Soldiers Ordered Not To Offend Radical Islamists

When the Ft. Hood terrorist shooting became “workplace violence”, after certain words such as “Radical Islam”, “terrorism” and “Jihadist” were removed from all national security documents, or when the FBI allowed a known Hamas operative into a six week program that included tours of top-secret areas of our National Counterterrorism Center, I truly thought it couldn’t get worse. I was wrong.

What has been termed “Green on Blue” attacks, (with green being the Afghan forces and blue being the U.N. or Coalition forces), has killed 125 troops.  A breakdown of deaths per year and percentage of Coalition deaths caused by such attacks shows the increase since these attacks started,

  • 2008 – 2 – less than 1%
  • 2009 – 12 – 2%
  • 2010 – 16 – 2%
  • 2011 – 35 – 6%
  • 2012 – 60 – 16%

A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article on December 11 reported on a new Army manual or handbook for U.S. Troops that goes beyond any stupidity I have seen thus far from this administration,

The 75-page manual, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, is part of a continuing effort by the U.S. military to combat a rise in attacks by Afghan security forces aimed at coalition troops.

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.

According to the draft handbook prepared by Army researchers,  “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 Pamela Gellar of

“The draft leaked to the newspaper offers a list of “taboo conversation topics” that soldiers should avoid, including “making derogatory comments about the Taliban,” “advocating women’s rights,” “any criticism of pedophilia,” “directing any criticism towards Afghans,” “mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct” or “anything related to Islam.”

In addition to this madness, the manual also claims that it is not the Taliban that is causing the rise in attacks by Afghan soldiers, but a lack of understanding on the part of the West.

The “study” for this new manual is what I find to be most interesting,

The study, based on interviews with 600 members of the Afghan security forces and 200 American soldiers, painted a grim portrait of opposing cultures with simmering disdain for their counterparts.

The draft handbook uses Maj. Bordin’s conclusions to psychologically prepare troops for serving in Afghanistan. A summary includes views of some U.S. soldiers that Afghan forces engage in thievery, are “gutless in combat,” are “basically stupid,” “profoundly dishonest,” and engage in “treasonous collusion and alliances with enemy forces.”

So basically after interviewing 200 U.S. soldiers the overwhelming consensus is that Afghan forces are thieves who are gutless, basically stupid, profoundly dishonest and are treasonous. So rather than believing those that have served and fought there, just write a rule book telling them not to say or do anything.

The U.S. is due to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014 just one year from now. As soon as the U.S. and coalition forces leave, the Taliban will step right back in and it will have been 13 years of wasted time, money and worst of all lives.

I have an idea, let’s forget about not insulting them and just leave now. I mean why bother waiting for more “green on blue” attacks and more deaths and for the military to realize that maybe it was because of the war and not the insults.


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