Martin Bashir | January 20, 2012
>>> tensions between allied forces and the soldiers they're supposed to train have been rising according to to a report obtained by the "new york times" soldiers are being killed when an afghan trainee opened fire. now there are reports that french troops are withdrawing altogether. i'm joined by the recipient of the medal of honor . you know the experience yourself serving in vietnam with people from the local community on your left and on your right. that's a challenge, isn't it, for any foreign soldier?
>> yes. you're always looking over your shoulder. the worse the situation becomes, the more concerned you are about the indigenous population . as your force erodes over time because you lose people killed and wounded and are replaced by less-experienced people, you begin to get concerned about the people in your unit itself.
>> it feels like this has multipled even more in a place like afghanistan and the fact of the matter is you have this split loyalty. you have issues of integrity. you have individuals who are known to be regular users of drugs within that afghan area.
>> and huge corruption too. vietnam is a modern country . it was even then, even though there were huge rural areas . so very much different than a situation in afghanistan , which is firmly rooted in the eighth century not moving quickly forward. and has huge focus internally in small areas. localities that are not national loyalties that are two people. tribes to local afghan leaders. you're not going to be able to trust anybody to have a great deal of support for the nationality when they are focused on local areas.
>> without naming people, you know people personally who are in afghanistan serving.
>> i do. if we have the time, a friend of mine was a special forces noncommission officer in afghanistan for many tours. training lowball tribesmen and policemen. and after being with them for a long time, turned around, opened fire on the americans. shot this guy eight times. he's a very lucky man. managed to survive after many years in the hospital. you can see what kind of concern you have when you're imbedded in a population with no loyalty whatsoever to the central government or the notion of nationwide.
>> terribly challenging situation.