We don’t know how good we have it.
“KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A man in an Afghan police uniform shot and killed two American service members in what appeared to be the latest attack on international forces this year by their Afghan partners.
The so-called insider attacks have stretched to the breaking point a partnership that U.S. and NATO officials consider a key part their exit plan — preparing the Afghans to take over responsibility for their country’s security in just over two years’ time. They have also cast major doubts over the program, where Afghans and international troops are supposed to work “shoulder to shoulder.”
Pulling up stakes would dishonor the fallen, so that is not an option. As we should have done when we arrived, the rules of engagement must be set at a level crystal clear to our enemies: If we so much as sniff a threat in the air, entire mountainsides will be turned to dust.
Beyond that, I’d love to hear from our military leaders as to what is best.
…because our rules of engagement are geared toward losing.
“We must continue to support those Afghans working for a better future for their country even as we wind down combat operations. As discouraging as the news can sometimes appear, U.S. officials cannot escape the reality that the security of the U.S. homeland is inextricably linked to the future of Afghanistan.”
As Dan Riehl says, this isn’t going to end well.