Thursday, August 09, 2007

British Criticize U.S. Air Attacks in Afghan Region

SANGIN, Afghanistan — A senior British commander in southern Afghanistan said in recent weeks that he had asked that American Special Forces leave his area of operations because the high level of civilian casualties they had caused was making it difficult to win over local people.

Other British officers here in Helmand Province, speaking on condition of anonymity, criticized American Special Forces for causing most of the civilian deaths and injuries in their area. They also expressed concerns that the Americans’ extensive use of air power was turning the people against the foreign presence as British forces were trying to solidify recent gains against the Taliban.

It has struck me throughout this administration that one of the things lacking was just the basic building blocks of being a decent human being. You know, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." or "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything" etc.

This situation in Afghanistan and (arguably Iraq) fits perfectly into that thought.
"If you're not part of the answer, you're part of the problem", so get the hell out.


At 10:06 AM, Blogger Paddy said...


At 10:39 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Well, the American policy has been "Leave no wedding unbombed". Eventually, this policy was going to be a problem.

At 12:45 PM, Blogger Eric said...

Since there is no actual name to this commander, and everything else is also anonymous, I'm calling shenanigans.

If they feel that strongly about it, they need to stand up and say it.

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