Doctor, your patient is here to see you.

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A woman rushes into a hospital emergency room, pushing a figure in a wheel chair. The woman is frantically calling for a doctor. The person in the wheel chair is covered in blankets so that no one can see what he or she looks like.

Ignoring the triage nurses, she rushes into the surgical area.

“Where’s Dr. Anderson? I need to see him now. He’s the best in the world. I read it in a magazine. I need to see Dr. Anderson now!”

The woman fends off any attempts to calm her down, all the while maintaining a hard grip on the wheel chair.

Finally, Dr. Anderson rounds a corner, a nurse briefing him as he walks. He nods then regards the frantic woman.

“What is it, ma’am? Calm down. What’s going on?” Dr. Anderson asks.

The woman speaks through her sobs, gasping after every three or four words.

“I found my father, just a few minutes ago. He was in his bed. He’s really bad, really really bad. I didn’t call the ambulance because I was sure that only you could help him.” She stops crying and finally meets the doctor’s eyes with her own. “You’re the best. World famous. Help him.”

The doctor reaches forward and tugs the blanket away from the upper torso of the seated figure. When the blanket falls away, it reveals a hairless skull, skin blackened and pulled tight, black swamps where eyes should be. Lips swollen and purple. 

Even the hardened nurses looking on gasp in horror.

Doctor Anderson covers the shape with the blanket, then says: “Ma’am. You’re father is dead. Even I can’t help him now.”

America is the world’s greatest doctor. Afghanistan is the dead man. The fact that the man is dead does not mean that the doctor is not great. As this new report to the pentagon states, the Afghan Army is a walking dead man, and we simply cannot raise the dead.

So, intelligence analysts briefing Pentagon officials calls Afghan Army members, “Unmotivated” and says that nepotism and corruption make the goals of the US military “impossible”. Soldiers don’t show up. The strength of many battalions is 40-50% of what is reported.



3 thoughts on “Doctor, your patient is here to see you.

    Amos Volante said:
    December 31, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Great analogy.

    But not shocking.

    Trying to give them an army is like trying to give your 12 year old a gun in case he has to defend himself. Even if it works…

    kernunos said:
    December 31, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Yemen seems to be al-Qaeda’s base of operations probably along with Iran. Yemen seems like it is vulnerable to its government being toppled like the Taliban did in Afghanistan.

    evildevilcuckoo said:
    January 1, 2010 at 1:09 am

    The problem is that in the political realm, calling someone dead isn’t PC. So euphimism abound all of which serve to deflect attention for what is readily visible to everyone else.

    The more I read (based on your posts), the more I realize we’re never going to be able to do what we are told the objectives are. Society didn’t just go from barbarian to civilised overnight. It took centuries with gradual evolution. There’s such a huge disconnect between the west and Afgh(and to be perfectly honest, most of the world and Afgh) that there’s no way they are going to just adopt to our ideals overnight. Unlike say Iran or Iraq, there is no civilisation there.

    You’re right again on this – it’s too bad politicans can’t be honest about the situation b/c they’re too worried about looking bad.

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