The Afghanistan war has reentered the conventional phase. HIMARS rockets, drones surveilling, massive amounts of air strikes, and now Marines in Abrams tanks.

“The tanks bring awe, shock and firepower,” the officer said. “It’s pretty significant.”

Because if you’ve been besieged by war for 30 years, you are going to be awed and shocked by tank fire. I have a hard time believing that anyone quoted in this piece actually believes what they’re telling the public. “We’ve taken the gloves off, and it has had huge impact,” for instance. Or how “you’re connecting the government to the people” by making them travel to a district-government office and submit a claim for a NATO-demolished house. Because who doesn’t love dealing with incompetent bureaucrats after foreigners destroy their property?