US stops training some Afghan forces after attacks

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  • Utah Girl Vernal, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    My son just returned from deployment to Afghanistan as part of a group that trained the ALPs. He said the Rules of Engagement have so much tied their hands that it makes it nearly impossible to eliminate the Taliban and insurgent forces that keep infiltrating the villages and the local police. He said his unit knew who the Taliban were in their village, but could do nothing about it but observe. He believes they will take control within a few months after our departure, and that is frustrating to him, and to the other military personnel who have tried so hard to help the Afghans have a better life. And I have yet to meet a soldier who has any respect for Karzai. They do not trust him. So sad that we have lost so many, and it is uncertain what there is to show for it.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    Our troops have done a superb job at carrying out their assigned duties, with bravery, honor, compassion, and extreme patience and perseverance.

    However, no amount of training will change the Afghan culture. They are mired in the 7th century, anchored there by a philosophy that loves death while ours loves life. Their entire history and heritage is that of unrelenting and endless tribal warfare against each other, with brief interludes of uneasy cooperation against "foreign" invaders, such as the British, and more recently the Russians, and now the Americans (although nominally a "NATO" operation).

    It is time to stop training the Afghans, and to simply declare victory and bring our troops home. Not a dollar of "aid" to any of them. They will revert to their internal strife and honor killings and the like, but we have sacrificed too much blood and treasure already attempting to change that which cannot be changed.

    Thank you, troops, but it is time to leave.

    And, if anyone leaves Afghanistan and appears to be headed to attack any U.S. or even any western targets, they should be destroyed by whatever force is necessary. Fight amongst yourselves, but don't bother us!