Viet Nam 2.0

It’s been an easy winter so far here in Jackson Hole other than a week of sub zero weather this past week and only minimal snowfall. Helicopter Ben has been mocked before Congress and Obama continues along his blundering way using the worst ideas of the Republican party to ensure the ruin of his presidency and his country’s future. Lie follows lie on a daily basis as he tells us the recession is over with green shoots galore. Unemployment is down and his Afghan surge will certainly work so well that 18 months after our hapless soldiers arrive in country, they will be able to leave. No one including Obama has stated what this Afghan invasion is supposed to accomplish. A well armed and trained conventional military force that relies on high tech weapons and air strikes wont have a chance combating a popular Islamic insurgency armed with simple primitive weapons and a burning desire to drive invaders from their soil. The Brits and the Russians were driven out and the American Army will suffer the same fate in Afghanistan as it suffered in Viet Nam and Somalia. The American Military is in the region to ensure access to oil and the fundamental flaw is the assumption that a military occupation can dominate a disintegrating collection of failed and failing states long run by warring tribes and clans. In any war between guerrillas and a standing army,the smart money is on the guerrillas whether those guerrillas were ragtag colonists facing the world’s most powerful army in 18th century America or pajama clad Viet Cong facing down a massive American Army in Indochina. The Islamic insurgents in the Persian Gulf and Central Asia regard the West with the same hatred as the American Marines felt toward the “japs” in the South Pacific. In the end it wont be defeat by a determined insurgency that drives the US out of Afghanistan and Iraq but our coming economic collapse that dooms this tragic foolish incursion into the lion’s lair.

Published by Rendezvous Mountain Farm

I was born in Cascade county Montana and raised in a dozen Air Force SAC bases. I attended Holy Cross,West Point and UNC in Chapel Hill(MD"71). Army doc in the last years of the Viet Nam fiasco. My wife and I live in a log cabin I built from standing dead lodgepole trees we cut from Shadow Mountain and regional local timber in 1976 . I've done a dozen different jobs including construction, boat building,magazine writing and commercial fishing and retired from the Emergency and Operating Room in 2004. We manage a small diversified organic farm including leased land which totals about 40 acres in the Jackson Hole valley. We raise a variety of livestock which includes some heritage breeds of animals and poultry. We grow most of our food and forage. Our land is irrigated from Granite Creek and the Snake River and we raise and bale our own organic hay. We supplement with food collected from Jackson Hole Food rescue which is mostly dairy, bread and past date vegetables and food from the grocery stores and restaurants.

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