Lt. Col. Daniel Davis: U.S. Lying About "Success" in Afghanistan

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A U.S. Army officer has written a damning article about the war in Afghanistan claiming the Pentagon is lying about alleged successes, saying he has seen no evidence of that on the ground.

The Daily Mail reports Lt. Col. Daniel Davis makes his claims in an article published online at the Armed Forces Journal. He writes that he "witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level."

Davis has been in the Army for 27 years. His latest assignment was with Rapid Equipping Force in Afghanistan, which said took him "into every significant area where our soldiers engage the enemy."

He writes:

No one expects our leaders to always have a successful plan. 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...

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

If Americans were able to compare the public statements many of our leaders have made with classified data, this credibility gulf would be immediately observable.

The Pentagon predictably disagrees with Davis's views.

"Lt. Col. Davis is obviously entitled to his opinion," spokesman George Little said. He added that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta "has very strong confidence in his commanders in Afghanistan, as they provide assessments of what is happening on the ground in the war."