THE I DON’T UNDERSTAND DEPT.
I really don’t understand (I mean I really do but I want to make this point to the mainstream). Why exactly are our young men and women losing their lives…and health and minds…in Afghanistan? First, we were told we had to invade this desolate country to get Osama bin Laden. But 10 years later, when they claimed he was finally killed, it was in Pakistan. So then, it was suggested that we were in Afghanistan to thwart the Taliban. But instead, we have been working with the Taliban, paying them to allow supply convoys through to our troops. Never has there been real mention of the fact that the Taliban had destroyed almost 90 percent of the opium trade there while under US occupation, this year they expect a bumper crop of poppies. Finally, it has been argued that we must remain in Afghanistan until their army and police are trained well enough to secure their own nation. But wait…so why do we continually see stories such as this one in which Afghan troops or police are firing on NATO troops? Is our government kidding us or kidding themselves?
PS: On a more rational note — destroy all the opium fields and the banking system would collapse but all our troops would come home.
Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A man alleged to be a local Afghan policeman killed an American service member in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, while two British troops were shot and killed by an Afghan soldier in the southern province of Helmand, according to U.S., NATO and Afghan officials.
The British troops were killed outside a Provincial Reconstruction Team’s headquarters in the southern city of Lashkar Gah, NATO and local officials said. Coalition forces then fatally shot the gunman.
A spokesman for the provincial governor said the incident stemmed from an argument the soldier had with the victims.
The eastern Afghanistan victim was an American soldier, a senior U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN. NATO said he was shot as he approached an Afghan local police checkpoint; it said Afghan and coalition forces are investigating the incident but released no further details.
Monday’s deaths bring to 93 the number of coalition service members who have died in Afghanistan this year, 44 of them Americans. In 2012 to date, 16 have been killed in what are euphemistically called “green on blue” attacks, meaning Afghan troops who have turned their weapons on allied forces.