DefDog: Hard Truths from Afghanistan

04 Inter-State Conflict, 05 Civil War, 07 Other Atrocities, 10 Security, Corruption, Cultural Intelligence, IO Deeds of Peace, IO Impotency, Military
DefDog

I got hold of a few truths, and could not help remembering the Phi Beta Iota quote:

Fedor Dostoevsky: A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else.

Here are some facts:

1)   Saydabad is one of the worst districts in Wardak

2)  Chinook loss should be attributed to American hubris.

3)  July reporting shows US patrols increasingly timid.

4)  Current rate for Afghan Army defectors is 30,000 rupees, around US$650, which appears to include their bringing over their weapon and other gear.

5)  Crash killed 38, including 22 members of the elite SEAL Team 6 and their support element.   Seven were Afghans so we are at 29, there was a crew of three.  So, did we send in 22 SEALS and a crew of three, plus the Afghans to rescue six Rangers? The numbers on the Chinook do not add up.  There is something seriously fishy about the government story.

6)  Sure feels like Viet-Nam deja vu, where the public could not trust the government or the media to report accurately on anything having to do with our presence therer.