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Novak Gets Hooked

And I don't mean that in a good way.

Greyhawk finds the story and gets the blogosphere stirred up.

Bob Novak, whacko reporter guy, completely misrepresents the 25th Infantry Division's plans and actions in Afghanistan.

The handful of valiant American warriors fighting the ''other'' war in Afghanistan is not a happy band of brothers. They are undermanned and feel neglected, lack confidence in their generals and are disgusted by Afghan political leadership. Most important, they are appalled by the immense but fruitless effort to find Osama bin Laden for purposes of U.S. politics.
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The situation in Afghanistan, as laid out to me, looks nothing like a country alleged to be progressing toward representative democracy under American tutelage. Hamid Karzai, the U.S.-sponsored Afghan president, is regarded by the U.S. troops as hopelessly corrupt and kept in power by U.S. force of arms.

Those arms are not what they seem. The basic U.S. strength in Afghanistan is 17,000 troops of ''straight-legged'' infantry -- conventional forces ill-prepared to handle irregulars. The new unit assigned to Afghanistan is the 25th Infantry Division, which has been stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and has not seen combat since the Vietnam War...

MilBlogger Sgt. Hook, who just so happens to be in the 25th Infantry Division as a Company First Sergeant, takes issue with Mr. Novak's callous and vague report on the status of the troops in Afghanistan.

As much as I want to respond, Sgt. Hook is uniquely qualified and motivated to answer Mr. Novak's horrible journalism.

Read his response now.

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