Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mystery surrounds Afghan execution of US Officers

Click here for related story [AP]
Saturday's security breach of the Interior Ministry in Kabul resulted in the murder of two senior US military advisors.  It raises questions on the security afforded these officers as well as the long term Advisory effort following US military withdrawal.
But, was security "breached” at all?

The Afghan Government identified the shooter as Abdul Saboor, a 25-year-old Afghan "driver".  
 Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid identified the shooter as Abdul Rahman  -- a Taliban sympathizer who gained access to the facility through an "accomplice".  Apparently, neither individual has been apprehended.
The two American officers were shot inside a “secure room" --  accessible only by personnel who knew the numerical combination.  The assassin gained entry, after which he shot each officer in the head.

Lt Col Loftis (c) Media2-WPTV

Air Force Lt. Col. Loftis, was assigned to the 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron in Kabul. He managed the deployment and tasking of Air Force support personnel in Afghanistan.

He was proficient in the Pashto language, and, in 2009, was given the name "
Esan" meaning "the quality of being generous."  

MAJ Bob Marchanti     (c) SMNewsnet
Army Major Robert J. Marchanti II, a National Guard Civil Affairs officer, was from Baltimore.

Both officers were assigned as Civil Affairs advisors supporting the Afghan Government; it appears neither had combat experience.

Experienced combat observers wonder why these officers made no attempt to defend themselves.  Were they allowed to carry sidearms? 

Or, were they unarmed and defenseless -- forced by American military policy to rely upon the Afghan security forces for the defense they required?

Combat veterans from Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan realize the ease with which native counterparts can change allegiances; a friend today can become the enemy tonight. That's why US advisors seldom go unarmed.

The Taliban claimed credit for the infiltration of the secure facility and for the murder of these two officers.  Did the Obama Administration's DOD Rules of Engagement facilitate this breach and murder?

ISAF has yet to disclose if the two dead officers were armed, or, whether they were even allowed to carry firearms inside the Ministry of Interior -- the key policing authority in Afghanistan.

What happens after the US pulls out of Afghanistan?

If the Kharzai Government, supported by a strong  ISAF force, can’t  maintain security in its own security department, it raises serious questions about the potential success of any “advisory role” by the remaining US or ISAF troops.

Spookdblog Note:
We wonder, at this point, of the purpose of our even being in Afghanistan.
Our original purpose was to hunt down and capture/kill Osama Bin Ladin.

That was accomplished last Fall on a special TV promotion via the White House SitRoom
[or, during the summer of 2008, if you believe the SpecOps folks who do this kind of thing.]

So, what is our purpose in Afghanistan now?  Who are we protecting; certainly not the Afghans, and most certainly not "Democracy."  We have to assume that within minutes of the departure of our last combat and combat support troops, the Taliban will seize control of the government, execute -- or re-educate all those supporters of the US, and impose Sharia Law on the hapless remaining population.

Any advisors we install will most likely become targets for kidnapping and/or assassination.

General Allen's academic and incompetent handling of the US/SECAF role in Afghanistan has negated any positives accomplished by General Petraeus during the years of his command.  All that is left for the US is to quietly withdraw, and mark up still another humiliating defeat.