Army Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis just spent a year in Afghanistan patrolling with troops in outposts all over the country.
He also spoke with many Afghan security officials, civilians and elders.
These are some things he reported in Armed Forces Journal:
'Little or no evidence local governments were providing basic needs of the people.'
'Insurgents controlled virtually every piece of land beyond eyeshot of U.S. Or multinational forces.'
'Afghan security forces would not leave security outposts after being attacked, because "it was too dangerous."'
'Numbers depicting casualties and enemy violence indicate the absence of progress, so too did my observation of the tactical situation.'
'The men who do the living, fighting and dying deserve to have our leaders tell us the truth about what's going on.'
'Our senior leaders owe it to the nation and to uniformed members to be candid and how expensive potential success is likely to be.'
Col. Davis sums it up by writing, 'Simply telling the truth is a good start.'
That's his Point of View.
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