Monday, November 1, 2010

TFA October meeting features General Dennis Jackson, USA, Ret.

There were ten million land mines when we got there.
Said General Dennis Jackson, as he addressed the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). Jackson was referring to mines that were laid during the ten year occupation of Afghanistan by the (now defunct) Soviet Union, which some say was the Soviet's Vietnam War.

The United States, along with a coalition force of 67 nations, invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 to overthrow the Taliban. Jackson was the logistics officer of the operation. At issue today, according to Jackson, is the risk of a failed state.
. . . but, sooner or later, we will grow tired of being there. Our current national objective is Afghan self-determination, but after a while, we've got to leave.
He contrasted Soviet action in Afghanistan, primarily Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), with current U.S. forces actively patrolling in the countryside.

Jackson states that Afghanistan is a nation smaller than Texas, with a population close to that of California. Much of the society is debilitated by drug use. Lots of lithium has been recently found there, which could have a significant impact on the economy.

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