By Press TV US Bureau
“These last three incidents and in particular, the killing of 18 –which has been a more of a shock in the United States than anyone is aware– is that Americans are so ashamed. We have almost no way of dealing with this; we cannot understand what happened. We reached to a point where we have very little faith in our own troops [that] we cannot believe that people in Afghanistan are going to have any faith and trust either.”
Tehran (Press TV) The US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan says Afghan army troops’ attacks on its personnel are having “an out-of-proportion effect” on the Western coalition forces’ morale.
The NATO forces spokesman Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson says such killings have a grave effect on troop morale, adding that the failures in Afghan security procedures have led to several cases of US-led forces’ being killed by Afghan National Army soldiers.
Since the beginning of 2012, seventeen foreign troops have been shot dead by Afghan personnel in 10 separate attacks. Tensions have mounted between Afghan and US-led NATO forces this year due to a series of incidents at the hands of US troops.
Months ago, a video emerged of US forces urinating on dead Afghans. Later, copies of Islam’s holy book were burned at a major US military base and, in the latest incident, an American sergeant was charged with 18 counts of murder over a massacre of Afghan civilians.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Gordon Duff, senior editor of Veterans Today from Maumee, Ohio, to further explore the issue. What follows is an approximate transcription of the interview.
Interview with Gordon Duff, senior editor of Veterans Today
Press TV: Mr. Duff, let’s look at the situation. Now the Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson is talking about loss of morale by the American forces due to what is going on and –if you want to call– it is bad blood that has been taking place lately with the Afghan troops.
What about the other side of things? He does not mention at all what the Afghan troops themselves must be experiencing when they see this grave disrespect that is taking place not just in these 10 years but especially in the last few months to a lot of sanctities that they hold very dear?
Duff: One of the things that is not being taken into account is that the United States has supposedly been training an Afghan army and police force for 11 years and over that period of 11 years, the trust levels have gone down considerably.
These last three incidents that you had mentioned and in particular, the killing of 18 –which has been a more of a shock in the United States than anyone is aware– is that Americans are so ashamed.
We have almost no way of dealing with this; we cannot understand what has happened. We reached to a point where we have very little faith in our own troops [that] we cannot believe that people in Afghanistan are going to have any faith and trust either.
The only answer any of us look at is ending combat operations as quietly as possible and getting the Americans out of Afghanistan without destabilizing the region, Pakistan even more and causing this conflict to turn into a full civil war.
Press TV: In general with this situation at hand as far as the American forces being there, what type of overall situation does it create now for those forces themselves, despite the reasons and why it is happening, are they able to actually be productive in any way?
And if not, what do you think it will take in order for Washington to make the decision to take the troops back home?
Duff: Well, I was in Vietnam when we announced the pullout there, 45 years ago. As soon as you announce a pullout, what all people are going to do is to wait for you to leave. Once a pullout has been announced, no territory has to be held, no battle has to be won.
All someone has to wait for is you to be gone; we have given the schedule for that and between now and then, all that has to be kept up is the killing. The other problem of course is that the United States wants to accuse anyone that is their enemy of either being al-Qaeda or Taliban and they cannot understand that a country does not want the Karzai government to force them and that a country does not want to be invaded by 175 thousand Americans who have stayed there for over a decade.
Frankly, that shooting back is a normal occurrence and should always have been expected. That is exacerbated by the behavior of the American troops with declining morale who are behaving worse and worse and is only a part of a situation that is going to continue to deteriorate.
Press TV: Mr. Duff, what do you see if anything the United States has accomplished in the almost 11 years of being in Afghanistan?
Duff: We have created the world’s largest Narco Republic; we have spend 3 trillion dollars; we have killed thousands and thousands of people; we have put a corrupt government in place; we have trained a military very thoroughly that will be an enemy of the United States for the next 75 years. I think we can be proud of that.
A cut from the Kevin Barrett show:
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than “several” countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.