According to the US Army counter-insurgency manual re-written by General David Petraeus, a ratio of one soldier to 40 or 50 inhabitants (20 to 25 per 1000) is required defeat an insurgency.

The population of Afghanistan is now about 32,000,000, meaning that at least 640,000 soldiers would be necessary for success.

After Obama’s "surge," NATO deploys approximately 90,000 soldiers in Afghanistan.

So… we’re about 550,000 soldiers short of the number our own commander claims are necessary to "win."

We cannot win. We will inevitably lose.

And you don’t have to take my word for it. Just ask USCENTCOM commander General David Howell Petraeus, who is currently responsible for US military operations in 20 countries from Egypt to Pakistan, including Operations Iraqi Freedom and "Enduring Freedom," the ridiculously inappropriate name for our brutal occupation of Afghanistan.

We cannot win. We will inevitably lose.

Ain’t that a hoot!

Jacob Freeze

Jacob Freeze

I'm a painter and photographer who supplements his meager income by hurling rotten fruit and screaming "Welcome to the Bu!" at the Humvees of hedge-fund managers and their nightmare spawn who get stuck in the ridiculously narrow drive-through at McDonald's in Malibu. They inevitably poop their pants and abandon the vehicle, which I subsequently strip and sell for parts, and that is how I can afford to live in Malibu.

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