I found this link in a post from a forum I frequent unrelated to politics, yesterday and then Drudge picked it up and AP at Hot Air posted on the subject last night. It’s one respected man’s opinion, but it is just that. Afghanistan might not be going as well as we are told.
The article is posted in Armed Forces Journal, and as I noted I found it through another web forum. The first post of the topic included “this guy’s career is over” in the title. Lt.Col. Daniel Davis writes…
I spent last year in Afghanistan, visiting and talking with U.S. troops and their Afghan partners. My duties with the Army’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.
AP at Hot Air notes…
Plenty of anecdotes about Afghan troops’ haplessness and/or corruption at the link. The thing is, I’ve been reading news stories in that vein sporadically for years now. Davis would presumably say that that’s the point, that as the years roll on the same problems recur, but you don’t need his report to realize that.
Is the general consensus from those who have served in Afghanistan or are currently serving the same as the LTC’s? My guess is “yes” but I’ve only heard from a few.
Only time will tell…