JALREZ VALLEY, AFGHANISTAN-After U.S. soldiers left Combat Outpost Conlon in February -packing up weapons, generators and portable toilets-their Afghan successors rushed to the American barracks and command center, eager to inspect their inheritance. ...
Months later, it's a dismal scene. The 240 Afghan soldiers are down to three hours of electricity a day. Almost all of their vehicles have broken down. They don't have the night-vision goggles needed to guard their base after sunset.
"The Americans left too early, and they left without giving us what we need," said Lt. Col. Hamidullah Kohdamany, the battalion commander.
Sorry to say, but I'm not at all surprised at the rapid return to the not-so-modern status of the base. Nor am I surprised at the apparent attitude of "those darn Americans abandoned us after they kept getting shot, and they didn't give us
what we thought we deserved."
Good luck with that, Lt. Col. Kohdamany.