Totally insane! WHAT are we thinking? The New York Times exposé of Afghan contractors guarding our military bases is beyond anything stupid. We are wasting billions of dollars a year in a war that has no goals and we have given the fox the keys to the hen house.
According to the New York Times:
Afghan private security forces with ties to the Taliban, criminal networks and Iranian intelligence have been hired to guard American military bases in Afghanistan, exposing United States soldiers to surprise attack and confounding the fight against insurgents, according to a Senate investigation.
The Pentagon’s oversight of the Afghan guards is virtually nonexistent, allowing local security deals among American military commanders, Western contracting companies and Afghan warlords who are closely connected to the violent insurgency, according to the report by investigators on the staff of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The United States military has almost no independent information on the Afghans guarding the bases, who are employees of Afghan groups hired as subcontractors by Western firms awarded security contracts by the Pentagon. At one large American airbase in western Afghanistan, military personnel did not even know the names of the leaders of the Afghan groups providing base security, the investigators found. So they used the nicknames that the contractor was using — Mr. White and Mr. Pink from “Reservoir Dogs,” the 1992 gangster movie by Quentin Tarantino. Mr. Pink was later determined to be a “known Taliban” figure, they reported.
In another incident, the United States military bombed a house where it was believed that a Taliban leader was holding a meeting, only to discover later that the house was owned by an Afghan security contractor to the American military, who was meeting with his nephew — the Taliban leader.
Enough. Every American must read this article for his or her self. I don’t like knee jerk reactions but this story reveals a mismanagement beyond the pale. I don’t even know who to be angry at.
Why are we in Afghanistan? I asked this question with a group of like minded friends yesterday, before I knew this article existed. They all sort of looked at me with a blank stare on their respective faces. We never got past going over there to kill Bin Laden. Ten years later, Bin Laden is still alive and kicking and probably not in Afghanistan. And 5 reasonably intelligent adults did not know why we were in Afghanistan.
This bit of trivia ought to curdle your blood:
There are more than 26,000 private security employees in Afghanistan, and 90 percent of them are working under United States government contracts or subcontracts. Almost all are tied to the militias of local warlords and other powerful Afghan figures outside the control of the American military or the Afghan government, the report found.
The contracting firms are now hiring active-duty members of the Afghan military and security forces, the investigators found, further undermining the efforts by the United States to help Afghanistan build a stronger military that can take on the Taliban insurgency on its own.
Didn’t we learn from the Soviet experience? Why do we want to nation build in an inhospitable country that has centuries upon century of backwardness and tribal conditioning in its history? It won’t work. For the billions that are being spent there, we would be better off beefing up security here. This entire story sickens me. The fat cats are getting fatter and the American people are chumps. Patrtiotism my ass. Get out of Afghanistan. Not one more American life needs to be lost. This article truly sickens me. The Fox really is guarding the hen house.