President Joe Biden acknowledged during his speech from the White House this week that “the scenes we are seeing in Afghanistan are deeply distressing, especially for war veterans, our diplomats, and humanitarian aid workers, for anyone who has spent time on earth working in support of the Afghan people.”
However, the voices of the veteran community are not always heard in the mainstream media, which tends to prioritize finger pointing and political wrangling over the impact of such events on the people who served there, or the people who lost loved ones there. The gloom and anger that streamed through the veteran community—the American flag descended from the embassy in Kabul, the United States failing to secure even a safe route out of the country for its people, not to mention the Afghans who supported the U.S.-led effort there over the past twenty years—has been swift and devastating to many. In the veteran community, who often do not deal with the media, but turn to each other for support via chat rooms.
A statement issued by former President George Bush and former first lady Laura Bush read: “Many of you are dealing with the wounds of war, visible and invisible. And some of your brothers and sisters in arms made the utmost sacrifices in the war on terror. Every day, your commitment and courage were humbling.” You have eliminated a brutal enemy and denied al-Qaeda a safe haven while building schools, sending supplies and providing medical care. You have kept America safe from further terrorist attacks, you have provided two decades of security and opportunity for millions, and you have made America proud. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we will always honor your contributions.”
The Cipher Brief reached out to two veteran leaders, Matthew Griffin and Scott Chapman, who wrote a fake message They called “Writing in the Taliban” as a way to share their anger over recent events and how they believe – based on their unique experience on the ground – the Taliban will pass on this “victory” to their followers.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you do not need to fear the outcome of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but don’t know the enemy, then for every victory you get you will also suffer a defeat. If you don’t know yourself or the enemy, you will give up in every battle.
– Sun Tzu, art of war
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Matthew “Grave” Griffin is a former Army Special Operations Ranger and West Point graduate. He served four combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq with the 2nd Ranger. Gref left the army in 2006 and co-founded Combat Flip Flops. Manufacturing fashion and lifestyle products in war zones, while supporting profits for girls’ education, landmine removal, and veterans’ charities.
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Scott Chapman served at 2second abbreviation 75 . battalionNS The Ranger Regiment 2001-2005. It spread in Iraq during the 2003 invasion and in Afghanistan 4 times. After the Army, Scott worked as a contractor providing security support to the intelligence community where he deployed 17 times mostly to Forward Operating Bases (FOB) to provide security support to intelligence and operations personnel. Scott’s last rotation was at the Annex at the US Embassy in Kabul, where he served as mentor to the local guard forces.
Diary: We’ve spent the past week trying to find a way to get our ideas across to the American people in a way that will intentionally evoke some of the rage, anger, action, and understanding that we feel. Writing in the Taliban’s voice felt right. If reading our letter from the Taliban makes you angry, cry or think thinking – then our goal is achieved. We hope this action inspires you by reaching out to your elected officials. They’ve been repeating the same failed rules of the game since World War II with your sons and daughters and tax money. If you want this to keep happening, do nothing. If you don’t, do something. If we all do a little, we do a lot together.
Written by the Taliban
opinion / perspective – The first time I saw you was in the Khyber Pass. You’ve come with your technology, vengeance-fueled elite fighters, and the arrogance to believe you can refute history.
This was a war you didn’t have the guts to fight. But I’m glad you tried.
We bled you the same way the Soviets bled us in our Holy Land. We bled you the same way the Vietnamese bled you back home. We did it patiently and deliberately.
patience. Something Westerners never learn.
Our millennial generation. We do not yearn for an early victory when the infidels destroy our Holy Land. Our victory has been celebrated decades from now. We endured, then destroyed every standing army across our borders. why? How do? We are patient.
Within 30 days, we will be stronger, richer, and in control of the precious natural resources you need for your pathetic and rest dictated life. We will have women, fortunes, land, guns, and property for one of the greatest chapters of military history.
If you want to try again, the challenge is welcome. You will fail no matter how much money you burn in our deserts. For pity, here is a free tip that may contribute to your future success; Should you decide to invade again?
It recruits drug-addicted, distracted and disillusioned warriors and supporters obsessed with comfort and entertainment. People obsessed with changing their worldly reality. Alcohol, marijuana, pills and our new favorite – Tide Pods. Every time your doctors prescribe opioid pain relievers, our vaults are coated in gold. Your natives’ thirst for heroin has never been more lucrative for our warrior tribes. We’ll keep feeding you poison as long as you keep your hands off.
If your people weren’t so weak, undisciplined, and self-hating, you might be able to put together a raid group with enough perseverance to think of ours. Our fighters were born in war. aroused in it. It’s a way of life that shuns “first world” people. They live a life filled with so much misery and pain that they are willing to fight barefoot in the snow for the chance of their own martyrdom. They long for the chance of death. When they have the blessed opportunity to sacrifice themselves, they sit above Muhammad at the right hand of God. God bless you forever
What honors do your fighters receive? Their empty sacrifice is remembered in the form of a “three-day weekend”. The majority of your population uses this sacred time to drink and gain fat as a way to celebrate their fallen warriors. Unfortunately, we pay tribute to their deaths with greater honour.
The colorful pieces of cloth that they hang on their chests resemble the jewelry that our women wear. What’s the use of rewards and vanity if you don’t have the guts to take on the fight? We do not place the burden of health care on our fighters because they often want to die for the sake of Allah. Your fighters are fighting to live. Their inability to reconcile the inevitable consequence of our patience leads them to kill themselves. Medications, counselors, and nonprofits won’t take away the pain and suffering you’ve forced them to endure. It will not remove the pain we have inflicted on your crumbling nation. You are your deadliest enemy.
We will give credit to your fighters. Some are imaginative, stubborn, and fierce. They outdid us in every possible way. But again, we are simply waiting for them. God is patient. You rotate them through our Holy Land every 3 to 12 months for their combat rotation. After their tour is complete, they return to their warm beds and endless entertainment. If you leave them here, in our holy land, with no way out but to win, you may have a chance of success. The longer you poison our Holy Land with your presence, the more your “rules of engagement” will strengthen our position. There is only one rule in war – to win.
Your leaders made you fight with your hands tied behind your back. Your rules also confused our fighters. Obviously we are the enemy. Why did they let us go? “Thank you for your sympathy for allowing our fighters to kill more infidels. We are starting to feel as if your leaders are on our side. We are grateful to your wicked dogs who were never allowed to untie their chains.”
Your show generals makes us laugh. You spend millions of dollars flying them around our country, devising new ways to win while ignoring the directions of our most capable enemies. Your generals make decisions to reduce the risk to their fragile reputation with the ultimate goal of securing a profitable retirement – jobs with suppliers that fuel your losing power. A self-serving circle built on the backs of younger, more naive fighters.
Your retired generals “earn” tens of thousands of dollars by talking to your political, industrial, and financial leaders about “difference, win, and discipline.” It is a mockery of the war they refused to fight. It is a mockery of the infidel warriors who died in our lands. We urge you to continue to follow their empty characters so that we can follow the collapse of your once-great nation.
The statesman and elected officials are weak, narcissistic, and more cowardly than your generals. They crave you above all else. They come to our country, hide behind the walls of the explosion, and listen only to the words of the local leader who put them in power. I think your soldiers call this “ice cream cone licking”.
They burned billions of dollars in a wasted effort to bring clean water, electricity, business, education, agriculture, and exports to a region that didn’t ask for it. You should have saved yourself the effort and simply offered the money to us. Don’t worry, your diplomatic friends gave us a lot of US tax money. If you want to give it another chance with your “soft power”, send those who have real experience, not fancy degrees and silver tongues.
Over the next few months, we will make the world understand that you have failed worse than any fighting force that has invaded our lands. Today we celebrate victory.
During the evacuation of your embassy, our fighters will stand in the shadows. RPG shooters will be patient. Thank you for the parting gifts. You’ll find surface-to-air missiles in the back of Toyota pickup trucks you bought for us. we saw what blackmail 17 Do for your nation and the morale of your fighting force. Do your citizens even remember this victory? We will repeat and improve our victory while your fellow citizens and sympathizers put you in disgrace. Every one of your opponents around the world will know exactly how to break you. Welcome to launch empty drones, target our cell phones, and send your spies. But they too will fail in the end. We will use their failures to show the world that you are not all-powerful. You are a false front – an empty shell. You lie, cheat, steal, and get defeated easily because you lack the backbone to fight back. This is your date now. We are grateful that God gave us the opportunity to show the world how to defeat the infidels.
We look forward to seeing you again across the battlefield.
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