THE AFGHANISTAN DEBACLE: OPERATION PINEAPPLE EXPRESS
F.L. shared these two articles - and some speculation as to their meaning and implications - and this is a case not only of you tell me, but a case where I am going to depart from my usual practice of quoting and commenting on the articles. I'll just let you read them, and then dive right in:
Now F.L. had the same reaction to this story that I had: the rescue of even a few hundred Afghani's trying to flee certain retribution from the Taliban has, at some point, to have a logistical commitment to get those people out of Afghanistan, and that commitment implies in turn money. These two facts raise some questions about the operation. (1) Having rescued these people, are they then being evacuated by the normal American channels? That is to say, is the only special part of Operation Pineapple merely the fact that remaining US special forces have done this action on their own, and that the rest of the operation is being conducted through normal military channels? Or, (2) is the entire operation more or less a private operation, raising the questions that if that is the case, who is providing the logistical and financial support?
Unlike F.L., I'm reading these articles differently, namely, that scenario number (1) is the most likely. If it was (2), then F.L. had a further speculation, namely, that the ultimate role played was by the intelligence community, creating an Afghani exilee community in the USA similar to the post-Castro Cuban exilees in Florida, the ones who went on to form the core of the Bays of Pigs Invasion force. I'll not comment on that possibility, because the implications are obvious.
I want to concentrate on the first scenario, because that's the one with the implications that - to my mind - may have "the Powers that Be" spending a few anxious moments, for the implication is clear: namely, that in spite of official policy, special forces units are acting and conducting operations at variance with that policy, and that means, like it or not, at variance with the chain of command in Swamptington, D.C., or perhaps with a nod and wink from some higher ups.
If that reading be correct, then in its bumbling stumbling inept way, the Swamp could exacerbate matters by courts martial of those involved... or they can play it smart, and ignore it long enough and hope it goes away...
See you on the flip side...
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