The other day we noted how the father of Johnny "Mike" Spann reacted with dismay
to the Taliban-Bowe Bergdahl swap.
Mike Spann, a CIA officer and former Marine, was the first American killed
in the Afghanistan war, during an uprising of prisoners in Northern Afghanistan. We have covered the story many times over the years. It is one of heroism, of small groups of special forces and CIA officers who operated in conjunction with Northern Afghanistan ethnic warlords to rout the Taliban long before there was a sizable U.S. ground presence.
One of those warlords was Uzbek General Abdul Rashid Dostum
, who wrote a memorial
to Spann and erected a monument (featured image
). General Dostum is back in the news as he's running for Vice President of Afghanistan [the runoff election is today
], and as ethnic warlords once again are seen as the key
to fighting the Taliban as the U.S. winds down. Oh, and General Dostum is on Twitter
The uprising that led to Spann's death included not only so-called American Taliban John Walker Lindh (now in prison in the U.S.), but also one of the 5 Taliban leaders exchanged for Bergdahl.
We've previously featured Spann's daughter Alison
, and all her great accomplishments.
Alison was recently interviewed on Fox News
) and echoed her grandfather's dismay at the swap: