I guess that the Afghans are learning that a professional fighting force takes hard work that the professional American troops made look easy, according to the Washington Post;
After U.S. soldiers left Combat Outpost Conlon in February — packing up weapons, generators and portable toilets — their Afghan successors rushed to the American barracks and command center, eager to inspect their inheritance.
The Afghans renamed Conlon in Dari and scrawled Koran verses on the walls. The base was now theirs, and they were proud.
Months later, it’s a dismal scene. The 240 Afghan soldiers are down to three hours of electricity a day. Almost all of their vehicles have broken down. They don’t have the night-vision goggles needed to guard their base after sunset.
As the Taliban ramped up its attacks in eastern Afghanistan’s Wardak province this spring, the Afghan soldiers here came to a painful conclusion: They were not ready to take on the fight alone. But it was too late — the Americans were not coming back.
Imagine that; Americans were always pulling maintenance on their vehicles and equipment, picking up after themselves, not spending their time writing inane crap on the walls of their shitters, and somehow not doing all that turns out to be good. I wonder why that is. I mean all it takes to win a war is to put on a uniform and carry a loaded weapon around, right? The enemy will surrender in no time once they see Mahmoud the goatherder rockin’ his new M4.
“The Americans left too early, and they left without giving us what we need,” said Lt. Col. Hamidullah Kohdamany, the battalion commander.
What? Common sense to maintain your equipment? The article goes on to complain that there’s no one to hand carry the Afghans over this trench they’ve dug for themselves. They have one working truck among the heaps of other wrecks. Their radios don’t work so they use their cell phones to broadcast their war planning to the Taliban.
“The enemy has gotten stronger since the Americans left, and their morale is up,” Kohdamany said.
“We talk to the local people a lot. But it’s like talking to a donkey. No matter what we say, they support the Taliban,” said Capt. Azizullah, the top commander on the base, who like many Afghans uses only one name.
Well, your broke asses don’t exactly inspire confidence, bud. But then neither did our civilians leaders who were asking when we were going to leave Afghanistan before the first boot touched the ground.
Sorry, I’ve been reading Outlaw Platoon this week and I’m a little pissed at the Afghans.