Army Lt. Colonel report contradicts U.S. progress in Afghanistan

Lt. Col. Daniel Davis is a 17 year Army veteran. He just returned from his 2nd Afghanistan tour. He has published a report that is his personal assessment of the Afghanistan war. It’s not classified, however, he has also published a second classified report which he has submitted to members of Congress. These reports are very damning to the federal governments assertions about the progress of the war. He claims we have been purposely misled in overstating our success. This paragraph sums it up quite well in questioning how is it even feasible we haven’t defeated such an inferior enemy.

The United States, along with over 40 NATO and other allied nations, possess the most sophisticated, powerful, and technologically advanced military force that has ever hit the field of combat. We have the finest and most well trained Soldiers that exist anywhere; we have armored vehicles of every type, to include MIA2 Main Battle Tanks; artillery, mortars, advanced rockets, precision guided missiles, and hand-held rocket launchers; we have a wholly uncontested air force composed of NATO’s most advanced ground attack fighter jets, bombers, AWACS controllers, spy planes, signals-interception aircraft, B 1 bombers, attack helicopters, and massive transport jets to ferry our troops and critical supplies where they are needed; we have thousands of unmanned aerial drones both for intelligence collection and missile-launching; we have a helicopter fleet for personnel transport and attack support; we have an enormous constellation of spy satellites; logistics that are as limitless as the combined weight of the industrial world; we have every technological device known to the profession of arms; we are able to intercept virtually every form of insurgent communication to include cell phones, walkie-talkies, satellite phones, email, and even some ability to eves-drop on otherwise private conversations; a remarkably capable cohort of intelligence analysts that arc as educated, well trained and equipped to a degree that used to exist only in science fiction; and our various nations have the economic wherewithal to spend $10s of billions each month to fund it all. And for almost 10 years we have pitted this unbelievable and unprecedented capability against: A bunch of dudes in bed sheets and flip-flops.

Read the entire report here –

You can read the report and draw your own conclusions as to its validity. I reference it in this post merely to point out my continued assertion that we have never been fighting in Afghanistan in order to win a war. Go here, here, here, here, here, here and here if you wish to read any of my previous posts on this issue.

Lt. Col. Davis has been there. Does he have some agenda? I have no idea. He is in no way promoting what I am. His concern is clearly for the wasted lives of the soldiers in a war we have no intention of winning. That’s certainly a worthwhile reason all by itself. His claim is that the Taliban have been steadily gaining strength since 2005 and will surely take over control upon our exit. I contend we were there all along for strategic purposes to promote our national energy policies in the interest of our national defense and his report is just more reinforcement of that.

9 thoughts on “Army Lt. Colonel report contradicts U.S. progress in Afghanistan”

  1. Something does not add-up with our war in Afghanistan. It took us what…nine years to find bin Laden in Pakistan? If we were there all this time because natural resources or because we wanted to have a strategic military base there, it appears we are going to end-up with nothing. I think the Lt. Colonel is right. It was one big balls-up.

  2. It adds up for me, just not in the way it’s sold to us. Just to clarify, I believe we were there to secure natural resources access (gas pipelines, rare earth minerals, etc.). We are absolutely in a strategical war, if you will, with Russia and China to secure future access as it will be crucial in the next decades. The evidence is everywhere if one is willing to look. We needed justification for our presence. I agree with the report in that we have lost many lives over there. Was it needlessly? Not if you see them as necessary tactics in our national defense strategy. But you can’t say that to the American people. The eternal war on terror is the brainchild of think-tanks who see it as a way to stoke the fears of Americans and justify virtually any actions as necessary to protect us. It’s working.

  3. Everything you are saying would make perfect sense to except it appears we will be leaving without any strategic gains. The Taliban will be coming back with Pakistan’s support and if I am not mistaken, the Afghan government is or has signed agreements with China to mine the huge lithium deposits that our USGA geologist discovered. So if all of this was for some strategic advantage, where are they?

  4. I addressed that in this post –

    “Back to the Afghan pullout issue. The TAPI pipeline has not been completed yet, however, progress is underway. Pakistan and India are the main drivers and have recently made significant progress. One of the sticking points is U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and the Taliban position on it. In other words, we are now in the way of getting this done. Thus, the moving up of our withdrawal from the region. I don’t think the Panetta leak was a gaffe at all. It’s intended for the Taliban and all the other interested parties in order to satisfy their urging for us to get out-of-the-way so they can proceed. The Taliban and Pakistan have been in bed together for a long time and Pakistan needs the gas as does India.”

    Of course I may be wrong. It’s my interpretation. But show me another reason for the longest war in our history. It certainly wasn’t about Bin Laden. It certainly wasn’t to eradicate the Taliban and nation build. As you stated, we aren’t leaving with anything tangible. Or just maybe I’m correct and we secured the access we were after and are now in the way. Neither the Russians nor the Chinese were able to exclude us and the theatre has now shifted as Obama has pointed out in our national defense iniatives. I’ll also leave open the option that we failed to achieve our objectives at all and we are just now exiting with our tail between our legs.

  5. Here’s a little more food for thought if I haven’t convinced you. Have you ever heard of the TFBSO? Go here to read up on it –

    It is a government agency tasked with exactly what I claim – developing areas for economic (as in natural resources) development. Their mission statement.

    The mission of the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO or Task Force) is economic stabilization in order to reduce violence, enhance stability, and restore economic normalcy in areas where unrest and insurgency have created a synchronous downward spiral of economic hardship and violence. TFBSO creates stabilization by developing economic opportunities through a range of efforts, including encouraging investment by U.S. and international businesses, developing a country’s natural resources in a way that is economically sound and environmentally responsible, and assisting industrial development and agricultural revitalization.

    This is a DOD agency specifically created to encourage economic development in Iraq and Afghanistan. As I’ve said, we weren’t there for Bin Laden or to nation build. We’ve made deals with the Taliban before in this area and now that the Taliban are separating from Al-Qaeda and partnering with Pakistan in an effort to make deals with Afghanistan, we stand to benefit more by getting out of the way. This agency just solidifies my view even more as to what we were there for all along.

  6. Indeed I have heard of the TFBSO. I apologize if I seem a tad dense but I still don’t see what the US got out this ten year war. I see what Russia, China and everybody else gets but what do we get?

  7. IMO, we had a goal of getting the TAPI pipeline completed. It’s also about mining the rare earth minerals to break the Chinese global monopoly. At a minimum, it’s about what the Russians and Chinese don’t get as much as it is about what we get. The entire Caspian Sea region is an absolute treasure trove of natural resources and Afghanistan is geographically critical for pipelines. I’ve got some more info I’ve been looking at. I think I’ll do one more post and try to tie it all together.

  8. Let¡s say the pipeline is not a pipe dream. we are not exactly leaving the area with Pakistan and Afghanistan as strong allies. So, I will be very surprised if US companies win any of the construction contracts. If the pipeline does get built and is able to operate without constant interruptions caused by tribal feuding, it seems India will be the principal beneficiary. As for the rare earth resources ( and may have some more current information), it appears from what I have read that China has already signed mining contracts. So, if our goal was to benefit from the pipeline and the resources, it looks to me like we did a pretty lousy job of obtaining those goals. But, I accept that that may very well have been our original motivation.

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