The life of the people in Paktika province is a tribal life like the rest of the Pashtun tribes, characterized by religiousness, hospitality, patience, forbearance, respect for their chiefs and honor for scholars.
—No, that’s not the U.S. Army or some instant pundit suddenly developing a nuanced picture of rural life in Afghanistan. That is the Taliban, implicitly explaining why it’s winning and we’re not.
In case it weren’t obvious what I’m talking about, let’s just say the U.S. government has very different ideas of what constitutes “tribal life” in rural Afghanistan.
Fun times, too, is this bit: “Because of his inability to destroy the Jihadist movement in the region, the cowardly enemy has resorted to base methods in targeting the people; destroying their houses and raiding their homes at night in order to take their revenge against the Mujahideen.” Not that we have a plan for this or anything.