Due to dangerous rules of engagement and a fear of persecution by their own government Afghanistan has become more deadly to American forces than ever. The main stats that say plenty in this article are that in 62 months there have been 1,681 deaths at a rate of 27.1 a day. During the previous administration there was 630 deaths in 87 months at an average of 7.2 per day.
Col. Allen West knows a little about what he writes. He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and a Valorous Unit Award.
As a former combat commander, I can tell you that fear is difficult to avoid on the battlefield. But on today’s battlefields, a new fear haunts our troops: the fear of persecution by their own government. That fear leads to internal hesitation. And that leads to death.
Billy and Karen Vaughn, parents who know the pain of having their warrior son betrayed write on Breitbart.com:
“U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are now forced to fight a two-fronted war. Before each deployment, these soldiers understand fully that day after day they will do battle against relentless terrorists with shifting loyalties and unspeakable hatred. But what none of them could have foreseen was the killing field that would open from their rear: the Continental United States.
“Our government’s incessant tightening of already restrictive ROE (Rules of Engagement), compounded by the failed COIN (Counterinsurgency) strategy—also known as “winning hearts and minds”—has made an otherwise primitive enemy formidable.”
Read more of his thoughts on the war and the rise in the death rate in Afghanistan here on AllenBWest.com.