WASHINGTON (AP) — “American and Afghan officials are expanding the range of explanations for a surge in “insider attacks” on U.S. troops, adding on Wednesday the theory that the burden of fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan combined with the summer heat may have prompted more Afghan soldiers and police to turn their guns on their American partners.
Whatever the underlying reasons, the attacks are taking a toll and raising questions about the risk of American and other coalition troops working side by side with Afghan troops as advisers, mentors and trainers. The close contact is an essential element of the U.S. strategy for putting the Afghans in the lead combat role as the U.S. prepares to pull out its last combat troops at the end of 2014.
The top commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John R. Allen, said Thursday that while the reasons for the killings are not fully understood, the effect of Ramadan fasting is likely among the causes.
“The idea that they will fast during the day places great strain on them,” Allen said, adding that the stress may have been compounded by Ramadan falling during the heat of summer and the height of the fighting season. He acknowledged that hunger and heat are not the primary causes for the killings, but it is among many “different and complex reasons for why we think this may have increased” lately.
He also cited Taliban infiltration of Afghan security forces and personal Afghan grievances against U.S. troops, who Afghans have in some cases accused of being brutish and insensitive to local culture and customs.”
Really, General John Allen!? So now we make “excuses” for Afghan forces killing our soldiers. All of this “empathy” for the enemies while our soldiers get no reprieve from anything. They can’t even have Bibles and crosses on their chapels. At this point I’m not sure our troops are even allowed to say prayers anymore so “frightened” the generals are of “upsetting the Muslims.”
Is any one as sick of this as I am? What next? The Afghan soldiers had a bad hair day so they shot down another helicopter of our Navy Seals or other special ops personnel?
Or their latest internet buy of a porno flick didn’t show up on time so they decided to shoot up some of our soldiers?
This is ridiculous giving these Afghan troops any excuses whatsoever for outright murder. And what the hell is wrong with our generals? They sure don’t deserve the respect of a General Patton, Eisenhower, Omar Bradley or a MacArthur.
It seems all we have are a bunch of wimpy, scared generals. So what are they worth then? Get the hell out of Afghanistan and make no more excuses for these barbarians. How about getting our noses out of their business and leave them to killing one another. That’s all these tribal people know anyway.
I have a sneaky suspicion these orders to make excuses for these barbaric Muslims come from the top, the White House. Who else do we know who goes around apologizing for America?
Hat tip to Dave Taylor for this story. Thanks Dave.