Not really, all the "high tech" equipment on the birds have, have been at the hands of foreign contractors from the start. When they left, they disabled, or took important components with them, making the equipment ballast, crippling the Afghan Air Force's combat capability.It seems someone have left something. Mazar-e-Sharif Air Base is a site for ANA Air Force where better equipped aircraft are stored. Despite Combat Caravans and Puccaras not actually being a serious threat, modern COIN aircraft possess vital technology (avionics, communications, data-links for modern precision munitions).
What about the minerals that everyone talking about?
Nah, it's just the pundits of the Beltway Blob are earning their pay trying to drum up support for redeployment (and earning more consultant contracts for their paymasters), while purposefully ignoring the inconvenient reality, like:Prediction: China will mine them, with a load of troops to guard the mines/etc. But otherwise leave the rest of the country to run itself.
Resource extraction seldom leads to local economic development.
Yes, of course. Citing SOPs is all and good but reality is always diffrent. Only in games you do not have fluid stocks.Not really, all the "high tech" equipment on the birds have, have been at the hands of foreign contractors from the start. When they left, they disabled, or took important components with them, making the equipment ballast, crippling the Afghan Air Force's combat capability.
Everyone have got dips on waht they wanted. If not, it means that you are doing it wrong.I would have thought Russia would have first dips on a lot of equipment really, since they have had a presence there longer than the Chinese.
Software can be erased quite quickly if needed, or if you know which component it is, physically destroying the storage. And in case of things like encryption, even the software doesn't help much, if you don't have the key(s) used.Yes, of course. Citing SOPs is all and good but reality is always diffrent. Only in games you do not have fluid stocks.
Also the hardware is not important. Software is, access protocols, IDs and all else.
Besides they is already ruckus about PRC getting hands on the hardware. Also mind these people who took birds and flew them off to the other countries, especially north and east, and you know who's zone of influence it is and in what international organisations they are parts of.
Also regimental coffers aside and occasional family one can only think what they took with themselves. And belive me they didn't leave empty handed - you need something to barter with for new life and protection and on that level, money or ass is a currency used in cliche films. You need hard currency which are information, hardwere or software and other like that.
Also US have immidately launch bombing campaing round the clock targeting various sites, you do not do that just to burn some useless ATVs or airframes or small arms caches. Look on organisation of the retreat - it is picture of complete strategic disaster and clusterf**** that words do not even begin to describe
Killing a couple thousand people in the US led to them subsequently losing ten thousand lives and dozens of trillions dollars combined with a gigantic geopolitical upheaval. Just as a reminder before you continue digging yourself so deep that even Cloak&Dagger would sound like Talleyrand in comparison.Can they do anything more in Europe than kill a few hundred people?
What in the dammit. No post should ever include the phrase "conquering it is laughably easy" and the word "Afghanistan" simultaneously.The initial battle, as always, was easy to win. But the Yanks never really understood the true trap of Afghanistan.
Conquering it is laughably easy..........................
Oh come on, plenty of empires had pretty great time stomping on the inhabitants of the region for over a millenia*. The stupid memery started when idiot Europeans with w bad case of White Man's Burden started to meddle with it's affairs far from any reasonable supply lines. And to prevent other Europeans doing the same for no good reason.
It's true, he conquered a lot of the territory that makes up the useful part of modern Russia, so it must be laughably easy to do anyway. After all, every other parameter is just irrelevant.Rufus....please do tell me the standards of history education haven't slipped that far in the EU. Or has that too been defunded?
Oh, of course, it's not equivalent because India isn't related to it. ;-)No, seems to have been English AND history education.
For the sake of those whose militaries devoured their education budgets, implying that Temujin's conquest of Russia (it was Subutai, actually. He also happens to be the greatest general in history) is equivalent in any way to Afghanistan the Unremarkable Until Elphenstone is ridiculous.