Note to ISAF Commander: Read the news (or fire your intelligence staff).
After more than a year on the job and countless “insider” or green-on-blue attacks before and during his tenure, GEN Allen has realized that Afghans within the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) may be a significant threat. In the CBS News interview Insider attacks kill U.S troops in Afghanistan, he states, “Here, I think the signature attack that we’re beginning to see the– is going to be the insider attack.”
Excuse me? Excusez-moi (for those reading in Gulfe Juan)? “. . . Beginning to see. . . ?” Our military have been getting killed by uniformed Afghans for years! I’m dumbfounded by the ignorance of recent events, the General’s epiphany, and desperately wrestling with some respectful way to call our military leaders idiots at best and political stooges at worst.
Over a year ago, everyone in ISAF (well, at least NTM-A) was being trained how to draw a holstered weapon while seated at a conference room table, required to have at least one ‘look-out’ with a round chambered when meeting with Afghan counterparts, and be ready at any time for an insider attack. What was that all about if the recent observation is something new?
Most generals state at the beginning of their tours that everything was messed-up by their predecessor while stating that they have the solution by which, at the end of their tour, they are able to declare victory. I’m thankful that GEN Allen seems to have flipped this history on its head but wonder what he has been doing for 14+ months.
Let’s finally declare that the emperor has no clothes–that would hardly be a new trend.