kamui Posted February 7, 2012 Report Share Posted February 7, 2012 Truth, lies and Afghanistan How military leaders have let us down By LT. COL. DANIEL L. DAVIS I spent last year in Afghanistan, visiting and talking with U.S. troops and their Afghan partners. My duties with the Armyâ€™s Rapid Equipping Force took me into every significant area where our soldiers engage the enemy. Over the course of 12 months, I covered more than 9,000 miles and talked, traveled and patrolled with troops in Kandahar, Kunar, Ghazni, Khost, Paktika, Kunduz, Balkh, Nangarhar and other provinces. What I saw bore no resemblance to rosy official statements by U.S. military leaders about conditions on the ground. Entering this deployment, I was sincerely hoping to learn that the claims were true: that conditions in Afghanistan were improving, that the local government and military were progressing toward self-sufficiency. I did not need to witness dramatic improvements to be reassured, but merely hoped to see evidence of positive trends, to see companies or battalions produce even minimal but sustainable progress. Instead, I witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level. ... What a surprise ... Remember Iraq, all the spin we heard about the success of the US troops? Same, same in Afghanistan. The Taliban will be back as soon as the US military is packing its stuff. And millions of international aid will have been vanished. What a waste. Unless in Iraq the US- and the other western forces could have made a difference. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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