And yet another report out of Afghanistan. I usually like Elizabeth Rubin's reporting and this long piece from the NY Times Sunday Magazine is interesting sort of, but sort of not either. To me it just confirms what I think: it's a fiasco over there.
I'm really getting bored with the stories coming out of the place. On the bright side, at least the US & UK MSM write stories on Afghanistan which don't painted the troops as saintly missionaries delivering enlightenment to the dumb natives. This can't really be said of the Canadian MSM, I don't think, who write stories of long suffering true grit Canadian troops outfitted in hair-shirts to atone for the bad attitude of most Canadians at home who don't want them over there.
Of course, maybe it's just me and my taste for the slightly weary and skeptical sophistication of articles similar to Rubin's or, say, Ben Anderson's diary extracts, from his visit there last summer which appeared in the first January issue of the London Review of Books, as counting, possibly, for some measure of the true situation and not the cartoon stuff spun by DND and the likes of the clowns that run that place here.
I guess to be frank I just don't give a shit about Afghanistan and I don't really care whether our Canadian military is there or not either. The whole confused "mission" is becoming a large bore. Our military seem to want to be there, so maybe better there than lazying around here at home fretting that they aren't getting the opportunity to prove their stuff.
Isn't that what "democracy and debates threaten the sacred troops" Hillier said when he egged on former Prime Minister Paul Martin to let the troops prove themselves by going into Kandahar in the first place. And besides all that experience they are getting on the Afghan plains will be really useful if they ever come home and have to deal with a real matter of Canadian national interest, like security in the Arctic, eh.