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In recent weeks an Afghan soldier opened fire on a group of American soldiers but missed the group entirely. The Americans quickly shot him to death. Not a word about this was reported by the International Security Assistance Force, or Isaf, as the coalition is formally known. It was disclosed to the AP by a US official who was granted anonymity in order to give a fuller picture of the "insider" problem.
Isaf also said nothing about last week's attack in which two Afghan policemen in Kandahar province fired on US soldiers, wounding two. Reporters learned of it from Afghan officials and from US officials in Washington. The two Afghan policemen were shot to death by the Americans present.
Last Wednesday, an attack that killed a US army special forces soldier, staff sergeant Andrew T Brittonmihalo, 25, of Simi Valley, Califronia, also wounded three other American soldiers. The death was reported by Isaf as an insider attack, but it made no mention of the wounded – or that an Afghan civilian also was killed.
Thats one of the most intelligent posts I have read on ATS. Being anti-war I must admit,I am a little harsh on the soldiers at times. I know they are pretty much all good people.
And Im from Australia,there have been many Australian Soldiers killed by Afghan Military recently. It must be very hard wondering if an Afghan Soldier that is supposed to be on your side is going to turn his weapon on you. Seems to be a big problem.
War is Hell.~William Tecumseh Sherman
Unfortunately,People snap. It happens.Its more of a problem,for those serving,I believe. The daily bombardment of having to do a Job,Many cant,or couldn't do. I will always be grateful for those who serve.
Anyone that believes this is a easy job,needs to get their heads fixed.
Originally posted by seabag
I agree…but I think more people believe it’s just a brainless job reserved for the poor and uneducated, which is simply a stereotype. Most who serve come from good families and a good upbringing and their heart is in the right place. At least that’s been my experience.
I just don't know about the Afghanistan military though. I would think many militarys,are the same,all the world over,minus the training and expertise,for the most part.
I wonder if the Afghan Military even has a program,for those who are maybe in the position to have a mental breakdown. I also don't know how they go about recruiting their recruits. If they have a strict protocol,a psych evaluation,etc...... I think this should be MANDATORY for EVERY Military.
Thats one reason I never joined the military. It's kinda hard to defend against a domestic enemy if they just ship you off wherever the hell they please.
But afghanistan is a hell hole and it doesn't surprise me that the MSM doesn't report it. We really should be getting out of there, but the word is, that more will be deploying soon.
Great story and narrative on the problems here. S/F!
I think what we're doing to and asking of our Military men and their families is just insane and bordering on criminal as a society. Vietnam sucked by all accounts. I saw what it did to my late Father and grew up learning about it. That was a 12 month tour though. Many of these guys now are 5 and 6 or MORE combat tours. Many of those aren't the mini-tours of some of the Service units who go over, but started with the stop loss 'it's however long they feel like making it' crap of the early years.
It's time to bring 'em home...and I think your stats show it well. If Obama doesn't have the courage to just get it done and stop doubling down into a bad situation over there, then I say, institute the draft. The public will insure the war is over inside 3 months of the first honest to goodness draft notice landing in someone's box.
As far as the Afghanis, I'm just sick about what we've done over there with this. Those aren't Afghani military in most cases from how I'm reading these stories. These are AQ and/or Tribal relations to be loyal to the Taliban side and infiltrating. Rather than turning against our guys, I believe we're seeing fighters fulfilling their whole purpose for ever joining the Afghani Army. That's the army we helped rebuild and structure. Err... OOPS doesn't cut it.
Oh well... their problem. Time to cut bait because I just can't see it getting better, ya know? The guys over there won't ask to come home. They're too proud. It needs to be ordered, so lets see the order come.
Originally posted by thehoneycomb
reply to post by seabag
Ooh did someone say draft. Thats not a good deal at all. Think about it. If all of our troops are deployed and an attack is launched on American Soil and they reinstate a draft. Not that I am afraid of being drafted as I am post that point, but think of the indoctrination that has been going on since 9/11. The boy scout troops training with DHS and so fourth, now thats a scary thought.
Oh the draft is the best thing that could happen right now. The American people would finally drop the frggin ding dongs and turn off the boob tube long enough to get mad about something. When little Johnny isn't volunteering but being flat out TOLD he WILL be serving starting on xx date and there is prison as the only alternative, today's American will outright demand peace or impeachment before someone can say boo. I'd say it's the fastest way to end the war.
Service in the peace that follows might actually build some character into the next generation. Military service in peacetime is a great thing too.
And why do you think that is? The reason the budget is short so they are calling for less and less police is because they want more Union control of Law Enforcement to push the Oath Keepers out and replace the entire system with DHS. Then they will use gestapo like tactics.