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“Truth, Lies and Afghanistan”: U.S. Army Col. Daniel L. Davis Turns Whistleblower

A U.S. Army colonel fed up with the truth gap between what top Pentagon brass say about the war in Afghanistan and the reality on the ground there has turned whistleblower, penning a scathing article in a military newspaper accusing them of lying.

The New York Times reports that Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis, age 48, wrote an article titled “Truth, Lies and Afghanistan: How Military Leaders Have Let Us Down” that was published online last weekend in the Armed Forces Journal.

“How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding?” the colonel asks in the article. “No one expects our leaders to always have a successful plan,” he adds. “But we do expect–  and the men who do the living, fighting and dying deserve– to have our leaders tell us the truth about what’s going on.”

Col. Davis said his experiences on the ground in Afghanistan have caused him to doubt claims made by military leaders, including former Afghanistan commander Gen. David Petraeus (now CIA director), that conditions are improving and the coalition is achieving its goals.

Petraeus testified before the Senate last year that the Taliban had been thwarted in much of the country and that “significant” progress had been made toward victory.

“What I saw bore no resemblance to rosy official statements by U.S. military leaders about conditions on the ground,” Davis wrote.

The colonel, while opining that he would “get nuked” for blowing the whistle on the deception and misinformation regarding the decade-long U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, does enjoy some bipartisan political support in the halls of power. Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) told the Times:

“For Colonel Davis to go out on a limb and help us to understand what’s happening on the ground, I have the greatest admiration for him.”

Sen Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has also expressed her concerns over the apparent “disparity” between public proclamations and “the bleaker description” of the war in a classified National Intelligence Estimate from last December.

Another highly classified U.S. military report asserted that the Taliban, in concert with Pakistan, will take control of Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw from the country.

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