Posted by: Christian | December 8, 2009

Insurgent FAIL/WIN

Insurgents play on US exercise equipment from a base that was “strategically redeployed from” (in the most favorable description I could come up with):

Danger Room declares it a “a big infowar fail” because the guys look silly playing on on the health club toys. I suppose that is the best spin that one could possibly take from the Taliban propaganda video.

Péter Marton, on the other hand, sees it the way I and likely many, many others see it: a fail for the US military effort in Afghanistan in general and in Nuristan especially. This is clearly an insurgency WIN, not a FAIL.

These German soldiers marching through my beautiful Paris do march in such an absurd manner, mock them.

Check out Ministry of State Failure Blog for all the original commentary, links and video.


  1. The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 12/08/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

  2. I chuckled pretty hard at the “German soldiers” line. If you see me co-opt it unintentionally in the future, feel free to call me out on it.

    Also, not to beat a dead horse or co-opt this commonents section, but you said “Ghost Wars is good in the international elite perspective view.” Do you mean that as “its solid pop history” or in a “it focuses on the elite actions and reactions during the Soviet invasion, not realities on the ground” sort of way? I’m just curious…if you don’t feel like getting into Mr. Coll again, I’m not going to make you.

  3. Yeah, it misses out on what was happening on the ground. But I think that would have required several hundred extra pages. That gap is filled by Dorronsoro, Maley, Sinno, Rashid, etc…

  4. Hi, I’m glad everyone is giving the idiot card to Wired. I saw this and …well look at the comments at Wired ” We should booby trap these machines and leave them all over the place….”

    El stupid rulz.

  5. I don’t mean to single out you here, but I can’t wait until people stop saying “win” and “fail.”


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