Ready to get angry? It seems at least part of the Spanish military doesn’t work and play well with others, to the extent of treating their American allies like enemies. Michael Yon received a copy of an email from a US officer detailing the miserable treatment our soldiers and Marines at a remote outpost. Here’s an excerpt:
Qal E Naw: The Spanish are not interested in helping in anyway, and are trying to make us decide to leave based on their unacceptable treatment of Americans. Our refuelers [soldiers who refuel helicopters] that are living there have to run out, unroll the hoses, pull security, and roll everything back up. They have asked for gravel along the FLS as it is currently calf deep mud, but the Spanish refuse to make any improvements. They asked for a T barrier (just one) to put at a 45 degree angle outside the fence where the FARP [Forward Arming and Refueling Point; where helicopters land for ammo and gas] has to be set up so they can run for cover in case there is small arms fire, the Spanish say no and refuse to make any improvements. They asked for a small gate where their billets are located so they can access the FARP directly rather than going a half mile loop to get out the gate, but the Spanish said no and refuse to make any improvements. They [sic] guys are living hard (we understand that) but have to do laundry by hand as all of their stuff is stolen if they turn it into the laundry, they discussed this with the Spanish, but they refuse to many any improvements.
USFOR-A needs to energize someone to develop a viable, enduring plan for this FARP that isn’t reliant on the Spanish. This is a key hub for fuel (since we can’t get trucks to [xxx] or [xxx]) so let’s improve this location to better support those guys living out there on the edge by themselves. They refused to allow a Marine detachment that was dropped there to come into the wire or feed them overnight. Our refuelers had to fight the Spanish to bring them in and squeeze them into the two small tents that they have and give them MREs as they [sic] Spanish wouldn’t feed them. Is this how we allow our Coalition partners to treat Americans?
Read the whole thing. Note, however, that one US officer currently in Afghanistan and posting in the comments section at Yon’s site reports that his experience of our Coalition partners has been good. Hopefully this is an isolated incident that can be rectified by a general officer showing up and kicking some of these cabrones in the culo.
AFTERTHOUGHT: If you’d like to respectfully render your opinion on Spanish-American military relations to the Spanish authorities, you can email the Military Attache of the Spanish Embassy, Colonel Jesus Ubierna. Be polite but firm in expressing your displeasure; the Spanish authorities may well be as appalled by this as we are.
LINKS: More at The Jawa Report.