of gallons or more of fuel every single day. Expending tens of thousands of rounds or more of ammunition in all calibers, sizes, and types per month. Hundreds of vehicles destroyed by IED’s that have to be replaced. Hundreds of thousands of tons of spare parts, replacement parts, food, water, and other equipment. All of it comes through those supply lines that are once again closed.
“An army marches on its stomach.”
Of course, in this case, much of that army is sitting on their air-conditioned FOBs and not-so air-conditioned COPs, not allowed to do much marching at all. Certainly not allowed to pursue the enemy across the Durand Line.
It’s ours and our allies troop morale that is suffering. Nobody likes being ordered to lose. Nobody likes being ordered to stand in place and take punishment from a mobile enemy.
Now be off with you. Go read what The Marine has to say.
I had no idea what John Travolta was up to these days. No idea I tell you.