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    Foreign troops killed in Afghan shootout



    Eight foreign soldiers and a contractor killed in Afghanistan after an Afghan army officer opened fire at the air force headquarters at Kabul airport.

    The Pentagon has confirmed that killed on Wednesday were Americans.
    http://english.aljazeera.net/news/as...952150642.html

    ZING! Looks like more people died in Afghanistan.

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    Re: Foreign troops killed in Afghan shootout

    i don't get how this is a zing
    Nobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.

    Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.

    All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
    - Colonel Paul Yingling

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    Re: Foreign troops killed in Afghan shootout

    The "foreign soldiers" were American soldiers.

    I wouldn't exactly call these combat deaths. When someone on your side goes ballistic and starts shooting people, you can't HONESTLY use that against anyone for "more people died in Afghanistan."

    Hell, I bet someone died in NYC or Chicago today, too. I guess we need to get out of there as well.

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