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In Afghan War, Officer Becomes a Whistle-Blower
New York Times ^ | February 5, 2012 | SCOTT SHANE

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 Stewart’s role as the extraordinary ordinary man who takes on a corrupt establishment.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; khost; mcleanbiblechurch; whistleblower

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.

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I know him. Please pray.

1 posted on 02/06/2012 9:51:48 AM PST by HokieMom
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To: HokieMom

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.


2 posted on 02/06/2012 9:59:13 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: Peter from Rutland

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.


3 posted on 02/06/2012 10:08:40 AM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: HokieMom
Oh, to be sure, LTC. Davis will be dealt with by the brass. But it will be subtle. I hope he will not let up on his criticism. We need to get our troops out of there soon. If the rumors are true that the Administration is working towards talks with the Taliban ... well lets just say it reminds me of another war where we were still in combat against an enemy we were "negotiating with" and that didn't end so well either.

My hat is off to the LTC. And yes prayers for him as well.

4 posted on 02/06/2012 10:26:41 AM PST by ImpBill ("America, where are you now?" - Little "r" republican!)
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To: ImpBill

BTTT


5 posted on 02/06/2012 11:02:53 AM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: HokieMom

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.


6 posted on 02/06/2012 11:38:32 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: HokieMom
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.”

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.

7 posted on 02/06/2012 11:51:08 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (I'd agree with you, but then we would both be wrong.)
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To: HokieMom

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.


8 posted on 02/06/2012 12:30:04 PM PST by ckilmer
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To: Peter from Rutland

BTTT


9 posted on 02/06/2012 12:54:18 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: HokieMom

bfl


10 posted on 02/06/2012 1:15:41 PM PST by gibsosa
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To: HokieMom
The horrible part is that the same thing went on in Vietnam. I saw instances of battles where we had our heads handed to us reported up the chain of command as victories. It's evident we've learned nothing in 40 years.
11 posted on 02/06/2012 1:23:50 PM PST by JoeFromSidney (New book: RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY. A primer on armed revolt. Available form Amazon.)
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To: JoeFromSidney; ckilmer

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.


12 posted on 02/06/2012 3:04:38 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: amom

Mark for further review


13 posted on 02/06/2012 3:10:57 PM PST by amom
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To: Nachum; 444Flyer

This is on Drudge now:

(His assessment)
http://armedforcesjournal.com/2012/02/8904030


14 posted on 02/06/2012 4:09:22 PM PST by HollyB
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To: HokieMom

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.


15 posted on 02/06/2012 5:14:57 PM PST by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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16 posted on 02/06/2012 5:36:24 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Peter from Rutland

I was also thinking about COL Hackworth as I read the article.


17 posted on 02/06/2012 5:40:25 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Is Col. Hackworth friend or foe?


18 posted on 02/06/2012 6:01:13 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: HokieMom
I'm personally a big Hackworth fan, but he was a very controversial figure, both among military personnel and I'm guessing FReepers as well.
19 posted on 02/06/2012 6:07:43 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

There’s something about his name that I associate with Colonel Oliver North.


20 posted on 02/06/2012 7:12:11 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: HokieMom

Yep. Hackworth had some pretty negative things to say about North when North was running for the Senate in VA.


21 posted on 02/06/2012 7:17:47 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

That’s it, thanks!


22 posted on 02/06/2012 7:28:07 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Peter from Rutland
The military is a PC palace.

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.

23 posted on 02/07/2012 7:45:25 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: HollyB
Our warriors have been thrown as lambs to lions under the ROEs for years and years.:(

http://letthemfight.blogspot.com/2012/01/unreasonable-risk-and-ill-conceived.html

24 posted on 02/07/2012 7:47:01 AM PST by 444Flyer (werien)
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