. . . and can be very painful.
MG Fuller, NTM-A Deputy Commander for Programs, was in Washington, D.C. for the bi-annual Program Management Review (PMR) where NTM-A provides the Office of the Secretary of Defense an update on programmatic issues related to the billions of dollars dedicated to building the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
The Politico’s article, “U.S. general: Afghan leaders ‘isolated from reality’“, has really stirred the hornet’s nest. The article captures MG Fuller expressing what most everybody has been thinking if not saying (at least the non-pollyannas in Afghanistan). But nobody expects a General to speak so candidly–especially when it makes so many look so clueless.
Of course, depending on who you talk to, the entire military establishment is detached from reality: Security has not improved!