Well why not? Tanks make everything better, they can even cure hangovers.
The U.S. military is sending a contingent of heavily armored battle tanks to Afghanistan for the first time in the nine-year war, defense officials said, a shift that signals a further escalation in the aggressive tactics that have been employed by American forces this fall to attack the Taliban.
Obviously we won't be running these suckers up into the mountains, but there are plenty of flat spots in country. If you are going to set up a cord and search or mount other operations it is just always nice to have a tank around. They shoot and move and work as an intimidator, all good things in my book. As long as we are smart about where we deploy and employ them, this is simply another weapon in our arsenal that we can use to make dead tangos.
The deep strategerists on the left are having fun with the quote that these would bring "Awe and shock". That is the advantage of being a lefty snark vendor. No one looks to you for serious commentary or answers, and WhyGlesias delivers exactly none.