Afghan Special Forces Commander Steals Weapons And Defects To The Taliban

158px-flag_of_afghanistansvg260px-Flag_of_Taliban.svgWe have yet another example of how well our war in Afghanistan is going after tens of thousands of deaths and wounds (and hundreds of billions of dollars): the commander of an Afghan special forces defected to the Taliban and took a Humvee filled with U.S. supplied weapons and equipment. That, believe it or not, is a fortunate outcome. We have repeated had Afghan allies shoot U.S. soldiers in the back before running off to join the enemy. Nevertheless, the Obama Administration has been pressuring Afghanistan to allow thousands of U.S. soldiers to remain in the country and continues to pour huge amounts of money into the country.

Monsif Khan left his 20-man team in Kunar’s capital Asadabad to join the Hezb-e-Islami organization.

He sent his men sightseeing or on leave and then loaded up their weapons and materials to join the other side.

Over the last month alone, there have been 10 insider attacks by Afghan military. These attacks are now responsible for an astonishing one in every five coalition combat deaths.

By the way, he picked an appropriate group to join. We trained and supplied Hezb-e-Islami before Gulbuddhin Hekmatyar switched sides. It is now considered one of the most anti-American and lethal insurgent groups.

Khan will now be able to use his U.S. training to kill Americans and of course stop girls from going to school, children from getting polio shots, and other priorities for the morally correct Islamic insurgency.

25 thoughts on “Afghan Special Forces Commander Steals Weapons And Defects To The Taliban

  1. All we have done in Afghanistan is funded a criminal enterprise King pin as president and rearmed the Taliban and Al Queda. It is a debacle. Then we get to listen to Cheney selling his book this morning. No second thoughts; no doubts no mistakes. It is truly infuriating.

  2. Yes, we have absolutely no reason for being in Afghanistan and I agree with David. I wonder though who DavidM voted for in 2000 and 2004 and 2008. We know it wasn’t Gore, Kerry, or Obama. So was it for the “team” that got us into these wars costing Trillion$ and the “Old Warhawk” who would have continued them full force. Perhaps though his upset with the wars occurred when a Democrat became President?

  3. We have been in Afghanistan for eleven years. We installed Karzai. We have provided his government billions. We always hear about how rugged the country is and how fierce their fighters when describing a battle involving US soldiers.

    Marine boot camp is 12 weeks long. All other branches of the US military are less. We constantly hear of the unequaled fighting prowess of US soldiers. If Karzai’s government is legit, the last ten years has been more than adequate time to recruit, train and deploy an army of Afghan soldiers up to the task of maintaining security. Let’s leave him to it. If he fails, well lets just say its Allah’s will.

  4. In 1980 when I was a human in a prior life I was in the bar at the Hilton Hotel at El Tahir Square in Cairo, Egypt. MI6 and the boys from Bell Helicopter (CIA) were in there recruiting people to help them recruit Saudis and Egyptians to form into Muslim Brotherhood militias to go into Afghanistan to fight the Soviets. Yeah, we formed Al Qaida back then to throw the Russians out.

  5. President Obama is apparently convinced it is better to keep the Taliban fighting in Afghanistan than allowing them to take over again and be in a better position to export their bloody insanity. Pakistan is not up to the task and would, in fact, be in greater peril, along with their nuclear weapons. If there is a better way to go forward that precludes a Karzai fall, speak up.

  6. The result of US direct military action in Afghanistan is as stillborn today as it was at it’s inception in 2001.

    This charade has very little to do with terrorism (US is world’s leading sponsor) and everything to do with profit for hardwired defense contractors and their Afghan lackeys.

    This may be the first war in human history with more millionaires created than people killed via direct military action.

    What an accomplishment for humanity.

    War is a racket.

  7. nick spinelli 1, October 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    If you say you have thought this way during Republican administrations, you risk be called a liar.
    Or risk being a liar.

    Given a choice as to which is worse, there will be a diversity of opinion.

    How people “think” on issues is not substantially based on the occupant[s] of one of the branches of U.S. government, it is based more on the culture they were “raised” in.

    Or, if their “thinking” differs from their culture, their “thinking” will be based on some degree of struggle to “think” individually.

    Same with lying.

    But in any case, only 2% of that “thinking” is conscious, the other 98% is subconscious:

    Probably 98 percent of your reasoning is unconscious – what your brain is doing behind the scenes. Reason is inherently emotional. You can’t even choose a goal, much less form a plan and carry it out, without a sense that it will satisfy you, not dis­gust you. Fear and anxiety will affect your plans and your ac­tions. You act differently, and plan differently, out of hope and joy than out of fear and anxiety.

    Thought is physical. Learning requires a physical brain change: Receptors for neurotransmitters change at the synapses, which changes neural circuitry. Since thinking is the activation of such circuitry, somewhat different thinking re­quires a somewhat different brain. Brains change as you use them-even unconsciously. It’s as if your car changed as you drove it, say from a stick shift gradually to an automatic.

    (The Toxic Bridge To Everywhere, quoting “What Orwell Didn’t Know”, by Lakoff). Add to that the fact that society changes, sometimes completely from “night to day”, it gets complicated.

  8. Dredd, Some of allegedly progressive, inclusive people here throw out, “racist, homophobe, liar, sexist” indiscriminately. I believe Mr. Turley spoke to that earlier today. I have NEVER called anyone here a liar. I am sure as I can be they are sometimes, but you don’t say that unless you have proof. What’s your philosophy on calling someone a liar? Is there a burden of proof, or is it just how you feel or think?

  9. There will be another bout of ethnic cleansing as soon as the US troops pull out. We need to arm the Hazara in Afghanistan. More than 1 million of them have been killed by followers of the Salafi Movement(that includes the Taliban and Al Qaida, and many other groups.) Why do you not listen? They are like the NAZIs. Yet no one speaks.

    Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:09:50 +0000 To:

  10. ” … the Obama Administration has been pressuring Afghanistan to allow thousands of U.S. soldiers to remain in the country …” Jonathan Turley

    Here we go again with The Obama Quagmire Perpetuation Doctrine, or “Leaving by Staying,” or, as typically the case for the learning impaired U.S. corporate/military government since WWII:

    Let’s Already Do It Again!

    Let’s already do it again
    Let’s write with no ink in the pen
    On the paper no trace of the egg on our face
    Let’s already do it again

    Let’s start on our very next loss
    With a coin and some dice and a toss
    Let’s forget this here game where we’ve come up so lame
    The next time around we’ll be boss

    Let’s hurry to do it again
    With the chorus still shouting “Amen!”
    Before we can think of the fact that we stink
    Let’s pour on the perfume and then…

    Let’s you and him get in a fight
    Then we’ll get involved for a night
    Helping out here and there, we’ll of course gladly share
    What was yours that we’ve “earned” with our might

    The brass needs a billet or two
    And some soldiers in order to screw
    A few jumbo jets and they’ve got no regrets
    Not with CNN asking their view

    They “can do,” you see, though they can’t
    Rhetorically venting their rant
    They talk a good show then the battle they slow
    Making “long time” the footprint they plant

    A “journey,” they say, not a “race”
    Attempting to save naked face
    In four years and more, they’ve produced a “long war”
    Of their “victory” — no sign or trace

    Let’s unlearn our history now
    And not ask about why or how
    While still sort of numb and sufficiently dumb
    Let’s not any learning allow

    We failed in Vietnam before
    Despite all the blood, guts, and gore
    Yet no fortune’s vast for our leadership caste
    To squander on warbucks galore

    A syndrome we need to construct
    To conceal the true fact that we’re f*cked
    Our governing group has just stepped in the poop
    Now they’ve got to deny that they’ve sucked

    We need war to prop up the few
    Who really have nothing to do
    Their lack of a skill means that others must kill
    To produce all the “metrics” they skew

    The Worst and the Dullest, they paint
    Every failure with their smell and taint
    In a rut or a groove, they have set out to prove
    What Tweedledee said “isn’t” ain’t

    We’ve got the worst leadership team:
    A truly mad, nightmarish scream
    But screwing the pooch while a backside they smooch
    To them seems like just a wet dream

    Wherever they came from, who knows?
    Incompetence in them just grows
    They get us bombed stiff then they jump off a cliff
    Demonstrating what already shows

    We just hung a man in Iraq
    Once gone, though, we can’t get him back
    Now without any rope, down the slippery slope
    Our excuses get ever more slack

    They talk of a “spike” and a “surge”
    All to cover a fear and an urge
    They’ve shot our last wad, now they’ve left it to “GAWD”
    To figure out where next to splurge

    They’ve had all the time that they need
    To knock off the bullshit and screed
    With their flat learning curve, they’ve one hell of a nerve
    To demand more sick bodies to bleed

    This ain’t good and it’s got to stop
    Whatever they try at they flop
    If left at the helm they’ll just wreck the whole realm
    In planting their dragon’s teeth crop

    So let us dismiss these vile men
    Now mainly less rooster than hen
    Before they can blow what at sundown they crow:
    “Let’s already do it again!”

    Michael Murry, “The Misfortune Teller,” Copyright 2007

  11. Occupying forces generate the most fervent of opposition and their fervor along with the US desire to identify and eliminate the opposition perpetuate the cycle of war forever.
    Does the US even require boots on the ground when they have drones and have had time to buy a entire generation as spies? They currently pay extortion to the Afghan leadership to carry on this new style PWA project for corporations.
    This is a ongoing criminal enterprise, meant to rob the treasury of taxpayers money for the enrichment of the hills clients, all the while sacrificing brave young men and women.


    “Afghan businessman accused of channeling aid money to insurgency”

    By Jessica Donati and Mirwais Harooni

    KABUL | Tue Oct 22, 2013 3:49am EDT


    (Reuters) – U.S. inspectors are on the trail of a successful Afghan businessman they believe has channeled millions of dollars in aid to the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, one of the deadliest insurgent groups in Afghanistan, but still has donor-funded reconstruction contracts around the country.

    The investigation, detailed in a trove of documents obtained by Reuters, comes at a crucial time for Afghanistan and its foreign allies, who have poured billions of dollars into leaving behind a stable, viable state when most NATO-led combat troops pull out next year.

    Development aid to Afghanistan – approaching $100 billion after 12 years of war – and the contractors who receive it are being scrutinized by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR), with one case in particular involving businessman Haji Khalil Zadran linked to the Haqqanis.

    “It makes absolutely no sense that individuals and entities designated as supporting the insurgency could receive U.S. contracts,” John Sopko, the chief of the U.S. watchdog agency, told Reuters.

    “If they get a contract not only do they get U.S. taxpayer money, but they could gain access to U.S. personnel and facilities, putting our troops at risk,” he said.

    Zadran rejects the allegations, saying it is simply a case of mistaken identity.

    SIGAR believes Zadran’s case is one of dozens that show a sinister side to the story of how endemic corruption, a charge often leveled at President Hamid Karzai’s government, has undermined efforts to stabilize Afghanistan.

    Zadran left school to drive trucks and went on to build an empire that has won more than $125 million in donor-funded construction projects.

    His fortune should reflect the potential for success in post-war Afghanistan. Instead, the SIGAR investigation paints a picture of how aid has been siphoned off to maintain a web of corruption, violence and failure.

    The inability over many years to stop firms believed to be supporting the insurgency from winning multi-million-dollar contracts exposes the lack of control that donors have over cash once it is handed over to the Afghan government.

    Those transfers make up an increasing proportion of aid. U.S. federal agencies want more than $10.7 billion for reconstruction programs in 2014, SIGAR says, and the government has promised at least half will be granted directly to Afghan institutions to spend as they see fit.

    Much of the evidence against Zadran is classified, but the cache of documents given to Reuters by U.S. officials on condition of anonymity show that he has close business ties with the Haqqani network’s leader, Sirajuddin Haqqani.

    The Haqqanis, Islamist insurgents who operate on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, are believed to have introduced suicide bombing into Afghanistan. (continues…)

  13. nick spinelli 1, October 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Dredd, Some of allegedly progressive, inclusive people here throw out, “racist, homophobe, liar, sexist” indiscriminately. I believe Mr. Turley spoke to that earlier today. I have NEVER called anyone here a liar. I am sure as I can be they are sometimes, but you don’t say that unless you have proof. What’s your philosophy on calling someone a liar? Is there a burden of proof, or is it just how you feel or think?
    I didn’t call you or anyone else a liar, I said when one takes certain positions and trumpets it, as you mentioned, one risks being a liar.

    The T-party androids are a prime example.

    The bushie neoCon hand holding and warmongering is a liar’s foreign policy.

    The Sauidis who held hands with Bush II are now going to go find another lover cause we won’t bomb Syria and Iran for them (Saudi Arabia set for diplomatic shift away from US).

    The bushies and the T-party are the very worst, the democrats are second, and other parties are racing for third place.

    Whoopie do.

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