What is state failure? See my conceptualisation of state failure on the right flank below.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Teh sorta nu plan

I am not sure if all of you are familiar with the HISHE (how it should have ended) series available via the Tube. But the part about "How to survive an alien attack" is just the perfect taster to get you started in case this is uncharted terrain for you. And yes, there is an Afghanistan-related reason for bringing this up. Quite unfortunately.

Now, let me quote "Dutch," the character played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie "Predator." This is what he says in the short clip above about his plan for killing aliens - see below this captured portray of his:

"I always cover myself in mud and set an elaborate booby trap with rocks and sharp sticks and all of these tingz until they hurt so bad that they will self-destruct..."
Highlighting by me, of course.
Now here is Robert Gates' plan for Afghanistan. Don't get me wrong. I think Gates is quite a smart person. But his strategic anti-vision shows how Afghanistan's nuances are just hopeless information overload for a busy mind like his, and this is the sort of daring attempt at escaping Gordian knots of complexity that we can normally expect:

"You have to be realistic about the fact that developments of the kind we want to see take time," Gates replied. "If we can re-empower the traditional local centers of authority, the tribal shuras and elders and things like that and put an overlay of human rights on that, isn't that a step in the right direction?"

Highlighting by me again. Too bad, we've already seen that sort of escape attempt, about a brazzillion times (or rather all the time) since 2001. The problem is, if it would have been done consistently, it may have brought better results as the generally bad plan it is. But it was done inconsistently, even, in all the wrong ways.

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