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Serving Officer Says Leadership Lying About Afghan Progress

Posted by The Agonist on February 6th, 2012

From our partners at The Agonist

Lt. Col Daniel L. Davis has caused a bit of a stir by taking to the pages of the Armed Forces Journal to accuse America’s political and military leadership of lying about how well things are going in Afghanistan. His public statements are unusual in the extreme for a serving officer.

During his deployment last year, he writes:

I saw the incredible difficulties any military force would have to pacify even a single area of any of those provinces; I heard many stories of how insurgents controlled virtually every piece of land beyond eyeshot of a U.S. or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) base.

I saw little to no evidence the local governments were able to provide for the basic needs of the people. Some of the Afghan civilians I talked with said the people didn’t want to be connected to a predatory or incapable local government.

From time to time, I observed Afghan Security forces collude with the insurgency.

I anybody really surprised?

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