In what can only be described as a pitiful attempt to distract Americans from the obvious truth which is being written, and rewritten in American blood multiple times per week, General Allen excused the actions of Afghanistan's "True Soldiers of Allah". He very publicly declared that the "stresses" endured by ANA and ANP troops who participated in the month long Ramadan fast, have contributed to the very existence of "insider" attacks. Apparently, for the General, this is an acceptable explanation for "vetted" Afghan's to turn the weapons Americans have given them, against their benefactors.
It wasn't long ago we heard of another Officer who felt United States Marines were nothing more than cannon fodder for his unique understanding of "the greater good", Lieutenant Colonel Homiak. Let me be clear General; it is not acceptable!! No killing of American War Fighters is EVER "acceptable"! While it may be that during the normal conduct of battle deaths will occur, it is never "acceptable" and no individual entrusted with the level of authority you have been given should ever dare to suggest to America's Fathers and Mothers, that their Son's or Daughter's deaths is acceptable - regardless of the words you use to arrive at that opinion!
This almost apologetic comment, made by this American General who has been very quick to condemn American troops for things like the inadvertent burning of copies of the Quran can only be described as a total lack of regard for the Marines and Soldiers who have been sacrificed at the hands of this 7th century gaggle of thugs and their surrogates in Washington!
What makes his disgraceful commentary that much more unpalatable is his follow up in the Washington Post. Rather than damning these attacks for what they are, he continues to excuse these simple acts of Islamic mandated holy murder while calling for more US bloodletting for the unwarranted hope that Afghanistan will somehow miraculously blossom into a beacon of peace, tranquility and freedom for the ever "oppressed and noble" Afghan!
Can you say Stupid?
This continual betrayal of American trust and confidence given our "leaders", is not only despicable, it is an ugly, indelible scrawl across the thousands of American Servicemen's grave stones declaring in no uncertain terms; you were just a convenient tool on the way to an anti-American/pro-Afghan fantasy!
There is an allegory that most American Service members are familiar with. It breaks down human society into three distinct groups; The Sheep, the Sheepdog and the Wolf. It is taught that the majority of humanity can be described as Sheep; generally docile and unassuming, grazing, collecting and giving birth, to more sheep. They are generally peaceable but also blissfully unaware of the danger that lurks nearby. There is no guile but also no innate sense of duty to sacrifice oneself for the flock either and because of this, the sheep are defenseless. There is no crime in this, it is simply the state of the sheep.
The Wolf, on the other hand, is cunning, conniving, capable of great violence and continually on the prowl for the weak, unaware, defenseless sheep. Sometimes he attacks from the front but often from the periphery where the sheep is not watching. He steals, he kills, he destroys; sometimes without apparent purpose but always without remorse. He is self-centered and often runs in packs of other self-centered, remorseless, blood thirsty wolves. Against him, the Sheep have no defense because they live unaware and unprepared. The wolf doesn't hunt or take exclusively for need, rather he lusts for the blood of the unsuspecting and peaceful sheep.
Also within society there exists the Sheepdog. The Sheepdog is also capable of extreme violence but is also compassionate with a deep sense purpose toward the sheep around him. The Sheepdog runs in packs as well but his pack is well organized and dedicated to the protection of the sheep. The Sheepdog respects and trusts his leadership and is prepared to lay down his life in the protection of the sheep and his fellow Sheepdogs. He is keenly aware of the wolf and his evil tendencies and the Sheepdog is continually on watch for him and prepared to do what is necessary to protect the sheep, even to the point of death. It is also comforting to know that where the Sheepdog is, the wolf is hesitant to attack.
It is with deep regret I inform you that the wolves have infiltrated the ranks of the Sheepdog…
This has been more than apparent for a long time now, and the wolf, under the guise of genuine American leadership has been sending the Sheepdog to slaughter while telling the Sheep, everything is alright.
And the sheep nod their heads, and do nothing!
Everything is not "all right" and things have in fact been very wrong, for a very long time. These "insider/green on blue/ Ramadan stressed/fasting impaired" attacks on American Servicemen are not an acceptable price to pay and our General Grade leaders and our Civilian representatives have all been lying to the American public for far too long. Their apathetic glare and pathetic responses to each and every new American Service Members death can no longer be tolerated.
It is far time for the American voter, the "King" according to our founding documents, to accept responsibility for the disgrace that is the inner DC beltway and stop the carnage being perpetrated against our American Servicemen - our Sons and Daughters in Afghanistan and other ill-conceived battlefields; present, and future!
If there is an enemy to fight in Afghanistan, it long past time we rooted him out and destroyed him without mercy and without ceasing until he exists no more or begs on bended knee for forgiveness. We "owe" Afghanistan and Afghan's, nothing! And if there are those who think differently, they can always but their collective butts where their far too free tongues are, join or start a civilian aid group and go to Afghanistan to do as they see fit! But make no mistake about it; War Fighters should NOT be used and abused to seek the manifestation of a fantasy conjured up in the minds of the deluded puppets of the political sphere.
I want to thank, Lieutenant Colonel David Grossman for his allegory.
I want to implore General Allen to reconsider his remarks which are so uncharacteristic of our beloved Corps and recant. And if for some reason, you have arrived at that point in your life, and your career that you can no longer place the lives of the Marines in your charge at a premium, do the honorable thing and retire! Who knows; maybe the "honorable Afghan" will appoint you as an Officer in the ANA?
Lastly, to all the Sheep, former Sheepdogs and currently serving Sheepdogs; use your God-given right and compose a letter, an e-mail, pick up the phone, send a telegraph, lash a note to the leg of a Carrier Pigeon, send up a smoke signal or drive down to DC but please, contact those men and women who dared to ask for your vote while promising to represent you and tell them ENOUGH is ENOUGH!
By the way General; Does the last "noble Afghan" who killed two more United States Service Members, yesterday, still get to claim clemency under the Allen/Ramadan defense?