NATO & Afghan forces. Green-on-blue insider attacks. The solution.

Split up the Afghan green force into two distinct forces –

  • a national Afghan army which Afghans pay for and is commanded by the Afghan president and whichever general he/she wants to appoint. (“dark green”)

  • a NATO-ISAF auxiliary force of Afghans and others, funded by the US and other NATO countries and international donors. This would be commanded by our generals. (“light green”)

The Afghan National Army, the “green” force is rotten, if not to its core then to much of the periphery. Some of the green is more like gangrene (gan-green, get it! )

The problem I see is in the disconnect between the political control (Karzai) and the funding (mostly from the USA but anyway internationally funded).

Wikipedia: Afghan National Army
The new Afghan National Army was founded with the issue of a decree by President Hamid Karzai on December 1, 2002

Karzai as the “duly” (ahem) elected president of Afghanistan is perfectly entitled to run an Afghan national army but Afghans should pay for that themselves.

Afghanistan is a poor nation and could not afford that much of an army but if they paid for it themselves, at least the Afghan national army would likely be honest, accountable to Afghans and take on limited tasks – secure the presidential palace, military headquarters and might be up to defending the capital Kabul and surrounding land, maybe.

Now the issue is this – to secure all of Afghanistan, even to secure our supply routes, we need lots of troops and it makes sense to have some kind of Afghan force to help us – but we need a bigger and better green force than the Afghans can afford to pay for. (Also why would a national Afghan force want to prioritise defending our supply routes? They wouldn’t want to.)

So the West, NATO needs to pay for some green Afghan forces – that’s a good idea, if, if, if, if and only if, those green forces we are paying for are auxiliary to NATO-ISAF – run by NATO-ISAF – under the control of a NATO general, maybe an American general if you could find a good one to do it.

That way we would only recruit capable Afghans into the green force we pay for and interact with daily. We’d be sure our green troops were loyal – wouldn’t shoot our blue troops.

No way would we have any incentive to spend our own money on disloyal incapable Afghans in green uniform so we would not do it, if we had political and military control over our green forces, which we would have if they were called “The NATO-ISAF Afghan auxiliary force” – with no pretence of them being an Afghan national force under Karzai.

However, some idiot has come up with the idea of paying Afghans to have an army funded by us but controlled by Karzai so there is no accountability. The people in charge, deciding who to recruit, can recruit bad soldiers because they get paid more by the US for soldiers, whether they be bad soldiers or not.

Why wouldn’t Karzai and this guy

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Lt. Gen. Sher Mohammad Karim, Commander of the Afghan National Army

recruit junkies, thieves, murderers and agents for the Taliban into the Afghan National Army?

Why wouldn’t they recruit anybody they can find into the Afghan national army if, for every soldier they can name, they get paid more US dollars?

Where’s the incentive for Karzai and Karim to recruit only good soldiers? There isn’t any incentive at all.

Again the US ends up funding corruption.

If a green soldier kills a blue then who gets held responsible in the chain of command?

Nobody gets held responsible.

Who should get held responsible? The US and NATO should. We should blame ourselves for paying anything for an army which we do not have any political control over.

What on earth does Panetta (and what did Gates before him) think he is (was) doing trusting this guy Karzai and his general Karim with billions of US tax-payer dollars to pay for a green army?

Why are NATO defence ministers happy with the poor leadership from NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Admiral James Stavridis? Shouldn’t the NATO leaders have spotted this fatal flaw in green troop organisation and tried to re-organise green forces as I suggest here, if they know what they are doing (which they don’t)?

The competent answer to green on blue attacks is to split up the Afghan army into two distinct forces –

  • a national Afghan army which Afghans pay for and is commanded by the Afghan president and whichever general he/she wants to appoint. (dark green)
  • a NATO-ISAF auxiliary force of Afghans and others, funded by the US and other NATO countries and international donors. This would be commanded by our generals. (light green)

So there should be two green armies – each of a different shade of green. Karzai’s dark green he would use to defend himself and his capital. Our light green we would use to defend our supply routes and to support our operations in Afghanistan generally.

Only when the Afghan economy had grown to the point that they could afford to pay for a big enough army to defend the whole country would we transfer our light green army over to Afghan national control and then we could leave Afghanistan in the hands of Afghans.

So long as we are paying for an Afghan force we must retain political control over it otherwise it fuels corruption and does little or nothing to help to fight the enemy we are trying to defeat and the green-on-blue attacks simply undermine political support for the whole Afghanistan / Pakistan mission.

Peter Dow, August 2012

More AfPak strategy in the Republican Intelligence forum
It’s never too late to learn lessons and adopt an alternative competent and aggressive military strategy and to that end, I have published a detailed improved AfPak military strategy in posts in the Republican Intelligence forum which I administer.

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Afghanistan – Pakistan (AfPak) military strategy and the war on terror

Weak strategic thinking and planning by US and then NATO generals has dragged out the Western intervention in Afghanistan since 2001 and caused far more casualties to our soldiers than was ever necessary.

The military general staff has lacked vision about the enemy and failed to comprehend and react appropriately to intelligence reports that Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other jihadi terror groups are proxies for hostile states, typically managed from Pakistan and funded from Saudi Arabia.

Military strategic essentials have been neglected, such as – when occupying territory, always ensure secure supply routes from one strong point to another.

Instead NATO-ISAF forces in Afghanistan have been deployed in isolated bases, deployed more like tethered goats as bait for the enemy than a conquering or liberating army.

Some combination of military incompetence by the generals and a preference for appeasement on the part of the civilian political leadership has perversely left the West bribing our enemies within the Pakistani terrorist-proxy-controlling state and continuing business-as-usual with our enemies in the Saudi jihadi-financing state.

It’s never too late to learn lessons and adopt an alternative competent and aggressive military strategy and to that end, I have published a detailed improved AfPak military strategy in posts in the Republican Intelligence forum which I administer.

Click on these links below to read the posts with those subject titles. To proceed it may help you to know that the answer to the gate-keeper question in the For Freedom Forums is “Braveheart”.

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The Scottish economy

The Scottish economy is being wrecked, or held back certainly, by the lack of academic freedom at Scottish universities which means that established professors can stifle academic debate by excluding outspoken students and junior academics who are challenging the established professor for leadership.

Scottish wealth creation depends on allowing new people with innovative ideas in science, technology, engineering and medicine to flourish on campus. Instead managerial control is being used to intimidate into silence anyone who is thinking of challenging the established professors, deans and principals for academic leadership.

The lack of academic freedom in Scottish universities arises from the lack of civil freedom in Scotland and in particular the people have no practical rights to publish or to speak out about incompetence or mismanagement of any rich person or powerful institution who can afford the best lawyers to take legal action for defamation (“libel” in Scotland) in order to silence their critics.

Anyone breaching a court gagging order can be jailed indefinitely for contempt of court for the “crime” of speaking out with a view to be allowed once again to attend university, to continue with their studies, to establish their academic credentials, to publish brilliant new ideas for wealth generation or even simply to explain how new ideas published globally can be developed to create new businesses and well-paying jobs in Scotland.

A rule of terror imposes silence upon those who could make the economy grow but have only jail in Scotland on offer if they dare to try. No wonder then that there is a brain drain of talent out of Scotland to elsewhere where civil and academic freedoms apply – such as the USA.

The law in Scotland, such as it is, is irrelevant. Whatever European conventions of human rights are said to grant the right of freedom of expression there is no-one who can be relied upon for threatened students or junior academics to turn to.

Thus the weakness of the Scottish economy is directly attributable to the oppressive actions of the legal system which operates under the union crown. There is no Scottish president of a Scottish republic to call a halt to legal actions which smash freedom of expression in Scotland.

Academic and economic opportunities are denied in Scotland. As a person so denied opportunity, I have turned to republican revolutionary politics as the only way forward for the Scottish economy. Most other academics so abused would leave the country in disgust to offer their talents where they are appreciated.

Therefore it can be seen that the SNP’s false “independence” notion which plans to keep the Queen as head of state will do nothing to solve the critical problem of the interference by the Queen’s courts with civil and academic freedoms.

The Queen never has and never will tell her courts to stop crushing civil and academic freedom.

Only a president of a republic with the authority to send the army against the courts to insist on freedoms in Scotland will ever suffice.

So yes in theory Scottish independence could allow the Scottish economy to do much better – but it would need to be real republican independence with personal freedoms guaranteed.

A Queen’s “independent” Scottish kingdom which continues to suppress champions of the economy would change nothing.

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Three more British soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Of course the deaths of our soldiers is very sad but it is also an outrage that these deaths and many deaths before these were not prevented by better leadership of our military.

A reporter on BBC news reported that American troops when meeting Afghans have force protection standing guard, with their weapons cocked and ready at all times.

Guards with weapons cocked and ready are correct for British soliders meeting Afghans as well but this is not being ordered by UK government, PM Cameron, Defence Ministers Hammond and Harvey, Chief of the Defence Staff or it seems by anyone in command.

Instead our soldiers are expected to trust all armed Afghan police and army until such time as they open fire on us!

This is yet another case of incompetence by the General staff and politicians leaving our brave soldiers badly led and vulnerable to surprise attacks.

Lions led by donkeys.

We Britons need a modern British army which is led by republicans with intelligence, not royalists who are stupid and clueless and getting our soldiers killed.

We need root and branch change of the control of the military which only replacing the united kingdom with republics can achieve.

Therefore the military must lead a republican revolution by ousting the royal family from the country. Exile the Queen and her family. Arrest the Queen. Put her on trial for her life.

It’s not right leaving the kingdom running our armed forces and getting our soldiers killed.

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