Senior U.S. officer breaks ranks to expose ‘truth and lies about Afghanistan’

By Jill Reilly
8th February 2012
Mail Online

Damning report: Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis said he 'witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level'

A US army officer has accused the American military of painting a misleading picture of progress in the war in Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Davis turned whistleblower and broke ranks with the official portrayal of the Afghan war after he ‘witnessed the absence of success on virtually every level.’

‘How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding?’ Colonel Davis asked in an article titled ‘Truth, Lies and Afghanistan: How Military Leaders Have Let Us Down.’

‘No one expects our leaders to always have a successful plan,’ he said in the article. ‘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.

In the piece published online in the Armed Forces Journal, which Colonel Davis admitted may cost him his career, he says he believes it is his duty to speak out because he has access to classified material which prove a disparity between what has happened and what the public is told.

Rising death toll

Rising death toll: The body of Army Brig. Gen.Terence J. Hildner was returned to Dover Air Force Base, Del yesterday. ‘How many more men must die in support of a mission that is not succeeding?’ Colonel Davis asked in his article

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