Michael Yon reports, you decide.
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.
There is much more at the link. If the Spaniards don’t want to help, then send them home and let our men and women do their job. I understand the hazing that goes on between military units, but when lives are on the line, it is no longer hazing. This is passive aggressive “combat.” It needs to stop. NOW!
Of course if one of their guys needs some heroic measures to be taken on their behalf and our medevac birds are stuck in the mud because gravel landing beds were denied, maybe they would see the value of working together. For the sake of the poor chap whose life could be lost in order to bring about change I hope it doesn’t come to that. If you read this, please contact your congressmen and senators. If we can give this story some legs, maybe change will happen without lives being lost in the process.