U.S. Military Suffers Major Defeat In Korengal Valley, Forced To Retreat

Firebase Phoenix overlooking the Korengal Valley.jpg  View of the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, from Firebase Phoenix

View of the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, from Firebase Phoenix

James Circello for uruknet.info:

The U.S. military has retreated from a base in the remote Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, after spending over four years trying to hold the ground. The U.S. forces even negotiated the terms of their defeat, paying the resistance fighters and leaving them the base fully intact with buildings, fuel, generators and military equipment, in order to be allowed a peaceful retreat out of the valley.

The corporate media and, for the most part, the Pentagon brass have framed the forced retreat from the “Valley of Death” as a “shift” in strategy. This so-called shift has been eye-opening for the soldiers and marines who have lost friends and shed blood in the mountains of Afghanistan, while forced to defend an outpost which U.S. military commanders have argued is “a remote backwater of limited strategic value.”

Despite its “limited strategic value,” a startling 42 U.S. troops have been killed there, hundreds have been wounded, and a disproportionate number of Afghan civilians have perished. One of the last soldiers to die there took his own life, unable to cope with the daily horrors of a hopeless mission.

U.S. troops used as bait

The soldiers stationed in the Korengal Valley had one mission: to act as sitting targets and wait to be attacked on a daily basis. The Afghans in the Korengal Valley were fighting because foreign invaders have occupied their country for nearly a decade. The U.S. military occupied the Korengal Valley to provoke them into a fight. This is the logic of empire.

The harsh reality that we have been used as nothing more than bait cannot be overlooked. The strategy of Korengal Valley—to place soldiers and marines in harm’s way in an attempt to use them as bait to lure the Afghan resistance into battle so that military fighter jets, helicopters and other resources could be called in to target the Afghan fighters and kill them using whatever equipment was available—has been a complete failure. The retreat should serve as a clear signal that our pain and suffering is of no concern to the officers and politicians forcing us to fight…

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  • emperorreagan

    At this point, does anyone really believe that the US is going to “win” in Afghanistan?

    With the numbers of civilian killed or wounded by the US led forces, in addition to all of those forced from their homes, I would say that the US has no chance of “winning hearts and minds,” as was the stated goal.

    But our leaders know that, just as they knew it in Iraq. That's why you have tons of bases and embassies the size of a city. The occupation won't end because you flat out can't win.

    • Hadrian999

      it could be done but the cost in time resources and blood would be to high
      the result. pure vanity is the reason we stay there

  • Hadrian999

    it could be done but the cost in time resources and blood would be to high
    the result. pure vanity is the reason we stay there

  • Sallybethyielding

    as a soldier i have to wonder why we are there in the first place. WE ARE NOT WORLD POLICE!!! let them have it out, and send OUR troops home where they are needed!!!

  • Sallybethyielding

    as a soldier i have to wonder why we are there in the first place. WE ARE NOT WORLD POLICE!!! let them have it out, and send OUR troops home where they are needed!!!

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