Daily Archives: December 1, 2011

19 true things generals can’t say in public about the Afghan war: A helpful primer

If you learn something from the experience, it wasn’t a failure–at least not a complete failure.

In the wake of MG Fuller’s firing last month, The Best Defense, a blog at www.foreignpolicy.com, provides a helpful list of things best left unsaid when facing the media.

My favorite items to remember not to say are captured below:

  • We don’t know why we are here, what we are fighting for, or how to know if we are winning.
  • The strategy is to fight, talk, and build. But we’re withdrawing the fighters, the Taliban won’t talk, and the builders are corrupt.
  • Karzai’s family is especially corrupt.
  • But the problem isn’t corruption, it is which corrupt people are getting the dollars. We have to help corruption be more fair.
  • Even non-Taliban Afghans don’t much like us.
  • The ANA and ANP could break the day after we leave the country.

If you can’t say something nice about Afghanistan, don’t say it at all.