They really want that? Are they being serious? Who wants this, Karzai and his fellow leaders living well in Kabul? Because it is not the soldiers out on the ground. They are fine with never going outside the wire and doing missions. ANA and ANP would be happy to sit in their very safe FOBs and camps all day and earn a paycheck for nothing.
Who does Karzai think is reading these reports? He knows as well as anyone else that has served in or around the ANA for the last few years that there is a ANA face on every mission (or just about every mission). I know that may sound crude, but it is the truth. A mission in Afghanistan does not happen without at least a squad or two of Afghan Army soldiers there as part of the mission. We call that putting an ANA face on everything. Now granted, there may be 20 ANA soldiers on a mission, but they very well could be backed up by a company (120+) or larger unit of Americans. The ANA may be the first ones through the door on a house breech, but it is the Americans who come in later to do the real searching.
There are many ETTs and PMTs in country that would love for the Afghan military and police to go out on mission by themselves and not need any Americans there. However the ANA would get wiped out if that happen becuase if there were no American mentors on every mission with the Afghan forces then there would be no medical evacuation, no close air support and no effective fire from crew-serve weapons.
I love this one line, Hamidzada said that international forces should be “mentors and as backup and support for our forces.”
Hey IDIOT!!! That is the basic mission of Task Force Phoenix which is in its 8th year. This is what ETTs have been trying to do, but until you start getting rid of corruption, kick out the bad soldiers, and find soldiers who want to be soldiers for the good of their country and not just for a paycheck then the ANA will never step up and lead anytihng.
The bottom line of this ranting blog entry is the following: The American goals for the last 7 years have been to get the ANA to step up and lead the missions. Americans don’t want to die for Afghanistan when there is no shortage of Afghans that can die for Afghanistan. Karzai and his government are such hypocrites that it makes me sick to read this stuff and even think one person may believe these lies.
I wish American military leaders or congressional leaders would call Afghanistan on this, however I don’t think that would happen.