Last year just about every month witnessed an Afghan soldier turning to his American buddy, smiling and then blasting away. Afghan troops between January to October killed 35 American soldiers serving in their nation for the ostensible task of helping Afghans to deal with Taliban insurgents who kill, and bully people. A defense official noted; “there have been significantly fewer inside attacks over the last several months than before. However, I would not say it’s a problem that’s been solved. It’s a problem we continue to address.”
Although Taliban leaders take credit for these attacks, American military leaders are reluctant to admit that is the case. However, in one way or another, these attacks stem from people in Afghanistan who dislike the American presence. It is time to go, and allow Afghans to handle their lives, for better or worse.