By Jim Emerson, staff writer
When members of the Afghanistan National Army or the Afghan police open fire on American or NATO troops the event is called “Green on Blue” Incident. Blue on Green is the war on terror’s polite term for Friendly Fire, but let’s be honest our soldiers are being murdered by the people we liberated. The number of Green on Blue incidents has been on the rise with at least 80 coalition troops having been killed by “friendly” Afghans since 2009. Twenty six NATO Soldiers have been killed including 13 Americans in 19 attacks so far in 2012.
Last week treacherous Afghans killed three British soldiers at a safe checkpoint in the Helmand province, The gunman was later wounded and captured by British forces. (5) According to reliable reports it is unlikely that the gunman was affiliated with the Taliban. Five Americans have been wounded after being fired upon by a member of the Afghan Army. The soldiers were medevac’d and the shooter escaped into the eastern Wardak province and is still hiding. Afghan forces are not immune to such attacks from within their own ranks in what is called Green on Green attacks.
The Taliban often claim responsibility for the Green on Blue attacks, but most of these incidents seem to be carried out by undisciplined disgruntled soldiers turning his frustration against the people who are tasked to train them to kill the enemy. The Taliban are claiming credit for these attacks to intimidate tribal leaders in the rural regions. All they have to do is wait till the Americans leave, declare victory and punish the Afghans left behind who dared to oppose the Jihad.
Obama’s policy regarding Afghanistan is similar to the plans put forth by Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon in regard to our withdrawal from Viet Nam. The current policy is to build up the Afghan security forces to allow the withdrawal of American and NATO troops. The short slightness of this strategy ignores the tribal nature of the Afghans. They will not allow themselves to become a national force. They have no history of being one nation. The Afghan National Army was the crown jewel of Obama’s Administration’s “Afghanistization” policy but the Army isn’t ready for prime time. They are more proficient at killing Americans and NATO partners then they are killing Taliban.
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- 2. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/5/first-nato-trucks-cross-pakistan-border/
- 3. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/world/asia/afghan-soldiers-step-up-killings-of-allied-forces.html?pagewanted=print
- 4. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/world/asia/coalition-troops-killed-by-afghan-in-police-uniform.html
- 5. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jul/02/three-british-soldiers-killed-afghanistan
- 6. http://outlookafghanistan.net/view.php?post_id=1023
- 7. http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/119064
This day in history July 7
1863: The first military draft is put into place with an “out.” Men could buy their way out of the draft and thus dodge it by paying a substitute $300.00. Read how a Democrat president was the first draft dodger in Coach’s new book, Crooks Thugs and bigots: the lost hidden and changed history of the Democratic Party available at: http://crooksthugsandbigots.com
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