With four more US soldiers killed today in yet another “green-on-blue” attack, Gen. Martin Dempsey issued unusually blunt statements against the Afghan government, accusing them of not taking the issue seriously enough.
“Something has to change,” Dempsey insisted, saying that the continued attacks are posing a “very serious threat” to the NATO occupation forces’ goal in the now 11-year-old war.
For months the US and NATO had been downplaying the problem too, saying that they were already addressing it. Now, Dempsey admits, “We can’t just convince ourselves that we just have to work harder to get through it.”
Already US forces had been ordered armed at all times when on Afghan bases, something that previously was reserved for military police. Then NATO scrapped the training mission, likely for months, to “rescreen” Afghan recruits.
Now, US forces are being ordered not to interact with Afghan forces in any way for the next 24 hours, with indications that this could well be expanded further. As the Afghan forces get more and more alienated from the occupation forces, this tension seems like it will continue to grow.
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Dear Gen. Dempsey, get used to the fact, that oposition around the globe may start massively with terrorist tactics, activities and false flags, US and Israel interduced and have been carrying over past decades around the World. Very soon, no occupaing soldier including your diplomatic / covert spy rings/ missions may taste what YOU HAVE BEEN SERVING TO OTHERS!!!
Desparate people affected by "Brutal internacional colonist zionism" may do anything to get even….peter czech
The good general should be reminded that "all is fair in love and war" — and those are their own rules.
The only difference between what happened in Iraq and what is happening in Afghanistan (in regard to "training the police and national army) is that in Iraq, even though many of the Iraqi police and Army trainees were followers of Sadr and the Mahdi Army, and therefore adamantly opposed to continued US presence, they understood that in order to get the US and their poodles out of Iraq they needed to refrain from attacking them – especially after Bush agreed to end the occupation. And the fact that as Maliki is much stronger (authoritarian) (and smarter) than Karzai he was able to control the disparate parties long enough to get the US out (and allow Maliki to consolidate his power).
In Afghanistan, there is no signed agreement to leave – only promises that on inspection are rather vague. And Karzai has no base of power, no control over the conditions and circumstances that revolve around him. The capitol is an island and even that Karzai's control is nebulous. The police and the Army are manned by many who's main desire is to see the US/ISAF gone and they perceive that the only way to accomplish that is to violently force them to retreat. There is no subtlety involved – only violence and a growing supply of people willing to fight against the occupation.
As was proven in Vietnam…you can never win a guerrilla war of terrorism and a people willing to die unless you devolve to using the same tactics. And as much as I honestly believe that the American people will never allow that to happen…I may be wrong. But, this is a war/occupation we will not survive without scars – and many young men and women coming hone in boxes. Time to get the hell out of there and let the Afghanis sort things out themselves.
"Serious threat to war?" Aw jeepers, we can't have that now can we. The Afghaniscam is one colossal failure and was a really stupid idea from the git. Get out. The Afghan people don't want any more of the US/NATO war and that much is obvious.
Inside attacks pose serious threat to war. I laughed at that line till I wet my pants. Only a clueless imperialist pig could declare resistance as a "threat to war" with a straight face — WTF? The warmongers are becoming stupider, more incoherent, babbling and ranting more nonsense by the statement. Clear indication of how well things are going in the Middle East and the state of disarray the empire is in overall.
If the good Gen. doesn't like the way the Afghan government they put in power is acting, all he has to do is go home. And take his mercenaries and war machines with him.
With all due respect, General Dempsey, the Afghan government is taking this seriously. They want you (and us) to leave them in peace.
Something has to change? Of course, the invaders have to leave asap. "… the continued attacks are posing a “very serious threat” to the NATO occupation forces"? Of course, that's the idea of an insurgency, and they have all the right and even the duty to inflict as many losses as possible on the murderers
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