Much of what I saw during my deployment, let alone read or wrote in official reports, I can’t talk about; the information remains classified. But I can say that such reports — mine and others’ — serve to illuminate the gulf between conditions on the ground and official statements of progress.
A January 2011 report by the Afghan NGO Security Office noted that public statements made by U.S. and ISAF leaders at the end of 2010 were “sharply divergent from IMF, [international military forces, NGO-speak for ISAF] ‘strategic communication’ messages suggesting improvements. We encourage [nongovernment organization personnel] to recognize that no matter how authoritative the source of any such claim, messages of the nature are solely intended to influence American and European public opinion ahead of the withdrawal, and are not intended to offer an accurate portrayal of the situation for those who live and work here.”
Now that the US is all set to leave Afghanistan, leaving behind a more destabilized country than it was when US along with the support of its allies stormed it almost a decade ago, many questions arise in onlookers mind which when viewed in the confessions of Colonel Daniel above, paint a gory picture of the state of affairs in Afghanistan, contrary to all assertions and propaganda through official channels.
The US despite its military might could not subdue determined Vietnamese in the 60s and 70s and were forced to abandon Vietnam War with much humiliation and shame. Now after a decade, isn't the US abandoning Afghanistan in a much more disgusting and humiliating mode? The ongoing efforts to engage Taliban in talks says it all.
You may read the complete article at Armed Forces Journal
Note: A non-classified version is available at Afghan Report