This is sad.
Gen. David Petraeus, NATO ISAF cmdr., in traditional Afghan attire, thanks Laghman Prov. Gov. Azizi, for his hospitality throughout the day. Petraeus visited Azizi to talk about development of a sustainable Afghan system, within the prov., Feb. 7.This is just goofy.
When he toured several African nations 18 months ago as his presidential campaign was gearing up, Sen. Barack Obama engaged in the time-honored practice of American politicians visiting foreign countries: he was photographed wearing local garb.
The photograph, taken in the summer of 2006, re-emerged Monday in this year's hotly contested presidential campaign, after a report that staffers working for Hillary Clinton sent reporters the photo, which shows Obama wearing a turban and native Kenyan clothing.This is a great way to get yourself killed.
In an effort to get closer to the local population, American female soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are being encouraged to wear a Muslim headscarf when interacting with civilians. But some question whether the practice constitutes cultural sensitivity or a form of appeasement that is degrading to U.S. soldiers.No kevlar = no protection = brain injury or death.
Major Kyndra Rotunda, executive director of the Military Law and Policy Institute and AMVETS Legal Clinic at Chapman University, told The Daily Caller that while the women are not being ordered to wear the head scarf, encouragement is tantamount to a demand.
“They say they are encouraging women to wear the headscarf when they are out and about and on patrol. But the problem is — and I think anyone who has been in the military understands that being encouraged to do something is about the same thing as being ordered — it really puts them in an uncomfortable position when their commander says, ‘We really want you to do this, technically you don’t have to, but we really want you to do this,’” she said.
But ..... well ... I'll let General Casey explain it for you.
Hat tip Mark & LT B.
UPDATE: Stu makes a very good point in comments.