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Afghan War Whistleblower Daniel Davis: 'I Had to Speak Out - Lives Are at Stake'


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Afghanistan War, Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Davis, classified, unclassified, reports, Washington )

Dandelion
- 975 days ago - guardian.co.uk
Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Davis, serving since 1985 in Germany, both Iraq wars and then two tours in Afghanistan. He believes people are not being told the truth and said so in a detailed report one classified and one unclassified. "Lives are at stake."



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Dandelion G. (383)
Monday April 16, 2012, 11:45 am
Excerpted from the story:

What Davis wants – and what several politicians are lobbying for – are congressional hearings on the issue. He wants the generals grilled on his report and on how their comments compare with the evidence. But that needs the support of party leaders such as Democratic senator Harry Reid or Republican House speaker John Boehner, and that seems unlikely because such hearings would be a political minefield.

Again, we have the TWO Parties that are more concerned about THEIR Political lives than the lives of our sons and daughters. This man put his career on the line.....why not those in Washington?




 

tasunka m. (337)
Monday April 16, 2012, 2:14 pm
our leaders are WHINY COWARDS, I always believed that politicians should fight the wars they start,not our youth/future
thanks dandelion
 

Mary T. (185)
Monday April 16, 2012, 2:30 pm
Davis pulled no punches. His report's opening statement read: "Senior ranking US military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the US Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognisable." This is so true.
 

. (2)
Monday April 16, 2012, 3:31 pm
We need to use creative thinking to protect our leaders from the mental onslaughts sent against them,
Whatever your belief system, use it to form protection around their minds.

It is so easy to critiicise. We have no idea what our leaders are up against.

Let's use positive thinking, using all five senses with emotion of victory to shield our leaders.
That is one of the roles we can use to save our planet, our chilren, our selves.

Positive thinking creates.

Negative thinking destroys.

Fight, while visualizing what we want.
Keep our eye on the goal while dealing with the opposition.
 

Rita De Vos (87)
Monday April 16, 2012, 3:45 pm
Noted & shared! Thank you dear Sheryl for posting and drawing our attention to this important article!
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Monday April 16, 2012, 4:08 pm
I certainly do send positive thoughts to the Leaders, daily, however I can't just stop at only that. A lot of our Leaders however keep sending us into wars, if they did not know they were being lied to by the military or the military does not know they were lied to by the civilian Government, it needs to stop. Exposure of the LIES is key.

When information is revealed, as this man has done, we can't have it brushed under the carpet, the leaders do need to stand up and investigate and then do something about it.

I can't wait on positive thinking alone, although I daily contribute to that, and I do understand the concept of the negative destroys. But these people are certainly doing a lot of negative actions around the world and I can not just sit back and only "think" or meditate in hopes that it alone will turn this ship around. There are too many of our sons and daughters who are only a heartbeat away from getting a bullet.

For those who have no child on the front lines, perhaps they can have the luxury of the positive thoughts alone and sit back and wait. For others we need to do that and more, is what I do. With everything there is a ying and a yang, one can do both direct action as well as positive meditation.

Informing others that something is going on in the world so that they may learn of some new information, be it negative or positive, is a good thing. Knowledge is key.
 

. (2)
Monday April 16, 2012, 4:25 pm
Dear Lady Dandelion,

Please note part of my comment:

Fight, while visualizing what we want.
Keep our eye on the goal while dealing with the opposition.
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Faith without works is dead.

No, we can't sit back and just think pretty thoughts.

But we need to visualize what we want
AS we take action to make our "want"
come true.

I so much appreciate the phenomenal work you do to keep us informed.
Thank you
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Monday April 16, 2012, 4:42 pm
Thanks hon, then I misread your comment. I've just had so many as of late criticize my efforts and claim basically that all we need to do is think positive thoughts and all will be well. That only happy stories should be posted.

That is good to a point, and I spent my Thursdays for months doing just that, so I do appreciate that aspect of sending love, harmony, and balance upon the Winds. However few on C2 I think can claim they are like the nuns and monks in Buddhist Monestaries or other faiths that devote their entire lives to ONLY doing that. As with myself, I do some of the meditation and some of the actions.
 

Ingrid A. (532)
Monday April 16, 2012, 8:35 pm
Thank you Rita and Dandelion. Its noted.
 

Patricia E. G. (56)
Monday April 16, 2012, 9:47 pm
Knowledge is stiffled in this country.
It's Big Brother, 1984, all that we expected...is now occuring.
We are use to having are leaders lie to us.
This is history repeating itself. The Military took the same stand
during the Vietnam War.
Lt. Col. Davis is at war with himself , over his decision to speak out.
I feel he is absolutely right although it may destroy his Military career.
Thank you Sheryl for this insight of behind the scenes of the war.
Prayers for your son ~
 

Robert O. (12)
Monday April 16, 2012, 11:26 pm
Thanks Dandelion.
 

Emily B. (16)
Monday April 16, 2012, 11:28 pm
Bring them home
 

Arild Warud (169)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 2:26 am
Probably to dangerous for a congressional hearing.Get the US and Nato soldiers out of there now,it's a lost war anyway.Thanks for posting this Sheryl.
 

John Gregoire (262)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 5:12 am
Thanks Ceryl, good points to add to Obama's handling of the wars!
 

JL A. (276)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 8:49 am
Silence often dooms us--kudos to this man for speaking
 

Angelika R. (144)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 9:42 am
Thanks Sheryl for this find. Unfortunately most people tend to forget whats been common knowledge for long, that the first victom of war is always the truth. Kudos to this couragious LtCol for speaking out, but he also needs to watch out not to find himself next to PFC Manning in the near future..
 

Roni Jo Patterson (4)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 12:51 pm
We are on our way to by God taking this country back from the evil that has infiltrated our government. Thank you, Lieutenant-Colonel Davis, for your bravery and compassion.
 

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Tuesday April 17, 2012, 1:15 pm
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Dandelion G. (383)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 1:17 pm
Thank you Patricia for your prayers concerning my son. It touches my heart deeply.
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 2:02 pm
Col. Davis IS a hero. A man unafraid to tell the truth. It is the lies and deceptions that cost us the war in Vietnam and it is costing us in Afghanistan as it was doing in Iraq.

NO commander in the field can make proper decisions without correct and unbiased intelligence and not strategic planner in the Pentagon or on Capital Hill can make good decisions without true and factual intelligence.

Maybe the politicians don't care if we are made fools of, but I, for one do not want to see that happen. We invest too much in training and equipping our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines to send them out to die based on erroneous intell. They deserve the truth and intelligent leadership. You can't do that with bad intell.
 

Terrie Williams (773)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 2:14 pm
All wars since the Korean War, have been and continue to be predicated on LIES. They feed the lies to us, be it the civilian Congress or the Military heads, they all LIE. They do this in order to keep their empire rolling and feeding the greed of the Industrial complex that greases the gears of war. It is all for PROFIT. It has never and will never matter to them how many of America's children, husbands, brothers, fathers, mothers, sisters, wives, die for the sake of their profit. THEY DO NOT CARE. And never will.

This man, and it is most always the grunts or the middle cogs such as sargeants, who blow this greed and corruption and sociopathy wide open by sounding the alarms, the bells and whistles. They (MIC/GOV'T) will do everything in their power to silence this person for bringing the truth to light. If they cannot buy him off they will send him to a cell in BFE nowhere or they will disappear him or worst, they will 'retire' him. That is the game they play and that is what we are all up against. Our military men and women see and do things they will never be able to relate to the public, let alone their families. They of all people know that war is WRONG and only has two purposes.....population control and greed for resources.

I feel for this man and the heavy burden of his conscience. I hope his message gets out and we all hear it and we all do something finally about it!
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 2:22 pm
Well said Terrie, by the time one generation catches on a new one is coming forward that doesn't seem to recall the lessons of the past, new fodder for their wars of profit.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 6:46 pm
Thanks for posting this, Dandelion. Here is another hero who will probably be torn apart by the media. At least I hope he knows that he has many supporters and is on the side of right. No matter how old I get, I still have trouble understanding those without a conscience...with no respect for the dignity of human lives. I hope every day that there are many, many more who will speak out against these unjust, unholy wars.
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 8:44 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 9:03 pm
A policy of PERMANENT WAR was instituted by the 1%, in order to give a PLAUSIBLE EXCUSE for cutting money for all Social Programs, while continuing to fleece the 99% thru taxes, and restricting our RIGHTS more and more. Meanwhile, as an ADDED BONUS, wars make the 1% EVEN RICHER: think of Contractors, Weapons Traders and Manufacturers, those supplying the Military with food and shelter, think of all the OIL and Fossil Fuel being BURNED UP!!!
PERMANENT WAR, folks; PERMANENT WAR.

THINK what that means.
The 1% INTEND FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, NEVER TO KNOW PEACE. NEVER.
PERMANENT War. War with NO END, EVER.
War which does NOT depend, on the "Enemy", whoever they are, being "defeated" or giving up or suing for Peace. There will ALWAYS be some "Enemy".

Permanent. War.

That's exactly what we have NOW.
Until we can persuade our soldiers NOT TO FIGHT IN A PERMANENT WAR ANY MORE.... Yes, just LAY THEIR WEAPONS DOWN.
Because Permanent War doesn't at ALL depend, on what the "Other Side" does.....
 

Michael T. (82)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 9:38 pm
I suspected as much since the war in Iraq was built on false pretenses that the war in Afghanistan must have its lies as well. I respect this man for standing up in the face of all that he has stood for, in writing his own military epitaph. They'll find a way to bury and discredit him, and we'll hear stories that contradict what he has said.
 

Norm C. (74)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 11:49 pm
The top brass hiding the truth or not knowing the reality in the theater of ops? I see nothing has much changed from at least the time of McClellan and the Civil War. Dugout Doug was totally clueless along the Chinese border in Korea, and were it not for Matthew Ridgway, MacArthur would have been pushed into the East China Sea. Westmoreland was a joke in Vietnam. We won't even mention Rummy and his pets.

These days it appears that career officers get promoted during nonsensical wars by sucking up to the Pentagon brass hats and Sec of Defense. That anything productive gets done at these times is astonishing.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 12:37 am
The U.S. has been over 10 years fighting in Afghanistan. OVER 10 YEARS!
And, 10 years from NOW, the U.S. will STILL BE in Afghanistan.
Or -- somewhere ELSE. Doesn't matter where. SOMEwhere, the U.S. WILL BE AT WAR.

THAT is Permanent. War.
THAT is what the 1% planned, quite a while ago now, for YOUR AND MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.
Permanent. War.
This has become, for all of us, "Normal". !!!!!!!!!!!!! Permanently being at WAR: the new "Normal".

Now, ARE YOU SIMPLY GOING TO ACCEPT THAT?!
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 12:48 am
'Soldiers he had met were killed and he was certain that a bloody disaster was unfolding.

So he spoke out. "It's like I see in slow motion men dying for nothing and I can't stop it," he said. "It is consuming me from the inside. It is eating me alive."'
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Brought to you courtesy of the 1%, none other.
 

Judy C. (100)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 12:54 pm
Great article Dandelion, with many excellent comments. I wish that somehow all the promoters of war would consciously realize the evil of these wars. They must be so desensitized that they don't see the victims as humans. Daniel Davis has apparently had such an epiphany, and he has the courage to let the truth come forth.
 

Kathy Javens (104)
Wednesday April 18, 2012, 2:34 pm
Noted. Interesting atricle, Dandelion. I like some of your comments, also. He tells the truth and that is a good thing. i do fesr however, what could happen to him later on, for being honest.
 

monka blanke (84)
Thursday April 19, 2012, 10:51 am
Kudos for this brave man. I fear the consequenses for him. Will he be silenced ? I hope America will stop "conquering" the world. Bring the troops back home.
 
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