In 2007, a few months before I left Afghanistan, we had heard that ISAF or some level of command had instituted a “Drive Safe Afghanistan” campaign where they were trying to order coalition forces not to block off the roads while convoying and to allow civilian traffic to be in between vehicles and to not be so aggressive an mean looking to civilians are we traveled.
In Army language we call this lowering the defensive posture. In today’s news I saw this…
In the south, three U.S. service members, two U.S. civilians and the doctor were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives just as a convoy with the international military coalition drove past another convoy of vehicles carrying the governor of Zabul province.
I wonder if these lives were lost because of this lowering of posture. Actually I wonder how many have been lost since then due to the most powerful Military in the world not wanting to look so mean and intimidating, you know like and Military is supposed to look.