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Letter From A Soldier In Afghanistan: “The Dumbest War, Ever.”

TWG:  There are no words that can adequately describe how angry and sad I am after reading this letter.    I usually clip a paragraph from articles and post links to continue reading, but it’s important that people read this entire letter and I have included the entire document.  Source for this is: http://www.michaelyon-online.com/americas-dumbest-war-ever.htm



26 September 2012

police-1000Afghan Police in Zhari District, 2011.

Yesterday a concerned father forwarded to me a letter from his son in Afghanistan. I confirmed authenticity, and republish with permission:


I am fed up. I cannot believe the lack of attention the recent changes in this war is receiving by the media or the country. I think I saw one thing on CNN about the following subject, but I had to dig extensively to find it. The purpose of this letter is to let you know of the garbage that our soldiers are going through right now. With this knowledge, I hope that you take action by writing your congressmen.

First, because of the recent green on blue incidents or “insider threats” as the new buzz phrase dictates, all coalition forces in Afghanistan have completely stopped partnering with the ANA, AUP, and ALP in order to prevent the death of anymore CF casualties by ANSF or Taliban disguised as them. This is also greatly spurred by President Karzi’s indifferent attitude and lack of action to take measures to prevent further insider attacks.


Second, because of this massive change in policy (and complete change in mission) all U.S. forces are forbidden to actively patrol their AO and are to remain on their respective COPs/FOBs. There are only a few exceptions to this rule and they all pertain to “hardening” highway 1 in our AO. We have received orders that clearly state that all CF will no longer be allowed to drop air to ground munitions within the country of Afghanistan. This preempts Karzi’s announcement that will be made shortly that states the above mentioned order, making it a tactical directive that he is ordering.

To the first point: Our mission in Afghanistan is to partner with the ANSF on all levels. Now the policy makers are telling us that we are not allowed to do that and further more we are to take immediate measures to secure ourselves from the ANSF that are co-located with us. So the question now becomes, what is our mission? Furthermore, the implication is that we have absolutely no reason to still be in this country if we are not partnering with the ANSF. So why are we here?

To the second point: I don’t think that the American citizens would be happy if they knew that their soldiers were being prohibited from defending themselves in any way because of politically driven orders, but that is precisely what is happening in this war right now even as I write this letter. The soldiers of the U.S. never engage the enemy unless we know that we have will always have the tactical advantage in defending ourselves, that advantage is the use of close air support and air weapons team. To take those weapons away from us is to level the playing field for the enemy and thus exposing our soldiers to more danger. In the school house they teach us that the minimum ratio that we are to engage the enemy with, is a 3:1 ratio. In other words, we have the highest probability of winning because we don’t fight fair. The sound tactical principles behind this teaching have saved lives. The very presence of aircraft over our foot patrols has also saved lives and now our chain of command is being told by our political leadership that this is now not allowed.  If we are not partnering with the ANSF and we are not actively patrolling to prevent our enemies from massing their attacks on our COP and we can’t drop a bomb on the enemy that we have positively identified, than what the hell are we doing here?

Give us a mission or send us home. I honestly have no preference on what the politicians decide, as long as they just make a decision. Of course this will be a terrible inconvenience on the current elections so I am sure we will be forgotten, which really does not seem to be too different for how things have been going for the last eleven years.

foot-1000Policeman’s foot, Zhari District, Kandahar Province 2011.

Do not buy into what the some media outlets have already said about this. Casually saying that this is a frequent occurrence is false, and is an attempt to downplay the major ramifications for these decisions. We have never been so restricted in defending ourselves as we have now. This is not just a stand down. The other implication of this decision is that we will perhaps never regain our relationship with the ANA after we have executed these measures to protect ourselves from them.  Essentially, we have left them to die as we watch from our high-tech cameras and UAVs. They will not forget this and I fear the relationship will never be the same.

I love you very much Dad and I don’t want you to worry about me any more than you already are, but I also know that this has to be brought up, someone has to say something about this. It is wrong to keep this hidden away while American soldiers are under constant threat of death and dying.  I don’t care if you send this letter directly, this needs to be known.

Your son,

[In Afghanistan]

  1. CounterRevolution
    November 1, 2012 at 06:51

    We are in Afghanistan to protect our POTENTIAL access to minerals. Let the Chinese f’ around with these Mohammedan tribesmen. We also need to kick the United Nations out of the country for good. The UN was proposed in 1933 or thereabouts by CFR-connected individuals (hint, what is the name of the person who negotiated the sale of the land to the UN from New Joke City?). The plan was AFTER we get involved in the next European war (World War II) we need to set up the basis for a World Government (a CFR priority) and the UN was planned before we got into the war. In fact, it has been argued that we got INTO the war to ESTABLISH the UN and MAY HAVE EVEN PROVOKED the war to that end. These families who control our Country are not Americans as you and I understand the meaning, they are in the game for power and to perpetuate their empires whether they are financial, political or industrial. They have no real allegiance to the United States as a Nation, only to their power. Sounds crazy but that’s what fits the facts.

    • November 1, 2012 at 07:11

      Rene A. Wormser,
      When Andrew Carnegie established The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he gave the managers of this fund a difficult task. How were they to go about promoting peace? They seem to have had no very clear idea until Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler … got excited about the peril of the Allies in World War I and decided that the best way to establish peace was to help get the United States into the War. To this end he began to use the Endowment funds.

      Rene A. Wormser,
      Is there any means known to man more effective than war, assuming you want to alter the life of an entire people? At the end of the year, they came to the conclusion that there was no more effective means to that end known to man. So, then they raised question number two, and the question was, “How do we involve the United States in a war?”

  2. Kelly Kafir
    November 3, 2012 at 20:09

    Typical… these pos politicians use us like we are chess pieces… we felt the same way in the gulf when our “mission” changed several times… SO glad I don’t have to serve under this piece of SH** president!!!

    • November 3, 2012 at 20:28

      Our beloved soldiers are simply pawns in the game.

    • CounterRevolution
      November 4, 2012 at 07:15

      Typical… these pos politicians use us like we are chess pieces… we felt the same way in the gulf when our “mission” changed several times… SO glad I don’t have to serve under this piece of SH** president!!!

      Ever hear of Lyndon Baines Johnson and a little strip of jungle and river called Viet Nam?

  3. November 4, 2012 at 12:55

    This information definitely needs to get out. Obama & his buddies, the Muslim Brotherhood, must go! It is about time we take back our own country.For those of you that reply with lame statements about our soldiers & their parents not being very bright, kiss my ass. How dare you insult our armed forces & their families. To the soldiers: Pay no attention to the low life, unintelligent assholes. The vast majority of real Americans appreciate your service & realize that you are risking your life for us. Please accept my appreciation. You are always in our prayers. Stay safe, as soon as we get the Traitor-in-chief out of office, things WILL improve. Hang in there!

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