Tom says he quickly began to appreciate the extent to which Afghanistan is a “man-culture,” big on pride, physical bravado and reputation. Offending that sense of masculinity can be counter-productive — even deadly. Since the war began, no fewer than 70 American troops have died at the hands of their Afghan trainees. Almost all of the killings can be traced to “personal issues,” according to David Sedney, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Quote of the day
I rarely read Danger Room, but I happened to see this piece by David Axe about a U.S./Romanian Special Forces team training an Afghan police unit in a province east of Kabul. This passage in particular struck me: