Another sad and typical story from Afghanistan:
A Marine lieutenant colonel and sergeant have died in Afghanistan in what appears to be a shooting by an Afghan policeman. . . .
“While this is a serious incident, the actions of this individual do not reflect the overall actions of our Afghan partners,” said Marine Maj. Gen. James Laster, the International Security Assistance Force’s deputy chief of staff for joint operations. “We remain committed to our partners and to our mission here.”
We can’t win “hearts and minds” without supporting and building up an Afghan government. And we can’t do that without recruiting policemen and soldiers. But we really don’t know who we’re recruiting or why. We don’t speak their language. Even if we did, we’d be surprised at how hostile they are on account of their religion and primitivism. The Taliban crazies and “friendly” elements in Afghanistan look much the same.
This type of thing has happened a lot lately, including in the 9 person massacre of American airmen last month. And our military always says the same thing, that this is some “rare exception.”
There is no easy answer, consistent with our impossible nation-building mission. But there is one easy answer that will actually work to prevent this kind of horror and also restore our strategic flexibility: Get Out! Indeed, we’re not in the more terrorist-saturated Pakistan, and obviously we have problems with al Qaeda there, but they can’t project power to us since we’re relatively far away, and yet we can still take out terrorists there from time to time, just as we do in Yemen and Somalia and other places where our forces are not stationed. One thing is for sure: the people we’re supposedly helping in Afghanistan hate us, frequently kill us, and we cannot trust “our partners,” all the way up to their president.