Thursday, October 7, 2010

Warlords, Iranian Spies Hired to Guard US Troops in Afghanistan

Barack Obama refused to send the Afghanistan command the full measure of troops asked for. Is this why "Iranian spies," "Warlords" "thugs," AND "TALIBAN COMMANDERS" are hired to protect our troops? Why can't our troops protect themselves?

U.S. Army Sgt. Sharanjit Dhaliwal helps one of his soldiers across a narrow path during a presence patrol in Zabul province, Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2010. Dhaliwal is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Grenietalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Grenier

The report, published by the Senate Armed Services Committee, says lax oversight and "systemic failures" have led to "grave risks' to US forces, including instances where contractors have employed Afghan subcontractors who were "linked to murder, kidnapping and bribery, as well as Taliban and anti-coalition activities." The chairman of the committee, Sen. Carl Levin, D.-Michigan, said the report was evidence that the US needs to reduce its reliance on contractors. "We need to shut off the spigot of US dollars flowing into the pockets of warlords and power brokers who act contrary to our interests," said Sen. Levin.
The chaotic system left US facilities and personnel vulnerable to attack. The report found that some Afghan security guards simply walked off their posts at remote forward operating bases. 
Well, shout out to Senator Levin: do what the Generals have asked of you, and send them the troops needed to be safe in their own compounds.

Who can even conceive of Taliban commanders and Iranian spies standing guard over American military facilities?

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