If I were to attempt to explain to another country how we think in this country, I’d start with “We don’t.” We react, scream, hoot and howl but don’t think. Here’s a for instance.
With all the discussion about General McChrystal and Afghanistan in general, never was the question inspired as to why we were even there. Especially after CIA director Leon Panetta said there were fewer than 100 al Qaeda in the entire country! But we’re after the Taliban, right? Right? How many are they? Better yet, don’t tell me. Surprise me.
We’ve 90,000 troops in “Pashtunistan” along with some NATO folks here and there. And we’re involved in a bellum novum. It’s a counterinsurgency. Quick, for $20,000 and a new car, what’s a counterinsurgency? Nobody knows. Except Petraeus who authored it. Poor sumbitch. Think about it, he’s demoted back to Afghanistan from Centcomm in Tampa, my hometown. Come to think of it, in summer, I’d rather be in Kabul.
And as I write each word I think to myself: nobody cares about this. Nobody. The average American thinks this has something to do with 9/11. Or something. They just don’t care. They’ve no clue, no interest and no concern.