US Soldiers Ordered Not To Criticize Radical Jihadists


Well this one is going to get under any red-blooded American's skin. According to a new Army handbook that is still being drafted by the Obama administration, but soon to be released, American soldiers are told to brace for a 'social cultural shock' when they meet Afghan soldiers and are to steer clear of subjects regarding women's rights, religion and the Taliban's criminal activity.

The Wall Street Journal reports,

The proposed Army handbook suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture, not Taliban infiltration, has helped drive the recent spike in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against the coalition forces.

"Many of the confrontations occur because of [coalition] ignorance of, or lack of empathy for, Muslim and/or Afghan cultural norms, resulting in a violent reaction from the [Afghan security force] member," according to the draft handbook prepared by Army researchers.

The 75-page manual, reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, is part of a continuing effort by the U.S. military to combat a rise in attacks by Afghan security forces aimed at coalition troops.

Here are a few of the excerpts of the draft handbook titled, Insider Threats - Afghanistan: Observations, Insights, and Lessons:

Green-on-blue incidents provoke a crisis of confidence and trust among [coalition forces] working with [Afghan troops]. As a means of illuminating this insider threat, those [coalition] personnel working on Security Force Assistance Teams during 2012 that live alongside and mentor [Afghan security forces] have about 200 times the risk of being murdered by an [Afghan security force] member than a U.S. police officer has of being murdered in the line of duty by a perpetrator.

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Preventive tools:

Understand that they may have poor conflict resolution skills and that insults cause irrational escalation of force.
Do not discuss religion

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Cultural Awareness:

Flashpoints/Grievances Some U.S. Troops Have Reported Regarding Afghanistan National Security Forces:

To better prepare [coalition forces] for the psychologically challenging conditions in Afghanistan, familiarize yourself with the following stressors some U.S. troops have reported concerning [Afghan security forces] behavior during previous deployments. Bear in mind that not all [coalition] troops have reported such experiences or beliefs.

Some ANSF are profoundly dishonest and have no personal integrity
ANSF do not buy-into war effort; far too many are gutless in combat
Incompetent, ignorant and basically stupid

Bottom line: Troops may experience social-cultural shock and/or discomfort when interacting with [Afghan security forces]. Better situational awareness/understanding of Afghan culture will help better prepare [coalition forces] to more effectively partner and to avoid cultural conflict that can lead towards green-on-blue violence.

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Etiquette Violations Best Avoided by [coalition forces] Taboo conversation topics include:

Anything related to Islam
Mention of any other religion and/or spirituality
Debating the war
Making derogatory comments about the Taliban
Advocating women's rights and equality
Directing any criticism towards Afghans
Mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct

Bottom line: Try to avoid highly charged and emotional issues.

While I do think one must be careful in their surroundings, I don't think this has one thing to do with the number of escalating murders from Green on Blue attacks by Afghan police that have been trained by American soldiers.

Judicial Watch points out:

More than three dozen insider attacks have killed 63 members of the U.S.-led coalition this year, according to the article, and some blame “American cultural ignorance.” The bottom line is that troops may experience social-cultural shock and/or discomfort when interacting with Afghan security forces, the new military handbook says. “Better situational awareness/understanding of Afghan culture will help better prepare [troops] to more effectively partner and to avoid cultural conflict that can lead toward green-on-blue violence.”

The draft leaked to the newspaper offers a list of “taboo conversation topics” that soldiers should avoid, including “making derogatory comments about the Taliban,” “advocating women’s rights,” “any criticism of pedophilia,” “directing any criticism towards Afghans,” “mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct” or “anything related to Islam.

At least one high-ranking military official had the backbone to publicly criticize the new manual, albeit through a spokesperson. U.S. Marine General John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, doesn’t endorse it and rejected a proposed forward drafted by Army officials in his name. “He does not approve of its contents,” according to a military spokesman quoted in the story.

Earlier this year, the Obama administration changed the way federal agents are to be trained earlier this year to combat terrorism and extremists by eliminating all materials that put Islam and Muslims in a negative light and by bending and suspending the law.

The Obama administration also practically ordered every major federal agency to participate in outreach to Muslims, including the Justice Department with a special program to protect Islamic civil rights.

Frankly, what should be done is to bring our people back home, instead of catering to those that want to kill them once they are trained by our military.

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  • Antiliberal

    The author(s) of this insanity should be drawn and quartered, and the pieces scattered over Afghanistan.

  • sharon

    IF I WERE A SOLDIER I WOULD OME HOME AND SAY TO HELL WITH THIS!!

  • sks

    Sounds like our 1st amendment rights are at stake. Just wait " the one" will make it a crime to slam islam, just like he said in a speech... " There will be no future for a nation that condemns Islam." Oh, and by reading the Islamic civil rights, Judicial Watch, maybe Islam is Holder's religion.

  • sscannell05

    Reach out to a veteran as a thank you for their service and sacrifice.
    "A Marine's Christmas
    'Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone,
    In a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone.
    I had come down the chimney with presents to give,
    And had to see just who in this home did live.
    I looked all about, a strange sight I did see,
    No tinsel, No Presents, Not even a tree.
    No stocking by the mantle, just boots full of sand.
    On the wall hung pictures, of a distant land.
    With Medals and Badges, Awards of all kinds,
    A sober thought, came to mind.
    For this house was different, it was dark and dreary,
    I found the home of a Marine, Once I could see clearly.
    The Marine lay sleeping, silent, alone,
    Curled up on the floor, In his one bedroom home.
    The face was so gentle, The room in such disorder,
    Not how I pictured, A United States Marine.
    Was this the hero of whom I'd just read?
    Curled up on a poncho, The floor for a bed?
    I realized the families that I saw this night,
    Owed their lives to these Marines, Who where willing to fight.
    Soon around the world, children would play,
    And grownups would celebrate, a bright Christmas day.
    They enjoyed Freedom, each month of the year,
    Because of these Marines, like the one lying here.
    I couldn't help wonder, how many lay alone,
    On a cold Christmas Eve, In a land Far from home.
    The very thought, brought a tear to my eye.
    I dropped to my knees and started to cry.
    The soldier awakened, and I heard a rough voice,
    "Santa don't cry, this life is my choice;
    I fight for Freedom, I don't ask for more,
    My life is my God, My Country, My Corps."
    The Marine rolled over, and soon drifted to sleep.
    I couldn't control it, I continued to weep.
    I kept watch for hours, So silent and still
    And we both shivered from the cold night's chill.
    I didn't want to leave on that cold, dark night,
    This Guardian of Honor, so willing to fight.
    Then the Marine rolled over, with a voice soft and pure,
    Whispered, "Carry on Santa. It's Christmas Day, All is Secure."
    One look at my watch, and I knew he was right.
    Merry Christmas my friend, And to all a good night."