Yet another reason to bring them home TODAY!

The draft handbook 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 toward Afghans,” “mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct” or “anything related to Islam,” according to the Journal.

Yes there is a new handbook being considered for our soldiers in Afghanistan that tells them to ignore some of the most basic human rights and values we as a sane western society adhere to, pedophilia.

I have written about this and many other atrocities conducted by the Afghan security forces that our soldiers have to deal with and struggle with in how to react. Now the Center for Army Lessons Learned has seriously drafted a handbook telling soldiers that speaking up about these and other “taboo” things in the Afghan lifestyle is why the forces we have been embedded with for 10 years are all of a sudden turning on us an trying to kill us.

The draft of the newest Army handbook seems to suggest that ignorance of Afghan culture is to blame for deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces, according to The Wall Street Journal, which got a peek at the 75-page document. But its message of walking on eggshells around the locals is not going over well with U.S. Marine Gen. John Allen, the top military commander in Afghanistan.

Do they think our soldiers just recently started these practices? I was there FIVE years ago and I admonished Afghan soldiers for homosexual acts and drug use on missions, beastiality, and pedophilia among many other acts of indecency and unprofessionalism. There were green on blue acts back then but DOD and ISAF were not tracking them. They didn’t officially start that until 2009. However I never felt threatened by an Afghan for talking to them about these things. They only time I or anyone on my team felt threatened is when we tried to correct an act by an Afghan which put the lives of US soldiers, Afghan soldiers, Afghan civilians at risk or compromised a mission. Not every time these things happened, but some times when they did.

I am encouraged to see that Gen. Allen thinks this handbook is crap too.

“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.

As long as he holds his ground and is not forced by the administration to allow this handbook then maybe there is a chance this will never see the light of day. Regardless this just shows how disconnected some senior leaders in our military have become, along with other “experts”.

Whoever authored this handbook and approved it, needs to have their teeth kicked in and then sent to Afghanistan to live among the locals for a few months. Then I would like to see how touchy-feely and PC they would like to be.

They next thing they are going to say is that we should not talk bad about, cuss out, or say anything derogatory about the Taliban as it may upset them and encourage them to try and kill us.

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3 thoughts on “Yet another reason to bring them home TODAY!”

  1. I remember when I did the PMT missions and think about the insider attacks. I think now that it’s been about 3 years since i was in country, it looks very scary on the outside (being back in the US now) but I’m probably sure that when I was in country I was like whatever, we will handle it.

    But I do agree that this PC stuff will incur more insider attacks. I say this because the Afghan culture is IMO, a warrior culture and “softness” can lead to insider attacks. In this culture and I wish the our “experts” would understand this is that being “hard” curtails insider attacks.

    IMO Afghans will be motivated by the men with the “biggest guns”, and that doesn’t just mean having a strong air-force or more artillery but in general they will side with the people that are seen as strong and what is seen as soft actions are seen as weak.

    “One thing I told my soldiers, was that it’s great to hand out candy and soccer balls, but respect is given through the air-strike.”

    1. Ron you are correct. That culture does not respect kindness. They truly take that as weakness. They respect someone who is stern and brutal. Doesn’t mean they like it, but they respect it. As you can remember when you were there, I am sure you practiced having a commanding and always alert presence and never looking complacent and unaware as it would invite trouble. BTW, I love your quote. I may have to borrow that one.

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