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Army Officer's Leaked Report Rips Afghan War Success Story

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An analysis by Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, which the U.S. Army has not approved for public release but has leaked to Rolling Stone magazine, provides the most authoritative refutation thus far of the official military narrative of success in the Afghanistan->

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Kit B (276)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 1:41 pm

An analysis by Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, which the U.S. Army has not approved for public release but has leaked to Rolling Stone magazine, provides the most authoritative refutation thus far of the official military narrative of success in the Afghanistan War since the troop surge began in early 2010.

In the 84-page unclassified report, Davis, who returned last fall after his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, attacks the credibility of claims by senior military leaders that the U.S.-NATO war strategy has succeeded in weakening the Taliban insurgent forces and in building Afghan security forces capable of taking primary responsibility for security in the future.

The report, which Davis had submitted to the Army in January for clearance to make it public, was posted on the website of Rolling Stone magazine by journalist Michael Hastings Friday. In a blog for the magazine, Hastings reported that "officials familiar with the situation" had said the Pentagon was "refusing" to release the report, but that it had been making the rounds within the U.S. government, including the White House.

Hastings wrote that he had obtained it from a U.S. government official.

by: Gareth Porter, Inter Press Service | News Analysis| and Truthout

Terry King (113)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 3:42 pm
After Vietnam I always assume that any official statement issued by he military is patent horse hockey!

patricia lasek (317)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 3:48 pm
Lt. Col. Daniel Davis better watch his back. I'm actually afraid for him.

Kathy B (106)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 4:28 pm
We've been asked to leave, at least twice that I remember.

I remember reading that the surge wouldn't work, that it was the wrong tactic. We did it anyway. It appears it didn't work.

I've also read the war is not winnable.

And now this that appears to back-up all of the above. And yet we're STILL there!

Eternal Gardener (745)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 4:53 pm
The truth needs to be heard...

Kit B (276)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 5:31 pm

No, the truth needs to be ripped out and spread far and wide. We knew the Gulf of Tonkin was purely manufacturer government BS and we took to the streets. Sadly too much anger was washed over to the drafted soldiers. Now we don't have a draft we have professionally trained killers and they like it. War is for profit and no other reason, we are Robin Hood for the rich.

Ellen m (215)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 7:48 pm
I hope this guy doesn't become the next Bradley Manning and get nailed to the cross as well!

TomCat S (129)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 8:13 pm
No surprise here. Were the war proceeding as the brass deceptively claim, Afghan troops would not be murdering their NATO trainers.

Robert Hardy (68)
Sunday February 12, 2012, 9:24 pm
When it come to the "people" of the USA there are two truths. Those they are told by their leaders and those that really exist in reports and other "official" documents. How can a democracy operate on lies. Just watch you TV news or read your papers. That is how.

. (0)
Monday February 13, 2012, 1:31 am
The American public knows there was no success in Afghanistan. We just want our soldiers out of there at any cost. Just look at history, it was obvious there would be no success in the beginning. Who was the fool that thought there could be? Oh that's right, Bush and Cheney.... They send us into 2 unwinnable wars and bankrupt the country and then escape punishment. If we had a fair and just country, those two would be tried and hanged for treason.

Peace Monger (185)
Monday February 13, 2012, 2:06 am
Read his article on Armed Forces Journal ( ) last week & felt this soldier has taken a huge risk to bring the truth to the people. Bless him.

Carmen S (611)
Monday February 13, 2012, 11:22 am
thanks Kit

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday February 13, 2012, 11:35 am

Monday February 13, 2012, 7:44 pm
Noted thank you

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 5:04 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 7:09 am
Not surprised.

Nancy C (806)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 4:16 am
Brave man that Davis. Vicious cycle in the non-transparency. Thank goodness for the free press, Michael Moore and Occupy as we convince the multitudes that reading from a prompter and coaching sessions for public hearings and press conferences are fabricated gobbledygook.

Kit B (276)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 7:52 am

I have no problem with candidates or the President using a teleprompter. It's very easy to get off track when facing large groups and trying to stay on track and making the points you hope to make. I have noticed that Obama does well even without a teleprompter, can't say that for the others running in this race. Obama knows his own mind, knows what message he wants to deliver and even if does have the occasional slip - he still manages to make his point.

What is the republican platform? Is this some special secret that only they can know? What plans do they have? How do they plan to create jobs? Only an increase in taxes will help this country, and only a moron would say otherwise. A country must have revenue and for the US that does mean taxation.

Kit B (276)
Thursday February 16, 2012, 7:55 am

How the US can have long term and positive affects on Afghanistan. We put down the guns, and begin to build schools and hospitals and train both men and women to learn to take and run their own country. We can not eradicate the Taliban, but we can stop killing civilians and begin a campaign of real aid.
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