Skip to comments.In Afghan War, Officer Becomes a Whistle-Blower
Posted on 02/06/2012 9:51:36 AM PST by HokieMom
WASHINGTON On his second yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis traveled 9,000 miles, patrolled with American troops in eight provinces and returned in October of last year with a fervent conviction that the war was going disastrously and that senior military leaders had not leveled with the American public.
Colonel Davis on patrol in Khost Province last August. Since enlisting in the Army in 1985, he said, he had repeatedly seen top commanders falsely dress up a dismal situation. But this time, he would not let it rest. So he consulted with his pastor at McLean Bible Church in Virginia, where he sings in the choir. He watched his favorite movie, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, one more time, drawing inspiration from Jimmy Stewarts role as the extraordinary ordinary man who takes on a corrupt establishment.
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Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis last month after
sharing his view on the Afghan war with some
members of Congress.
You can't spin the fact that more men are getting blown up every year, he said.
I know him. Please pray.
I see the fatally flawed ER system is still in use. This guy won’t go above full bird Colonel. if that.
Ask David Hackworth what speaking truth to the perfumed princes in the Pentagon will do. Oh wait, he’s dead. Never mind.
I see in the article where Danny says he agrees with your assertion and that he will be “nuked” yet his superiors say, he would not face adverse action.” We hope pray good will come of his actions.
My hat is off to the LTC. And yes prayers for him as well.
They are making the same mistakes they made in Vietnam. Perhaps not completely, there are exceptions such as the weapons systems are better (M16 anyone?) and the right training (not sure about this but desert conditions are easier to simulate than jungle).
But the way the war is fought is all wrong. We’re back to not out-G-ing the G. We need to simply get the hell out of there.
He probably won't see "adverse action", in the sense of being demoted or assigned to be morale officer at some arctic base. However, neither is he likely to receive a sufficiently enthusiastic rating to get promoted any time soon, nor is he likely to be assigned to a command position.
Yeah, I know him too. Sounds like you’re at MBC.
I too think Danny has followed the rules well enough—nor has he said anything very new or revealing such that the army would feel compelled to do anything formal against him.
Rather what will happen will be that he won’t be given anything to do. Most of the people that talk to him — will talk less and associate with him less.
He’s set to retire in any case in three years. So he’ll have plenty of time on his hands in the next couple years to prepare for his next career.
Mr. HokieMom (HokieDad) says the same thing. The mission is noble to kill the enemy and protect our nation. We want to do the best we can by our men and women in uniform. It appears we are failing them once again.
Mark for further review
This is on Drudge now:
Incredible. If these top brass would have been around during the Battle of the Little Big Horn it would have been reported that Custer conquered the west.
I was also thinking about COL Hackworth as I read the article.
Is Col. Hackworth friend or foe?
There’s something about his name that I associate with Colonel Oliver North.
Yep. Hackworth had some pretty negative things to say about North when North was running for the Senate in VA.
That’s it, thanks!
I used to have a high view of them, until some of my friends and family came back.
I have no doubt that if Obama turned the Army on the domestic population, most if not all officers will follow orders. The rankers might not, but it will depend on the target and where they are from.
Before I get flamed, read about what the few who speak out say.