The U.S. Army has issued a pocket reference guide – "Inside the Wire Threats – Afghanistan Green on Blue" – to help troops protect themselves from the increasingly common phenomenon of attacks from Afghans who are supposed to be allies. Men in the Afghan military and police force suddenly turn on and murder the Americans who are training them; there have been eight such attacks in just the last three weeks, and they are growing more frequent. The Army's recommendations revolve around the central premise that such attacks are the U.S.'s fault.
According to Truthout.org, Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan General John Allen "recently ordered U.S. forces to carry loaded weapons 'around the clock' following the recent spate of 'green on blue' attacks." That they weren't already doing so is insane, but true. According to Truthout, the pocket guide stipulates: "If U.S. soldiers are unarmed during a 'green on blue' attack they should 'execute rehearsed actions on contact,' and 'have an escape route and plan in mind — hopefully two.'" They would be unarmed, of course, to show good will towards the Afghans. The fact that these instructions need to be included in the guide illustrate how these gestures of good will are all too often returned.