When I hit the ground in Afghanistan in 2006, it was flatly obvious that we were losing the war. The prevailing thoughts in the media and Washington held that we were winning in Afghanistan but Iraq was hopeless. I was saying nearly the opposite during many dozens of interviews and articles.
And so amid torrents scathing criticism, during 2006, I wrote a series of one dozen dispatches saying in the clearest terms that we were losing the war in Afghanistan. I have been warning for a long time that this war shows every sign that it will overshadow anything we saw in Iraq when it comes to danger to our troops.
The warnings are over. Here we are. There is little doubt that the Afghanistan war, at least on a per capita basis, will become far more deadly for our troops than even the darkest days in Iraq. People still scoff when I say these things, but they do not see clearly. This is a “no kidding” war. Don’t be fooled by the slow buildup. The dark potential of AfPak is enormous.
Please read today’s dispatch, which I published in the Washington Times (YON: Girl with no future)
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Why Limit Your Worldview To The Opinions & Presentations Of Big News Media?
FOX News, BBC, CNN and even our own CBC each have their spins and agendas on world events. At Barbados Free Press we believe that people who confine their sources to the major news media are being fed carefully structured information. You can pick up a newspaper in Narita Airport Japan, San Francisco, Glasgow or Bridgetown on the same day and read the same stories, the same quotes and often the exact same words.
That is why blogs, websites, twitter and facebook are flourishing for news and analysis – and that is one of the reasons why people keep coming back to Barbados Free Press. Our readers judge everything with a critical eye and they know that they will find stories at BFP that they won’t see in the oldstream Barbados news media. And as we continually remind our readers, don’t believe us either!
We at BFP and our readers enjoy hearing all sides and then deciding for ourselves.
That curiosity brought us to Michael Yon as one of our sources of information on the wars, and now we are going to share him with you.
Michael Yon is a former U.S. Green Beret soldier who has been reporting from the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Philippines since 2004. (Oh, you didn’t know that there is a war on in the Philippines? Check it out and then ask yourself why you don’t know that.)
Sometimes he is embedded with troops from many nations, and sometimes he is just walking around in Iraq and Afghanistan by himself. (!) He has warned of the dangers and the realities of Afghanistan and Iraq for five years and often is totally at odds with what you will read in the big news media or hear from government.
Yet battlefield commanders from many nations continue to let Yon embed with the troops – because they know he will tell it like it is.
Dear readers, we give you a man who blogs from the battlefields of the world: Micheal Yon…
“Iraq is 1,000 years more advanced than Afghanistan. Nepal is far more connected to and cognizant of the outside world.
After nearly eight years of war and billions spent, there is not a single Afghan soldier in this entire province. There is not a meter of paved road. There is a single television station that operates for maybe four hours a night when it has fuel.”
From Michael Yon’s article: The girl with no future
(Barbados Free Press editor’s comment… What a waste of eight years and trillions of dollars. Where is all the money that was supposed to be building new government, security, infrastructure and a free society in Afghanistan?)
If you value Michael’s reporting, you can support him at his website
I am back in Afghanistan. There is progress on many fronts, but in sum, we are still losing the war at an increasing rate. All is not hopeless, but it’s not looking good. The fighting promises to be far more deadly for our troops here than we ever saw in Iraq. The big media has done an abysmal job of covering the latest fighting. Yes, there are many stories from Afghanistan, but if you look at the bylines, many are filed from places like Kabul.
When you see “Kabul,” think “Saigon” or “Green Zone” with hotels and bars.
I’m heading back to combat and will be right there, up close, in the middle like usual. The risks are severe and expenses such as insurance skyrocket when in combat. I can maintain this pace for long periods, but only if you have my back. Nobody else does. Your support is crucial to this front-line reporting. This site accepts zero advertisement.
If you want hardcore, frontline reporting, stay tuned and please support this mission by making a direct contribution. Without your support, this mission will end. Thank you for helping to bring untold stories from the struggles for Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines and elsewhere.
Thank you and God bless.
Michael Yon Support Page (make a donation to keep him blogging in the field)