Herbert, the Afghan war expert? Yike!

So I see where Gov. Gary Herbert is in Afghanistan, visiting the troops, and telling us all that the war is winnable.

Gad, where do we get these people? He goes over, gets a 1-day education from the military’s public affairs folks, and suddenly he’s got answers.

The story here (click) in fun to read because it makes one wonder just how much Gary has been paying attention. He’s a governor of a state, with tropps from that state in the war, but Gary doesn’t seem to know too much about it. I mean, a show-the-flag tour of the war zone is not the place to be picking up basic knowledge of a conflict the c0untry has been engaged in for a decade, but that seems to be what Gary is doing.

For example, he says the visit cleared up some misconceptions he had. He thought the draw down currently underway was all the troops, but it turns out it’s just some of the the surge of 30,000 or so extras we sent in a year or so ago.

How could the governor of Utah not know that? I knew that. Of course, I do read the news. Maybe Gov. Herbert doesn’t read the news. He ought to. It would help him understand why he has to go to funerals of Utah kids killed in the war. If he enjoys going to those funerals, he can rest assured that he will get lots of opportunity in the years to come.

Then there’s Gary’s word that the new commander of our troops in Afghanistan has a “laser-like focus” on transferring the war to the Afghanis. That’s an interesting statement on two levels: One, Gov. Herbert earlier in the story said it will take a very long time to make progress in the war because the Afghanis are tribal and corrupt and Muslim and lots of other things that we have to get around before peace and democracy can bloom, which essentially means we need to make them stop being Afghanis — good luck on that. Alexander the Great couldn’t do it, England and Russia couldn’t do it, we’re supposedly better?

And, second, the term “laser-like” — where have we heard that before?

Why, last year, in the GOP campaigns where they promised a “laser-like focus” on jobs once they got to Washington which, as we all know, somehow morphed into a laser-like focus on opposing anything President Obama tried to do, up to and including keeping the government going, so you’ll pardon me if Herbert’s use of the phrase does not comfort me.

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14 Responses to Herbert, the Afghan war expert? Yike!

  1. Howard Ratcliffe says:

    Wars typically take 9 months to logistically prepare; Afghanistan began 26 days after 9/11/2001 chasing down Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The “Graveyard of Empires” has since been supplying 96% of the world’s heroin. Al Qaeda means “Supreme Foundation”; its leader like the 100 headed Ladon Dragon he is named after grows 2 heads for every one that is cut-off in order to guard the Golden Apples in the Garden of Hesperides in the far western edge of the world. Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan is called the Golden Triangle due its proliferation of the cash crop Opium.
    The end came with a positive DNA match in Chinook Helicopter traveling 1100+ miles in one night to the USS Carl Vinson on May Day.
    10 years later the man who has the gall to host Chinese governors and provide them Special Economic Zones to conduct business inside the US with EB-5 Visas says the war is winnable is as detestable as his former boss attending the Jasmine Revolution in Beijing while Chinese Ambassador.
    “Oh, mortal man, is there nothing you cannot be made to believe?” Jesuit Priest Adam Weishaupt May 1, 1776.

  2. Lang says:

    I am sorry but a white middle aged Mormon that says things that are not based in reality is actually pretty common place.

    1- Native Americans are really Jews.
    2- The Garden Of Eden is in Missouri.
    3- A battle of 100000+ people was fought on a 5 acre hill in New York.
    4- Horses were found in the Americas before the Spanish arrived.
    5 This is a real laugh! “Reformed Egyptian..oh my god that is funny.

    I will stop at 5 but I can easily cite 50

    Mormons say nutty stuff all the time. Move past it. No one really thinks that much of the LDS opinion outside the LDS people anyway. Why would they?

  3. hawg says:

    “…he enjoys going to those funerals, he can rest assured that he will get lots of opportunity in the years to come.”

    not to mention the last three years that the guy you voted for, and will do so again, did not / will not make the one phone call to end it all. but yes, I can see where that is Herberts fault as well.

  4. Dovie says:

    The war is “winnable”? Did he define that term? Has anybody ever “won” from the long term occupation of a foreign land?

    “When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains, and the women come out to cut up what remains, jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains and go to your gawd like a soldier”.
    Rudyard Kipling

    Guess what year he wrote it.

  5. Bob Becker says:

    Maybe Gov. Herbert doesn’t read the news.

    Uh oh. He better steer clear of Katie Couric. She might ask him one of her trademark unfair how-could-anyone-be-prepared-for-it gotcha! liberal media questions like \So, what newspapers do you read, Governor?\

    • hawg says:

      not to mention the blood curdling, tough, gotcha question she asked Obama.

      with mean looking, batting, fawning eyes she went for the big one. so you want to be the leader of the free world, huh? when was the last time you cried?

  6. laytonian says:

    Afghanistan bankrupted the Soviet empire; it certainly wasn’t Reagan’s military build-up.

    Our economy’s now in the gutter due to unfunded wars, Medicare Part D and tax DECREASES…..and the commonality? Afghanistan.

    Pour more money (and the lives of our young) down that drain, and in five more years, nothing will have changed.

    Today we grieve for 31 of our finest, including Navy Seals.

  7. bentskipole says:

    Seriously, why are Chuck’s ramblings NOT in the opinion section where they belong? I look at the news section to get news, not his opinion.

    • ctrentelman says:

      ben, if you are referring to my column in the paper, it is where it is because it is a local column and all local columns are run on the local page = Mr. Rolley and others at the Tribune are handled the same way = If you consult just about any newspaper in the country you will find a similar local column on the local page — and have done so for more than 100 years.

      Newspapers place them there because they act as a magnet to bring riders, since local columns offer more than mere news.

      Opinions placed on the opinion page are either the opinion of the whole paper, or are selected to be a sort of balanced mix of ideas that is also often influenced by the opinion of the paper as a whole.

      A local column is just the voice of the columnist, is more of a personality-driven product, and is also only the opinion of the columnist, not the paper.

  8. Ben Pales says:

    Umm it’s a blog. That’s what blogs are.

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