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Friday, April 18, 2008

Mistakes Were Made

posted by on April 18 at 10:53 AM

It’s easier to defeat an enemy if you don’t arm them:

Nato forces mistakenly supplied food, water and arms to Taliban forces in southern Afghanistan, officials today admitted.

Containers destined for local police forces were dropped from a helicopter into a Taliban-controlled area of Zabul province.

The coalition helicopter had intended to deliver pallets of supplies to a police checkpoint in Ghazni, a remote section of Zabul late last month.

By mistake they were dropped some distance from the checkpoint where it was taken by the Taliban, the Internal Security Affairs Commission of the Wolesi Jirga the Afghan parliament’s lower house was told.

Hamidullah Tukhi, a local politician from Zabul, told the parliamentary commission that the consignment had been taken by a local Taliban commander.

A Nato spokesman said the pallets were carrying rocket propelled grenades, ammunition, water and food.

Some Afghan politicians think the drop was made on purpose, prompting a NATO spokesman in Brussels to reply:

“It sounds like someone made a mistake. It was a cock-up rather than a conspiracy.”

A cock-up indeed.

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My Gawd! That is so funny! War can be so fucking amusing and entertaining! Got any amusing stories that include dead babies?

Posted by Dan the savage warmonger | April 18, 2008 11:03 AM

Oh, those crazy Brits!

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 18, 2008 11:04 AM

You can't have a war without enemies.

Posted by Dopey | April 18, 2008 11:08 AM

Why is this news? We've always been the secondary supplier of both the Taliban and al-Qaeda, only second to the primary providers in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 18, 2008 11:25 AM

No mistakes were made. We don't want to win the war in Afganistan because then there would be no terrorist threat to scare voters with.

Do you really think Osama is THAT hard to catch?

Posted by monkey | April 18, 2008 11:32 AM

I'm confused. Was the cock-up that they gave rocket propelled grenades to terrorists or was it that they got caught giving rocket propelled grenades to terrorists?

Posted by steve | April 18, 2008 11:52 AM


Sure, but they also include bowling balls and pitchforks - still wanna hear 'em?

Posted by COMTE | April 18, 2008 12:45 PM

When our guys get blown to bits by these same RPG's, you can be sure the White House will still blame it on Iran.

Posted by COMTE | April 18, 2008 12:47 PM

@8 - of course. Stupidity is what they do.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 18, 2008 12:55 PM


If he's in Pakistan, yes.

Posted by keshmeshi | April 18, 2008 1:53 PM

I don't see why the Afghani forces are upset. After all, it's not like the Taliban would use those RPGs against them, right?

Posted by Greg | April 18, 2008 2:34 PM

War is so awesome! More please. 100 years more.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | April 18, 2008 2:49 PM

Hanlon's Razor: never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity.

Posted by Woodbun | April 19, 2008 7:43 PM

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