The body count war has now begun in Afghanistan in which the US military disputes exactly how many were killed in an operation. During the Vietnam War, each day there would be a body count as to how many Vietcong were killed and if reports indicated American forces made mistakes the invariable response would be the Viet Cong did the killing and now were blaming Americans. Perhaps, it is true the Taliban killed people in the village and then blamed their deaths on American air strikes. Perhaps, it is true the villagers did not know that Taliban grenades were killing them rather than bombs from the air. There are many, “perhaps” in the air, but the bottom line is that over a hundred villagers are dead.
The reality is there are insufficient ground forces operating in Afghanistan to deal with a guerrilla war. The reality is one does not win a guerrilla war relying on air strikes. Isn’t it time the American people faced up to the reality there are not enough members of the armed forces to carry out operations in Asia? The choice is clear — either more soldiers are recruited or there is a dramatic reduction in the scope of operations in the Middle East and Asia.