In todays video, I conducted an interview with Daniel L Davis, about the Iraq & Afghanistan wars and his time there. Along with his on the ground experience, he also compliments this with excellent knowledge of the topic area. We focused on the system that feeds these wars, and continues to perpetuate them. The Generals telling congress & the media the war is going well, careerism, the media themselves, fear of speaking out, squad rotations, not wanting to be the one who admits failure and the financial incentives to keep the wars going.
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Bio - Daniel L. Davis is a senior fellow and military expert at Defense Priorities. Davis retired from the U.S. Army as a Lt. Col. after 21 years of active service. He was deployed into combat zones four times in his career, beginning with Operation Desert Storm in 1991, and then to Iraq in 2009 and Afghanistan twice (2005, 2011). He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor at the Battle of 73 Easting in 1991, and awarded a Bronze Star Medal in Afghanistan in 2011. He is the author of The Eleventh Hour in 2020 America.
Davis gained some national notoriety in 2012 when he returned from Afghanistan and published a report detailing how senior U.S. military and civilian leaders told the American public and Congress the war was going well while, in reality, it was headed to defeat. Events since confirmed his analysis was correct.
"I think at most, we’re looking at maybe 50 to 100, maybe less. There’s no question that the main location of al Qaeda is in tribal areas of Pakistan.” CIA Director Leon Panetta: Serious Problems With Afghanistan War but Progress Being Made, ABC News JACK DATE June 27, 2010
General Petraeus on Afghanistan 31 Aug. 2010 "Progress in Afghanistan has been slow but for the first time, we are getting the inputs right to achieve success", said ISAF Commander General David Petraeus during his first interview for NATOchannel.tv.
Barack Obama: Afghanistan war is on track This article is more than 12 years old Review of troop surge strategy concludes US has made progress, but is a long way from winning the conflict Chris McGreal in Washington Thu 16 Dec 2010 The Guardian
Warlord, Inc. : extortion and corruption along the U.S. supply chain in Afghanistan Author: John F Tierney; United States. Congress. House. Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs. Publisher:[Washington, DC] : [U.S. House of Representatives], 2010
Spencer Ackerman in New York On Tuesday, the retired general who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan will publish a candid book likely to be unloved in military and political circles Spencer Ackerman Mon 10 Nov 2014 The Guardian
"The Budget requests $842 billion in discretionary budget authority for 2024, a $26 billion or 3.2-percent increase from the 2023 enacted level. This growth enables DOD to make the investments necessary to execute the Administration’s 2022 National Security and National Defense Strategies." Budget of the U.S. Government FISCAL YEAR 2024 Page 68
MSNBC military analysts and experts Read the biographies of MSNBC’s military analysts and experts, who are helping us bring you complete and in-depth coverage of the showdown with Saddam. Link copied Dec. 17, 2003 MSNBC
Air Force general predicts war with China in 2025, tells officers to prep by firing 'a clip' at a target, and 'aim for the head' “I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me will fight in 2025," said Gen. Mike Minihan in a memo sent to the officers he commands and obtained by NBC News Jan. 27, 2023 By Courtney Kube and Mosheh Gains