Since the DEA is an American civilian “law” enforcement agency, would somebody mind telling me what they were doing in Afghanistan? Were they “advisors” sharing their invincible expertise on ending drug production?
Apparently, the agency has been strong-arming their pilots into going over, with threats of demotion, and sending their “problem children” out of the country. I have a little sympathy for those who thought they were getting a domestic job. But fundamentally, I have no more sympathy for the DEA than I have for your typical Waffen SS member, and for the same reason.
In the past year, the DEA has launched an ambitious plan to increase its personnel in Afghanistan from about a dozen to nearly 80, greatly expanding its role, particularly in military actions against drug traffickers.
So were these guys counted in yesterday’s “14 casualties”? Are they soldiers? Sorry, I will never celebrate the death of an American soldier….but I’m celebrating now.