Before Obama’s disastrous Afghanistan surge cost 1,500 American lives and 15,000 wounded, before wars were won by “Hearts and Minds” and CVE, the War in Afghanistan was won by America’s horse soldiers.
Near Ground Zero stands a sculpture of a mounted special forces soldier titled, “De Oppresso Liber” or “To Liberate the Oppressed”, the motto of the Special Forces. The unveiling of the monument was attended by Vice President Biden and General Petraeus, as seen in the photo below.
“It was as if the Jetsons had met the Flintstones,” said Captain Will Summers, former Special Forces team sergeant for the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), as his team linked up and operated with members of the Afghan Northern Alliance just weeks after the 9/11 attacks.
As the nation’s first responders overseas, the Green Berets of the 5th SFG (A) were given the mission to hunt down those responsible for the 9/11 attacks and bring them to justice.
The Special Forces teams faced enormous operational challenges and were required to rapidly adapt 21st century combat technologies and tactics into age-old Central Asian models of guerilla and tribal warfare as they partnered with the Afghan tribes of the Northern Alliance.
Needing suitable transportation to navigate the difficult mountainous terrain of Northern Afghanistan, the Special Forces Operational Detachments – Alpha (SFOD-A), or A-teams, were provided horses by the Afghan tribes they were supporting.
The Green Berets readily accepted this superior form of mobility and proceeded to assist and advise the Northern Alliance fighters from horseback, similar to the cavalry days of old.
Co-ordinating military operations while on horseback with local tribal warlords, the Green Berets accomplished in weeks what many thought would take months, if not years; defeating the Taliban and pushing surviving members of al-Qaeda into the mountains of Pakistan.
Soon thereafter, the Green Berets would adopt the familiar title of Horse Soldiers.
In honor of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, each Green Beret A-Team carried with them pieces of steel recovered from the rubble that was the World Trade Center.
At the site where each A-team completed their mission they respectively buried a piece of the World Trade Center steel and a properly folded American flag.
As the first unit to invade Afghanistan and take the fight to those responsible, the burial ceremonies in Afghanistan would forever bond the Green Berets of the 5th SFG (A) to the New York City first responders.
At the debate, Obama showed his and disrespect for the Green Berets and his ignorance of how wars are fought in the real world.
As a clueless technocrat, Obama has never been able to understand that you do not defeat an enemy with drones from thousands of miles away, but through the sacrifice of brave men and women, fighting under “non-optimal” conditions and adapting to their environment.
The horse soldiers did more to win Afghanistan than any of the useless and wasteful operations that Obama has since authorized. And they won it with few lives lost and great gains. They won it by understanding the battlefield, rather than by sneering at it.
As Obama prepares to purge the military, firing as 100,000 of the bravest men and women of our country, to fund his technocratic schemes with money borrowed from China and Saudi Arabia, perhaps he should pause for a moment at the foot of the statue of “De Oppresso Liber” and contemplate the accomplishments of the men who liberated millions of women, while he has subjected millions of women in Egypt and Tunisia to the repression of the new Taliban.