Wave of insider attacks halts US joint patrols with Afghans
How will decision impact Afghanistan's future?
- Duration 4:53
- Date Sep 18, 2012
How will decision impact Afghanistan's future?
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Right now -- a big headline today the US military's suspending joint operations with Afghan forces this after a surge of insider attacks.
Un American and NATO troops also a new outbursts of violence is rocking the country today.
-- homicide bomber attacking me mini -- Carrying foreign workers at least twelve people are dead you're seeing that out there that scene there.
In Kabul this year alone Afghan government troops have turned their guns on NATO force is 36 times.
Killing 51 soldiers most of them.
Americans that is more attacks in the last two years combined joining us now retired lieutenant colonel -- -- And the US army the senior fellow for the center for advanced defense studies so colonel Shaffer had why are we training these guys to begin way.
The whole premise of our strategy there is to leave a security force in place which can sustain.
A sense of what we started helping the Afghan people remain focused on -- central government with Hamid Karzai this democracy and everything.
And the idea is if we train these folks.
They will be the ones who when we leave in 2014 will be able sustain that effort and obviously.
The whole cornerstone of that effort now is jeopardized by the fact we've had to sustain as suspend all trading as of today.
You have -- ever done that before with it with.
Troops in the land of.
Well investigators think thing are a -- here on the show with Jon Scott I predicted three years ago that we would see this level of infiltration of the adversary of the -- -- a bar of the military.
And that we would see this happen.
Others have predicted in this -- on a problem is this there's ways of doing this the way they've been doing -- our isn't working.
And during the eighties we actually brought units out of Latin America where we're trying to help those countries -- secure democracies and -- we help build unit unit cohesion train the trainers.
Frankly -- the only option we've got left -- we got to take these guys.
These people we want to create as a security force -- the Germany give them skills and oh by the way most people recruiting training camp leader right.
So the whole idea that they would be able to train these people and country have local contacts and frankly we we have not been doing a good job of monitoring them as one of the things we suggested they do.
This it's the inevitable result us what you're seeing here the death of our true.
Why now though colonel -- why they think this is happening now we haven't seen is -- let's say five years ago.
Two reasons first we're expanding the military exponentially the Afghan military and the police are trying to basically make.
From what we what from a hundred to 302000.
So this is -- -- -- triple the opportunity for -- misdeeds.
Secondly -- leaving we announced in 20091 of the issues is I think the president made a huge flaw announcing one relieving you never tell your adversary when you're -- you -- -- your enemies of what you're seeing here they're getting more more brazen.
And you you you you basically scared the be Jesus out of you're adversaries I mean your your friends and this case the pakistanis I think we have to look at the pakistanis and how we have to partner with them.
Because frankly the of the solution still remains with Pakistan in some form the safe havens he's got -- -- trained up then.
Okay sin not -- headline today.
Is that -- suspending all of this training that we put a lot of time and energy into over the last several years do you think this is truly a temporary.
Tactical response to recent news over the last moment or this -- shift in strategy overall.
To -- acceptance of the reality -- facing think about this think about walking out of News Corp.
headquarters in the moment you're outside of that secure perimeter you have to look everywhere.
To see if someone's gonna shooters you just think about the psychological effects on.
That's what our guys are going through and we have not accepted that for what it is it's a difficult position and frankly we got to find a way for again with ways of doing this the way they've been doing -- Not the right word do you think -- shift in strategy do you think what actually -- training pick up again in a different way like you're suggesting -- do you think.
This is dead and we leave the country we decide that we're not gonna return to training these guys because it's too dangerous.
Well I think the best way to do it is actually -- trying to -- outside the country put him back in as a unit in units train the trainers again.
I don't think -- -- The oil tax colonel Schaffer let's say we do that you like we were doing -- on the ground why would we had any evidence to believe that they'll carry on our mission after we leave.
That's the point.
We don't have any confidence in the overall Hamid Karzai ability retain power frankly I -- -- predicted within a year or departure.
He -- the central -- democracies fail that's why we need be looking at leadership that working with.
The tribes and warlords who helped us win victory in 20012002.
We have to go back to how we won -- look at that for the reality.
Most people don't like the -- -- -- don't want to talk about Jenna but they dislike even more the Karzai government so the inevitability of what you're talking about here's what we should be focused on.
Not simply trying to please try to security for the.
Lot of choices for the people on the ground there a lot of choices between the government the Taliban the United States insurance -- confusing situation for the average family.
In Afghanistan as it is ours here.
Colonel -- nice -- and says is always thank you.