Col. Harry D. Tunnell IV, commander of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division


An American hero, Colonel Harry Tunnell IV, Commander of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, documented the truth about the war in Afghanistan.

What Obama is really doing in Afghanistan is treasonous.

Dated August 20, 2010, a letter was written to John McHugh, Secretary of the Army, signed by Colonel Harry Tunnell IV. In the letter, four significant factors about military operations in Afghanistan were revealed.

1. When US soldiers arrive in Afghanistan, they are told that they are fighting for the Afghan people:

“Soldiers join the military today to protect the United States, yet they are told once in Afghanistan that we are fighting for the Afghan people – this is a rather mercenary outlook and ignores the fact that the United States was attacked September 11, 2001.”

2. Contrary to the lies Joe Biden told the American people during the VP debate on October 11th, Afghan Security Forces are not able to be properly trained:


The idea that Afghan forces can lead operations such as Marjah, as was touted in the media when the operation began, is pure fancy.”

“As part of our formula for success we place a remarkable amount of emphasis on the Afghan Security Forces without understanding the men who make up that force. It is very unlikely that we will be able to provide Afghans with a level of education and training to make them an independent and reliable force that can deny Afghanistan as a safe haven to terrorists…. The Soviet Union’s attempt to create a professional independent military collapsed as soon as the Soviets withdrew (from Afghanistan), which is what contributed to the ascendency of the Taliban. This should provide an obviously cautionary tale.”

“An overview of a few cultural behaviors of Pashtu men might help one make an informed assessment about the efficacy of plans requiring independent performance from Afghan Security Forces – to determine if the objective is consistent with the reality. This cultural information is well known, there are numerous anecdotal reports, and there is a growing body of research from Human Terrain Teams and others.”

“… Afghan security forces… lack of technical skills… Out of a class of ten at our recent academy to train a Fire and Rescue Service for Spin Boldak District, only two of the trainees had ever driven a vehicle – and that is giving credit to the trainee who had driven a tractor once or twice in his life. Even simple tasks… present challenges.”

“Attempts to integrate women into the security forces… Afghan males are among the greatest misogynists in the world. The Burqa is not a Taliban invention; it is a Pashtu cultural norm.”

Health and hygiene will not be maintained at an acceptable level… Afghan military units – particularly small outposts – are bastions of filth.”

Aberrant sexual behavior is acceptable. Considering the misogynistic culture… There is an acceptance of pedophilia that is wide spread and boys are sometimes kidnapped. Leaders have been known to sexually assault male subordinates…”  See: Afghanistan’s dancing boys

“NCOs… are largely illiterate.”

“…the population does not like how the Taliban deliver but the incontrovertible fact is that the Taliban are Pashtu and their cultural norms are the same as any other Pashtu male… In fact, religiously inspired Pashtu movements are a traditional part of life in southern Afghanistan. The British… had a nickname for them: “Mad Mullah Movements”. The most frequently ignored fact is that the average farmer in southern Afghanistan will appreciate far more what Mullah Omar is proposing than what we are…”

3. US military resources are misappropriated, leaving our US soldiers ill-equipped and vulnerable to greater risk of death and injury.

“Formations that are assigned maneuver tasks without the requisite training or equipment will suffer increased and unnecessary casualties.”

“There are two important things to note: (1) this mission, to secure Kandahar City and its environs, was exactly how American forces were arrayed before being dispatched in the ill-conceived freedom of movement mission and (2) all of the maneuver was done by United States Army units – an extravagant use of tens of millions of American taxpayer dollars to placate British units and commanders.”

“In addition to marginalizing American leaders, British forces take advantage of American resources such as Full Motion Video from Unmanned Aerial Systems, Route Clearance Packages, and other capability that should go to American soldiers. We had instances when these tools were denied to American troops in contact because they were not released from British control (even though they were observing no enemy activity). A more direct example of disregard for Americans is the manner in which Task Force Helmand addressed the catastrophic IED strike on an American engineer vehicle supporting their operations. The vehicle was attacked with an IED and one US Soldier was killed. The killed and wounded were evacuated, but the remaining Soldiers were left for several days on the disabled vehicle before recovery…. American engineers were eventually forced, at great risk, to get the equipment themselves – having another Route Clearance Package battle damaged in the process. Another instance… when conducting a joint resupply patrol with the British and was abandoned half way through the patrol. The British took the American Route Clearance Package and simply left. The engineer task force sent two Route Clearance Packages to recover this BSB patrol – it took two because the first one was blown up.”

The denial of American resources to American soldiers that is commonplace is heart-breaking. The United States and Romania allow military personnel to travel on aircraft that do not have armor or defense capability, but several other partner nations do now. The result is that foreign military members are frequently prioritized at a higher level to fly on United States military aircraft which takes seats from Americans who are left to fly civilian contracted air. We expose our own service members to greater danger for the convenience of our partners and the American taxpayer, who has provided this capability for the protection of Americans, is deceived.

4. Rules of engagement were changed under Obama’s command, thus ensuring greater risk of death and injury to our soldiers.

Our potential for greater coalition casualties does not have to be inevitable, but due to our flawed approach to operations we wind up enabling our enemy. The population-centric approach which places the population as the center of gravity is applied to the point of absurdity. The enemy is entrenching himself among the civilian population as we cede to him territory and lines of communication. Our poor military approach, inadequate tactics, and haphazard operational art are compounded by NATO partnership in general and British leadership specifically. A gross lack of concern for subordinates manifests in guidance that “zero” civilian casualties are acceptable and coalition soldiers may have to be killed rather than defend themselves against a potential threat and risk being wrong and possibly resulting in injury or death of civilians – a verbal order from MajGen Carter.”

Population-centric approaches to war have resulted in senior officers that are almost pacifistic in their approach to war; while they may have a public persona that seems offensively spirited, that is not the reality when they are issuing guidance to subordinates.”

“It is clear that US Army units are employed in ways that are grossly inconsistent with sound military tactics.”

Related to the emphasis on the population, and ignoring an improved capability against the enemy, is the contempt for technology… We are far behind where we should be and this has contributed to increased American deaths and non-combatant casualties while our enemy retains freedom of movement and maneuver locally, regionally, and internationally.”

These truths in Colonel Tunnell’s letter are corroborated by the dramatic increase in US soldier fatalities, injuries and suicide under the Obama regime. As recorded by ICasualties, here are the number of fatalities and wounded to date:

US Soldiers – Fatalities are now up 410% under Obama. (an average of 401 US soldiers per year under Obama versus 79 per year under Bush).

US Soldiers – Wounded are up nearly 1200% under Obama. (an average of 4,010 US soldiers per year under Obama versus 330 per year under Bush).

In addition, US soldier suicide rates have increased to levels never seen before. This began when Obama took over as Commander-In-Chief in 2009. Here is a June 2012 article. Here is a January 2010 article which describes the 2009 suicide rate as follows:

“…the toll of military suicides last year was the worst since records began to be kept in 1980.”

Recall that on the campaign trail in 2008, Obama told the American people that Afghanistan was the war we needed to be fighting. The media promoted this and the majority of Americans unfortunately believed it, along with all the other lies, and elected this man into the Presidency.

On September 21, 2009, eight months after Obama took office, John McHugh was sworn in as the Secretary of the Army. Let us be clear that John McHugh was Obama’s pick.

Less than a year later, in August 2010, John McHugh received Colonel Tunnell’s sobering letter and has done absolutely nothing to address the reality of the conditions on the ground in Afghanistan and the unspeakable risk to our beloved soldiers.

How can we be sure John McHugh has done nothing to slow the slaughter of our soldiers? The skyrocketing rate of US soldier fatalities, injuries and suicide has not subsided; it has remained consistently high throughout Obama’s Presidency.

Who gives John McHugh his marching orders? As the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh carries out the orders of the Commander-In-Chief of the United States – Barack Hussein Obama.

Despite recent reports that US soldiers are being killed by the Afghans Security Forces they are ordered to train, Obama and McHugh have done nothing. They render our soldiers virtually defenseless among terrorist predators that may be right next to them.

  • Weakening our military strength is deliberate and occurring on several fronts.
  • We’ve shown evidence of what Obama is doing to our troops in Afghanistan, how he has put them at great risk and how he cedes US military control to the coalition.
  • Obama and Reid pushed for the START Treaty to cede control of US nuclear defenses to Russia.
  • Obama and Panetta are moving forward to radically slash the US Defense budget.
  • Obama embraces of our enemies – the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood – and brings them to unimaginable heights of power in the Middle East (e.g. Egypt), plus brings them into our White House and into the highest levels of our government.
  • Obama transferred US wealth and weapons to the radical Islamist Muslim Brotherhood (and their organizations – the Taliban, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, etc.) who want to destroy the US, Israel and the rest of Western Civilization.
  • Obama waged an illegal war in Libya and his recent actions have cost more American lives. Obama refused to protect them leading up to 9/11 (this year) and he and his administration persistently lied to the American people every step of the way. The cover-up they have been manufacturing is breathtaking – and criminal.
  • Obama assaults Tricare coverage, making it far more expensive for our soldiers and their families.
  • Obama and Holder fight to push for the lawless blocking of our soldiers’ right to vote.

Even if Obama loses in November, he will remain at the helm for another three months. That timeframe may prove to be the most dangerous for our soldiers and our country.

Telling US soldiers that they are fighting for the Afghan people is treasonous and Obama, by his actions as Commander-In-Chief, has created the conditions for the unnecessary slaughter of so many of our soldiers. This is not a mistake or incompetence; this is deliberate.

Those who want our troops to come home now are on the right side of history. As long as Obama is President, our soldiers remain in danger. Colonel Tunnel’s letter, coupled with rate of death, injury and suicide under the Obama regime eliminates any doubt about the danger.

Trevor Loudon, political activist from New Zealand and author of the book Barack Obama and the Enemies Within, provides factual information, connections and insight into Obama’s deliberate plan to weaken our military beyond repair. This video is a must see…

Video: Trevor Loudon @ OceanCountyCitzen4Freedom.com.wmv

Colonel Tunnell’s letter ends with the following:

“The willingness to combat an enemy cannot be turned on and off like a light switch. Leaders are willing to conduct operations at the tactical and operational levels of war to decisively defeat the enemy or they are not. Soldiers join the military today to protect the United States, yet they are told once in Afghanistan that we are fighting for the Afghan people – this is a rather mercenary outlook and ignores the fact that the United States was attacked September 11, 2001. If we have an Army led by people unwilling to defeat a disorganized illiterate adversary such as we face today, even after a despicable surprise attack on our nation, there is little hope that we can defeat a modern sophisticated enemy that we may face in the future.”

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  2. Marion says:

    Sent to me directly from Garry Hamilton at the NoisyRoom

    Sorry, running way behind on my email.

    I served during the “Vietnam era.” This allows me to check certain boxes on official forms, but isn’t good for much else. I also served in England & Europe, rather than on the front lines anywhere, so that kind of changed the character of our tours.

    I served during the John Kerry “America is a war criminal” time, and a lot of the [Air Force] guys I served with were all “peace-n-love” off duty, tended to be as sloppy as they could get away with on duty, and in general had what we of that day liked to call a “give a shit” attitude. There was really nothing very patriotic that you could discern from watching our Air Force guys from day to day. They were more interested in chasing the local skirts than saluting the flag.

    However . . .

    We were never ever told, in any of the countries where I stood any kind of duty (England, Germany, Greece), that we were there to “defend the locals” or that our primary mission was to “serve” them. We didn’t leak secrets to them. We didn’t temper our relationships with the locals with anything even remotely apologetic. That led to some impressive bar fights and occasionally disciplinary actions, but after the smoke cleared and the beer had been mopped up, we were still all on the same side, and we knew our adversaries were over there, behind that Iron Curtain.

    And when the base went on any kind of elevated alert status, an amazing thing happened to our sloppy troops: the careless grins went away, the customary “peace sign” replacement for salutes disappeared, and the challenge from those of us assigned to armed sentry duty was genuine. We were at war and we knew it. Yeah, sure, the real war was on the other side of the world, but we understood that we weren’t “safe and immune” from engagements. We knew that the radio installations that we so casually maintained engaged in active eavesdropping on live conversations among planes and ships just over that horizon, and occasionally (like in Athens) the bogies were only several flying minutes away.

    It was okay for us — the sloppy, careless, peace-n-love troops — to slander our commanders and NCOs, but the locals? Hey, show a little respect. We don’t bad-mouth the Queen, you don’t bad-mouth the Colonel.

    A lot of us were “draft dodgers” who joined the Air Force to stay out of the Army, but we loved our country, and our country took precedence over whoever the locals were.

    I would never have been able to hack a career in the military, but I have serious respect for anyone who could do that.

    And the actual Armed Forces leadership? We existed to ensure the security of our nation and our fellow countrymen. None of us were the least bit anxious to be heroes, but we all knew, whether we would say it to one another or not, that we would take a bullet for Lady Liberty if it came to that. We knew that part of our job was the protection of the “civilized world,” complete with its corrupt politicians, asinine governmental policies, and those same assholes who snubbed the veterans as “baby killers.”

    And our leadership knew that we knew that, and even while they had us scrubbing toilets with toothbrushes for our latest round of “stupid GI tricks,” they had our backs in public.

    I hope that somewhere in that rambling narrative you find an answer you can use.

    ~~ G

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  4. I can’t believe Obama is the President. Who really voted him in to our country and President to boot!!!!!

  5. hal says:

    I served for Col Tunnell and he is the best damn commander a soldier could have when in combat. We went to fight and that is what 5th Brigade did!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Greg Whitehead says:

    I served in 5th brigade for 4 years. Harry Tunnel was reprimanded for enforcing gorilla war tactics that were in direct conflict with the Army’s training. He lead his troops to believe everyone over there was the enemy and is directly responsible for the fact that 5th brigade took more casualties than any other brigade during it’s deployment. We lost a platoon sized element in the first three months. If you have any doubts about this, look up the award-winning documentary “Kill Team” which chronicles the events of soldiers from our brigade collecting enemy body parts and planting weapons on the bodies of murdered civilians. He was a horrible commander and the fact that you would portray him as some sort of hero standing up to our president is disgusting. Harry Tunnel sacrificed my friends lives to try and make himself look like a hero.

    • Kate says:

      Thank you for your honesty. Everyone in the Army knows about “The Murder Brigade” AKA “The Brigade From Hell” (Army Times 2011). How nice that he thinks he can pass judgment on the administration that reprimanded him for the lives that were lost.

  7. Vick says:

    I also served under Col Tunnell. He reminded me of that black guy from the Allstate comercial and I would say he was a shitty commander. We were sent there untrained without a mission which left 33 of my battle buddies dead and 90% of us with PTSD. They were trying their hardest to send us back and Col Tunnell refused. 5-2 Styker Brigade

    • mr_natavil@yahoo.com says:

      you guys are untrained not because of Col Tunnel it is because of you battalion commander, 2-1 in and 4-23 trained hard before that deployment Yakima is our second home, we spent more days in Yakima than here in ft. Lewis I will say you cannot blame the brigade.

      • Ralph says:

        I would agree, not that you were poorly trained but that you were allowed to have a culture of complacency which is death in combat. I had a conversation with with one of your 1SG’s about the fact his guys were wearing tennis shoes and t-shirts on patrol and his reply was “casual is how we roll here”. I knew many of those 33, and I grieve with you.

      • Chris says:

        Actually the BDE CDR is responsible for training companies. Doctrine states two levels up is who trains that specific unit. Platoon would be Battalion and Company would be Brigade. So yes it is Tunnels fault, because he sets the standard and the training.

    • Raymond Giroux says:

      Do you understand what the NCO Creed states? Here’s a quote for you. “My two basic responsibilities will always be uppermost in my mind—accomplishment of my mission and the welfare of my Soldiers.” and “I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage.” This means that it is the direct leadership of the NCO’s in charge of soldiers that is supposed to provide training, including additional training that is not proposed by the command staff. The other point is that in the case that command is messing up it is their responsibility to correct the mistake and take action to prevent further issues from arising. I have served under some crappy commands but the NCO’s took it upon themselves to train and help their soldiers.

  8. Juan Diaz says:

    I believe we should let our generals, cols., captains, leut, and ncos fight and lead not congress–Always tieing the soldiers hands. We won world war 1 and 2 using this method. Juan Diaz-Hernandez

  9. Byron says:

    I served under Col. Tunnell and some of you are blaming the colonel for things that happened. Take a look at the small unit leadership and ask yourself why were you untrained. My platoon I was served was trained and we took contact on multiple occasions without injury. I operated from Spin B all the way to Marjah, and we were successful, period. Yes there were some soldiers that did our brigade some dishonor, I will admit that. However, we accomplished a lot that whole year we were there. Let’s be real about shit before you point the finger. Now I did lose comrades form platoons that I trained as well as one of my best friends, but I guarantee none of them would say that Col. Tunnell was at fault.

  10. Matt says:

    I too served under Col. Tunnell while we were 5-2. Now even though I dont agree with everything he did I also know that we were not untrained when we deployed. If your batallion was it had nothing to do with Tunnell. It was your direct leadership. There is a reason that units get blessed off on from the Cadre at NTC. Its always easier to point the finger than accept responsibility when shit hits the fan and good Soldiers die. As for the “Kill Team” Comment above, what the hell does that have to do with the BDE Commander? You make it seem like he blessed off on them killing “innocent” civilians and keeping body parts. Man up and take responsibility that you did everything you could to bring all of your men home. Ironic thing about war is not everyone comes home. Its something we all knew when we signed up.

    • Ralph says:

      Matt, the ring leader of “The Kill Team” came directly from Col Tunnell’s Personal security detail. While it does not suggest culpability of the command team it does speak to the command climate he fostered. I knew the members of “the Kill team” intimately and completely agree the fault lies in the the small unit leadership with a PSG who was willfully ignorant and a PL who was incompetent.

  11. vlad says:

    I think he must be the only black soldier in Afghanistan,cause you never see them there,obama is keeping them safe and sending whites to friont lines,but you might know the media has a big picture of a black general,what a load,they are all whites in Afghanistan,the blacks you see have comfy numbers like this asshole.and are not seen in the fighting.

  12. Chris says:

    Tunnel was the same as when he was a Battalion Commander in Iraq with the 173rd. He had questionable decisions there as well, before he was shot in the leg and removed from theater. The lack of training was well noted and the “Big” Army still allowed 5-2 to deploy not as prepared as other units. Remember who is responsible for training Companies. Two levels up is Doctrine and that rest on the Brigade Commander himself!

  13. jayson p holden says:

    Col. Tunnel is the man. What up 5th bde? Its the one an only goose. And I’m glad I made it outta there alive. God bless to all the families of the buddies I lost! Peace on earth!

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