Afghanistan Today, the GWOT Hotspot (The Afghanistan Scandal?) 1-6-13-Mon. (360 Days to go)
360 days to go for US troops in Afghanistan. God bless American troops still in Afghanistan as they complete retrograde operations, closing US bases and packing up and/or destroying equipment. Some equipment is too costly to ship back I have read in reports, so it is destroyed in Afghanistan and sold for scrap. It is still a danger zone, recently retaining its place on the list of countries where US troops earn imminent danger pay, which was reported to be $7.50 a day. Links from around the GWOT:
1.) While US troops are in retrograde operations in Afghanistan, one of the reasons for the $7.50 a day imminent danger is revealed here: Afghans set to release 88 dangerous prisoners despite US concern for the safety of our troops. Link:
2.) The Washington Post reports (asks): “How hard is it to win hearts and minds in Afghanistan? Very hard.” With our Command College, and military academies for the Navy, Army, and Air Force, why was the COIN doctrine (nation building) even considered for Afghanistan when there was plenty of history to study on previous ventures in Afghanistan: British 3 wars in the 1800’s-early 1900’s involvement, Soviet Union involvement, “The Great Game” between the British and Russians, etc.?
3.) US taxpayers spend $50 billion on armored vehicles (MRAPS), most now going into storage or being scrapped: