A U.S. Army officer with plenty of on-the-ground experience suggests the talking heads think through the consequences of their calls to action.
Daniel L. Davis is a lieutenant colonel in the US Army serving in the Washington area. He has deployed in combat zones four times, winning the Bronze Star for Valor in Desert Storm. He won the 2012 Ridenhour Prize for Truth Telling.
As the White House negotiates to keep military forces in Afghanistan after 2014, it's time to address what the small force being considered can actually accomplish.
After two combat deployments, Lt. Col. Daniel Davis wrote that the war in Afghanistan had failed. Now, still in uniform two years later, he finds the hard truth continues to be ignored.
In part I was motivated to take the risk of publishing my experiences because of the courage I saw in Michael Hastings, writes Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis.