BruceR notices something I missed in the Paula Broadwell saga-of-actually-describing-what-happened in Tarok Kaloche/Kalacha. And it is a doozy.
Note that ABP (Afghan Border Police) is the only Afghan unit in that list. ABP: by this, Paul is referring undoubtedly to Raziq’s chaps from Spin Boldak, who we’ve talked about before here and here. No Afghan regular army, for instance, or local police. Now, Raziq, it’s fair to say if you follow the links, is not loved by all Kandaharis, and has been accused before of increasing the Taliban’s support through selective atrocities against other Pashtun tribes. His forces have no jurisdiction in Arghandab, deep inside the country, or even deep local knowledge to offer… Wow. But he was the Afghan partner who provided the only host nation input around the table about whether the village needed to be destroyed in order to be saved? Just… wow.
Wow indeed. I should have noticed that. I think I was distracted by the physical disgust at dropping ordinance on a village because of a few HMEs. But this makes the story even worse than it already appeared to be. This whole damned thing stinks to high heaven.