Mr Wolf sends us a link to the Wall Street Journal which points it’s finger at the troops for causing those scores of “Green-on-Blue” attacks which have been so prevalent this year and have resulted in more than 10 percent of the battle deaths in Afghanistan.
American soldiers should brace for a “social-cultural shock” when meeting Afghan soldiers and avoid potentially fatal confrontations by steering clear of subjects including women’s rights, religion and Taliban misdeeds, according to a controversial draft of a military handbook being prepared for troops heading to the region.
The proposed Army handbook suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture, not Taliban infiltration, has helped drive the recent spike in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces.
Many of the confrontations occur because of [coalition] ignorance of, or lack of empathy for, Muslim and/or Afghan cultural norms, resulting in a violent reaction from the [Afghan security force] member,” according to the draft handbook prepared by Army researchers.
Yeah, I’m pretty sure that you folks over there have nothing else to do but discuss women’s rights with our supposed allies. Apparently, not everyone in the command structure agrees with the 75-page scolding;
[The Field manual] has drawn criticism from U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen, the top military commander in Afghanistan, who aides said hasn’t—and wouldn’t—endorse the manual as written. Gen. Allen also rejected a proposed foreword that Army officials drafted in his name.
“Gen. Allen did not author, nor does he intend to provide, a foreword,” said Col. Tom Collins, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan. “He does not approve of its contents.”
Gen. Allen hadn’t seen the proposed foreword until a portion of the handbook was called to his attention by the Journal, Col. Collins said. Military officials wouldn’t spell out his precise objections.
Big Army as the State Department. It seems to me that they’d take the advice of the commander on the ground instead of peddling the current line from the civilians. We’ve already had the Sergeant Major of the Army, Ray Chandler and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs scolding gatherings of the troops for being culturally insensitive, so this FM is giving them cover for their irrational blather.
Even the Afghan government concedes that most of the attacks were committed by Taliban infiltrators, but Big Army, those folks who fly into Afghanistan for a day and then fly out, would rather blame the troops.