Horse Laughs for Obama

A couple of weeks back I read Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan, by Doug Stanton.   I had picked it up because I still remember the obvious relish in Don Rumsfeld's press conference over the photos of the US Special Forces participating in an 18th century style cavalry charge in the early days of the war in Afghanistan.  The Secretary of Defense also noted that they had to make a special trip to the store to meet the requested next supply drop, which included saddlery and horse feed.  Indeed, stories on the successful combination of the "fourth world" military forces of the Northern Alliance with the 21st century satellite communication, GPS and smart bombs of the modern US military replaced a string of tedious speculation in the press about the impossibility of operating in such hostile terrain during the "brutal Afghan winter." What makes President Obama's big gotcha line about horses and bayonets in...(Read Full Post)