by GADI ADELMAN
I’ve been down this road before; down it so many times I can drive it with eyes closed. But just when I thought I had seen it all the Obama administration trumps itself.
When the Ft. Hood terrorist shooting became “workplace violence”, after certain words such as “Radical Islam”, “terrorism” and “Jihadist” were removed from all national security documents, or when the FBI allowed a known Hamas operative into a six week program that included tours of top-secret areas of our National Counterterrorism Center, I truly thought it couldn’t get worse. I was wrong.
What has been termed “Green on Blue” attacks, green being the Afghan forces, blue being the U.N. or Coalition forces, has killed 125 troops. A breakdown of deaths per year and percentage of Coalition deaths caused by such attacks shows the increase since these attacks started,
2008 – 2 – less than 1%
2009 – 12 – 2%
2010 – 16 – 2%
2011 – 35 – 6%
2012 – 60 – 16%
A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article on December 11 reported on a new Army manual or handbook for U.S. Troops that goes beyond any stupidity I have seen thus far from this administration,
The 75-page manual, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, is part of a continuing effort by the U.S. military to combat a rise in attacks by Afghan security forces aimed at coalition troops.
The proposed Army handbook suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture, not Taliban infiltration, has helped drive the recent spike in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces.
“Many of the confrontations occur because of [coalition] ignorance of, or lack of empathy for, Muslim and/or Afghan cultural norms, resulting in a violent reaction from the [Afghan security force] member,” according to the draft handbook prepared by Army researchers.
Of course! How silly of me, I should have known that the reason the Taliban is killing troops has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that there is a war, it is because we have insulted them!
What’s worse that some bonehead actually got paid to study and write this, is what’s inside the handbook itself. Some of the specific points in this manual of ‘Kumbaya crap’ is beyond belief,
The draft handbook offers a list of “taboo conversation topics” that soldiers should avoid, including “making derogatory comments about the Taliban,” “advocating women’s rights,” “any criticism of pedophilia,” “directing any criticism towards Afghans,” “mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct” or “anything related to Islam.”
What? Are you fricking kidding me? Let’s examine some of these “taboo conversation topics”.
“Making derogatory comments about the Taliban”, of course, that makes total sense, why would any soldier ever say anything derogatory about THEIR ENEMY, that would never happen, after all I am sure they have the utmost respect for each other.
“Advocating women’s rights”, well that just goes without saying, just because many of the U.S. troops in Afghanistan are women, just because hundreds of women have received the Combat Action Badge, just because women are among the dead and wounded, women’s rights need not be mentioned, the Taliban see these women in uniform every day, no need to mention it.
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FamilySecurityMatters.orgContributing Editor Gadi Adelman is a freelance writer and lecturer on the history of terrorism and counterterrorism. He grew up in Israel, studying terrorism and Islam for 35 years after surviving a terrorist bomb in Jerusalem in which 7 children were killed. Since returning to the U. S., Gadi teaches and lectures to law enforcement agencies as well as high schools and colleges. He can be heard every Thursday night at 8PM est. on his own radio show “America Akbar” on Blog Talk Radio. He can be reached through his website gadiadelman.com.
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