Last summer I predicted that as the Iraq War is perceived to be winding down, media interest will refocus on Afghanistan, and we will be swamped with bad reporting and even worse punditry. But I never knew it would be this bad:
A fundamental reason why our intelligence agencies, military leaders and (above all) Washington pols can’t understand Afghanistan is that they don’t recognize that we’re dealing with alien life-forms.
Oh, the strange-minded aliens in question resemble us physically. We share a few common needs: We and the aliens are oxygen breathers who require food and water at frequent intervals. Our body casings feel heat or cold. We’re divided into two sexes (more or less). And we’re mortal.
But that’s about where the similarities end, analytically speaking.
You think that’s the worst piece of analysis on Afghanistan you’ll ever read? Enter Michael Yon:
Afghanistan is a gaunt, thorny bush, growing amid rocks and dust on dry windswept plains, sweltering deserts, and man-crushing mountains. Its neighbors are treacherous. The Afghan people are mostly living relics, only more advanced than hidden tribes in the Amazon, but centuries behind the least advanced European nations.
To Yon’s fans, I have only this to say: Stay the hell away from Ernie Pyle. Pyle was a a humanist.