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Our Weak Government Must Stop Apologizing for Criminal Behavior of Others

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27 February 2012

The recent Koran-burning in Afghanistan has again inspired lunacy and murder.  And while the US civilian and military leadership burdened by their oleaginous apologies tumbles down a moral stairwell, Afghan security forces continue to murder American and Coalition troops.  Insider violence persists at an increasing rate.  Approximately 200 Coalition members have been killed or wounded in nearly fifty documented “green on blue” attacks.

Noticeably absent from the airwaves is a definitive apology from Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a vow to fight this treachery committed by his troops.  Instead, we are likely to hear Karzai whining about night raids that his own troops help conduct every night.

We should immediately cut off all aid to Afghanistan until we hear a public apology from Karzai, and a denouncement from Karzai of Coalition murders by Afghan troops.  We should end all unnecessarily joint operations, training, and support of Afghan forces until we have public assurances from Karzai that the Afghan government strongly condemns the increasing murders of Coalition members.  Armed Afghans should not be allowed onto US aircraft.  Our people do missions every night with armed Afghans on our helicopters.  It would be nothing to take down a CH-47 from the inside.

It is time that we redeploy our main battle force home and disentangle ourselves from AfPak.

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    BSM · 9 years ago
    I read a report from NPR where a Muslim imam said that if Korans are no longer serviceable, then the proper way to dispose of them is to BURN them. So, IMHO, our soldiers did nothing wrong, and really no apology needed. As far as I'm concerned, they are just looking for an excuse to go on a rampage. We need to get out of there now!! There is absolutely no negotiating with these kind of people.
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    Jack E. Hammond · 9 years ago
    Folks,

    Come on, I was the astsysop for Compuserves Military Forum (at that time the only game in town) and I learned really fast the quote below is always true. And all you are doing by biting when who ever this is throws a hook in the water is feed an ego. Finally, Yon has a great forum here. But he should require a first and last name on messages. That would save a lot of these problems.

    Jack E. Hammond

    "Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be -- or to be indistinguishable from -- a self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time."

    --- Neil Stephenson in Cryptonomicon


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      Serge · 9 years ago
      The fact that you had been working for the US military only means that the blood of those innocent people, including the elderly men and women, and children, murdered in Iraq, Afghanistan, and whatever other places, by the US soldiers, is on your hands, too! CIA created Islamist terrorist groups in Afghanistan, the network of those groups is known as Al-Qaeda! It is a fact! CIA uses Al-Qaeda terrorist to this day, controls them, provides financial and information support! It is a fact! US soldiers risk and lose their lives pretending they are looking for those same terrorist groups that the US government had created and has since armed, controlled, and supported just to keep their undereducated soldiers busy! Just like in Vietnam, the American soldiers are going to be the ultimate losers in that war in Afghanistan! They have been victimized along with the poor and genuinely innocent Afghan people! It is great hypocrisy on the part of the US government and US military commanders to send 18-20 year old boys into that meat-grinder of the Afghan "battlespace". It is not the kind of war their grand fathers had fought in WWII and not the kind of "feats" they would be proud of.
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    Tom Paine76 · 9 years ago
    Michael has always spoken the truth. If he says it is time to get out, that's good enough for me. It is time to go.
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    Jack E. Hammond · 9 years ago
    Folks,

    An old Arab proverb goes: "Better a thousand enemies outside the house than one inside."

    But the US/NATO problem in Afghanistan today is that we have a 100 possible enemies inside the house for ever 1000 out side.

    Jack E. Hammond

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    Dennis · 9 years ago
    Michael, I haven't read your work in a while, but I'm a little taken aback by your new attitude...I feel the mighty have fallen and it breaks my heart a little. Your writing on Iraq was some of the most inspiring, informative, and beautiful stuff I'd ever read. However, now it seems you've become terse and...maybe even a touch childish. What prompted your turnaround on the war in Afghanistan is what I really want to know. I've been working backwards with your dispatches to try to figure that out but haven't really found a post with substance on the issue yet. I'm not saying you're wrong, its very hard to know much about the Afghan war since the media won't cover it, but I'd really like a better idea of why you think we should leave. Karzi (whatever his name is) is a prick, but I think we need to make our decisions based on more than that, and it wouldn't be like you to disagree.
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      Michael Yon author · 9 years ago
      Dennis,

      Thank you for the message. Karzai is practically Taliban himself. If you watch him over the years, you'd understand. Maybe a quick Google of "Karzai threatens to join Taliban" can help on that. He actually threatened to join the Taliban at least twice. Taliban probably asked him to stay where he's at.

      I've actually been very negative about Afghanistan since 2006. I wrote 12 dispatches in 2006 saying in clear terms we were losing. I got a lot of flack for that. In 2011, I was seeing some progress (there always has been progress but the curves are not going to intersect in time), and even got a few flashes of hope in 2011, but by end of 2011 I was negative again. I lost confidence in our leadership. Petraeus did well, but he needed to stay for years and it was time for him to go home. At the end of the day, these are of course all gut assessments. There is no way to deduce what's happening. Have we made progress? Absolutely. Is this going to turn out well? Highly unlikely. We also have increasing discipline problems. At least twice in the last three weeks I published that a massacre was coming. It just happened. 16 dead. Don't like to predict things like that, and certainly not to turn out correct, but it was a bit obvious that probability was increasing. (And still is.)

      Michael

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