Double Whammy: Out of petrol in the land of petrol
OBAMA’s War News – Afghanistan, logisticians report that it is most difficult to get fuel to the troops on the battlefields and mountains of Afghanistan. Not since WWII have they faced such challenges they report. But of course, and that is why it is most unwise to persist with this failed and wasteful strategy.
Double whammy is what we call such things.
“Supplying troops in Afghanistan with fuel is challenge for U.S.
Some storage facilities won't be finished before withdrawal begins
By Steven Mufson and Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
President Obama's decision to send more troops to Afghanistan will magnify one of the Pentagon's biggest challenges: getting aviation and diesel fuel to U.S. air and ground forces there.
As the number of U.S. and coalition troops grows, the military is planning for thousands of additional tanker truck deliveries a month, big new storage facilities and dozens of contractors to navigate the landlocked country's terrain, politics and perilous supply routes. And though Obama has vowed to start bringing U.S. forces home in 18 months, some of the fuel storage facilities will not be completed until then, according to the contract specifications issued by the Pentagon's logistics planners.
"Getting into Afghanistan, which we need to do as quickly as we can possibly do it, is very difficult because . . . next to Antarctica, Afghanistan is probably the most incommodious place, from a logistics point of view, to be trying to fight a war," Ashton Carter, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said recently. "It's landlocked and rugged, and the road network is much, much thinner than in Iraq. Fewer airports, different geography."
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