What a way to start 2013…

…by adding more enemy fighters to try to kill out soldiers

KABUL, Afghanistan — Some 250 prisoners formerly held by the U.S. have been released by Afghan authorities in hopes that this will lead to reconciliation in the 11-year conflict, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday.

Police Maj. Jalal Uddin said that 80 were freed from prisons across the country that day, the latest batch of a total of 400 to be released this week. The released prisoners had been captured in operations against the Taliban and other groups.

“We are certain they can help to bring peace in Afghanistan and will support the government,” he said. Uddin said that members of the Afghan High Peace Council as well as relatives were at the Kabul prison for the release. The council is tasked with seeking a peace agreement with the Taliban and other militant groups before NATO, including the United States, withdraws most of its forces by the end of 2014.

The council also hopes that the release of 26 Taliban prisoners by Pakistan over the past two months will help end the conflict, with the freed serving as intermediaries between Kabul and the Taliban leadership.

I just picked this up on military.com and it continues to strengthen my stance on why our soldiers needs to be out of Afghanistan like YESTERDAY! I had a great talk with my one son who was born on a military base and has been an Army brat his whole life. A boy who watched his father and then older brother both go to Afghanistan. Yet still wanted to go to The Citadel and would love an Army contract to serve as an officer himself. He has always been very worldly and still is. He pays attention to areas of the world that usually only our intelligence agencies do like Africa and South America.

Anyway we talked about this topic at great length, including my post http://bouhammer.com/2012/05/this-is-it-bring-our-troops-home-now/ that I wrote last year.

Here are the facts, we have a highly effective and very successful military. The reason our military has so many marks in the WIN column is because we do what military organizations are supposed to do, we kill the enemy, destroy their infrastructure and protect the innocent people. We are not an Army of nation builders, well diggers or educators. Yes we can do that, but our primary mission that every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, and Marine is trained to do from day one is to kill our enemies with extreme prejudice and do it quickly with minimal damage to those that are not a threat.

If you want our Army to do that, then let us do our jobs. If you want to close with and destroy the enemies of our nation, then our Military is the group to answer the call. If you want to nation-build, fund development projects and over-see Government building then call the State Department. That is their responsibility.

To release our known and proven enemies back on to the battlefield (yes the entire country of Afghanistan is a battlefield) is just a slap in the face of all those risking their lives every day and essentially makes our troops cannon fodder.

I am not a cut and run guy by any stretch of the imagination, however if the Govt. of Afghanistan continues to do this kind of crap they might as well be the enemy. What is the difference between Pakistan and Iran moving fighters into Afghanistan to battle our troops and the Karzai Government releasing experienced fighters back into the fight? None, so as far as I am concerned the Govt. of Afghanistan may as well be the enemy themselves. The quandary I am in is if you read the link to the blog post I put up last year you will see our own military has been doing this too.

In light of all that I feel stronger than ever that if you are not going to let our military do the jobs they are trained to do, you are going to restrict their abilities with insane Rules of Engagement and you are going to release known bad dudes back into the world  to try to kill them, then BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW.

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