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Afghan Police Panic from One Taliban Mortar Shell

Updated on June 18, 2011

God help us! Despite the billions and zillions spent on creating an Afghanistan police force (is this redundant, or what?) the situation is as bad as it ever was. The US has pent $106 million to train these worthless, gutless Afghan men into a police force.

A few days ago, the Taliban attacked the police training ground during its inauguration. Hundreds of recruits were spiffy in their uniforms and holding their weapons. As the the ceremony began, so did one incoming round from a single Taliban mortar. The mortar round crashed into the area exploding debris all over. These brave recruits were sent crawling on the ground searching for cover. Government officials present were scurried off by "real" professional bodyguards into helicopters that quickly flew away. Only a few more rounds randomly landed causing panic among these policemen. The ceremony was cancelled and the police were acting like scared rats.

That is what happens when you spend millions to train a bunch of illiterate Afghan men who are simply terrified by the mere mention of Taliban, let alone the sound of mortars or the crackle of gunshots. They instinctively seek to save themselves first. It will NEVER work. Afghan men and women are simply "spooked" by the Taliban. Training obviously has not corrected the problem. Never will.

By the end of this year, $20 billion will have been spent since 2009, to train Afghan men to be policemen and soldiers, few, if any, can be counted on during a battle or gunfight. American soldiers call them "worthless", so do the Afghan civilians. Police are frowned upon because they accept bribes and they act in the Taliban's behalf by imposing Islamic taxes from those within their district. This is something the Taliban did and still do in areas they control.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 6 years ago

      Ha! yes, GI Joe and Jane!

    • FGual profile image

      FGual 6 years ago from USA

      Great spot on assessment. What will it take to get us out of that hell hole, or at least end the money pit? It may take a new president to get us out. Pray for GIJoe