Skip to comments.Be Afraid (Oliver North on Afghanistan)
Posted on 10/11/2012 3:44:26 PM PDT by jazusamo
WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan "If you leave here like you left Iraq, I am a dead man," says the blunt-speaking district governor. His district chief of police, a newly appointed civil judge and the chief of the Afghan Local Police detachment all nod their heads in assent. None of them is smiling.
We are reminded by the commander of the special operations unit with whom we are living not to broadcast names or faces of Afghan security force personnel. The local district governor is speaking through an interpreter. He doesn't pull any punches: "You must not abandon us again. You helped us expel the Soviets and then left us to the Taliban and al-Qaida. Look what happened to you. When you came back, we put our lives and our families at risk because you told us you would help us rebuild our country. But now you are leaving before the job is done. We have enemies to our east and west. They are your enemies, as well. But your deadline means we are dead."
It's a familiar refrain throughout this trip to Afghanistan. Over the past two weeks, we have heard similar messages from Afghan officials and police chiefs in Kandahar, Kabul, Helmand, Zabul and Wardak provinces. At every location, the story is basically the same: "The Americans left Iraq. Now they are leaving Afghanistan."
For people here, evidence of the just-completed drawdown is ubiquitous. When the "fighting season" began this spring, there were more than 100,000 U.S. military personnel deployed on bases around the country. The withdrawal of 33,000 U.S. surge troops leaving fewer than 68,000 American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines on the ground means scores of these outposts now are manned by Afghan forces or simply abandoned.
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This is beyond stupid. It’s treasonous.
Staying there without a defined mission and freedom to engage is disaster.
Al Qaeda is on the march in North Africa, Iraq is facilitating arms shipments from Iran to Syria and making new arms agreements with Russia. Afghanistan is getting ready to fall to the Taliban and other Islamists. Egypt has fallen to the Muslim Brotherhood with an assist from Obama. Dear Leader is doing a bang up job of getting allies killed and the US diminished.
IMPEACH SABOTEUR HUSSEIN OBAMA before he squanders all of our blood and sweat spent in Afghanistan just as we have in Iraq. Al Qaeda is already building terrorist training camps there.
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Thanks, trisham! BTTT!
You do realize that's his lifelong goal, right?
He’s a hero. :)
Undoutedly what THESE guys are saying is true. But how much should we care when virtually all ANA troops just smoke Hashish on patrol, can’t read, sexually asault their subordinates, and can’t be bothered to learn to use a proper LATRINE on a FOB..?
You can ALWAYS say, “this one guy out of these 100 is a GOOD guy...”
How much should it matter?
Everyone says we’re fighting horrible Taliban practices —which admittedly are horrible— but 90% of those are simple *PUSHTUN* practices.
Let them sort it out for themselves —this is a fruitless meat-grinder.
Please add me to the Ollie North ping list... thanks..
Correct war processing:
1) annihilate the entire country
2) take spoils of war, if there are any
2) come home
Let the enemy:
a) draw their own conclusions
b) learn their own lessons
c) feel free try again by perhaps looking at us the wrong way
Welcome jesseam, you’re on.
Oops, correction, the second step 2) is step 3).
Sorry pal, we need to get the hell out of your country. Your people do not want freedom and we cannot impose it on them. Our sons and daughters deserve better than death at the hands of your people.
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